Big V Talks ON US Coin Collecting

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Profit and Loss Statement

I took some coins into my old shop today and my neighbor went with me so he could buy some silver. He was watching my deal go down and once back in the car, he asked if the heat had gotten to me. While it had hit 92 F (33 C) here today, I didn't understand his question. He had seen me unload some... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Something Old, Something New

Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Do you know the next line of that brides poem? "And a Six Pence in her Shoe.' The act of adding a silver six pence to the shoe of the bride (which typically was given to her by her father) was an act of good luck, prosperity, and happiness in her wedded life.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Q & A" Session

Oh yeah. It's been a while. A lot of not so nice things have happened in the mean time but just as writing is a method to relax, so is working with my coins. As I prep my new office to do more things, I thought I'd open up a "Q & A" time. Do you have any particular questions about American coins?... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Nice Video

It will take me a few days yet to get back into the swing of things on a full time basis after my stroke but I highly recommend this series of videos. Just as a matter of history, it was Dave Bowers, the guy in this video, who found huge quantities of the 1955 double die cent which put him on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Liberty Head Nickel 1883 to 1912

The Liberty Head Nickel, more commonly known as the "V Nickel" due to the V on the back that was the Roman numeral for five, was made from 1883 to 1912. The only time branch mints were used was for the last year of production, with coins made at Denver and San Francisco. This was another coin... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Shield Nickel of 1866 to 1883

After the Civil War, the mint looked to once again bring smaller denominations back into circulation. People were still hoarding silver and gold coins so they looked to nickel coins. The three cent nickel had remained out in circulation so they decided to make the new five cent coin from nickel. As... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Twenty Cents? Yep, Not A Quarter!

The American Twenty cent piece has a lot of corollaries to the Susan B. Anthony dollar. It was a coin that wasn't needed, looked like a coin of a different denomination, was pushed into existence by people with an agenda, and had a very short life. Silver coins were still not circulating much,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Phoney As A Three Cent Piece???

The American three cent piece was initially mint in 1851 to make purchasing postage easier. In its first three years, it was made of 75% silver and 25% copper as our friends, the French, were still grabbing up American 90% silver coins to take back and melt down to make 75% French coins. In an... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

My Two Cents Worth

The two cent piece was first struck in 1864 and was done and over in 1873. The final year was for collectos only. The civil war had made nearly every silver coin to disappear and they were trying to get some kind of circulating coin out there. The coin also had the honor of being the very first... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Half and Half!

The half cent was minted from 1793 to 1857 and was just a tad smaller than the modern quarter. Depending on who you ask, they were worth between ten and fifteen cents in modern money. It was the smallest denomination the US mint ever made.It was also unusual in the fact that is 100% copper and they... Sign in to see full entry.

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