Big V Talks ON US Coin Collecting

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A friend of mine collects the Kennedy half series and just got his 2014 S "Enhanced Uncirculated" Kennedy half back from NGC where it garnered the top grade in the business of SP-70. This coin was a high relief "First Day Release" and was a beautiful looking coin. These were made in deference to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 9, 2015

West Point Strikes A Dime!

Occasionally, I forget something while writing on a series and in this case, it was the 1996 W mint marked Roosevelt dime. This coin wasn't released for general circulation and was only found in the 1996 US Mint Set. They made about 1.47 million of them. If you buy a 1996 Mint Set, make double sure... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Kennedy Half Series

The Kennedy half got its start after his assassination in late 1963. Oddly enough, the fine folks at the mint had fallen out of love of the Franklin half and used the Kennedy tragedy to nix the Franklin. They moved at lightning spped to get the new design around, something that is very unusual at... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Few Interesting Washington Quarter Varieties

For as long as the series was minted, thre really weren't a lot of odd varieties of the Washington quarter. Oddly enough, the years 1934 and 1950 seemed to hog some of the best ones. The first cool variety was the 1934 Double Die where the PUP (Pick Up Point) was at the motto, 'In God We Trust." It... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Washington Quarter Series - 1932 to 1964 - The Silver Set

The Washington quarter got its start in 1932 with the intention of being a one year commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. It was very well received and while no quarters were minted in 1933 due to the Great Depression, they decided to run with the new design over... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Washington Quarter Series - 1999 to 2014 and Beyond

Without getting into the politics that runs and ruins certain things, the mint director finally did something right after numerous stupid steps with the creation of the Fifty States Series. As you are probably aware that in 1999, the mint began to produce an 'educational series' of coins where each... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Clad Washington Quarters Series 1965 to 1998

Things are popping up here at home so I am going to take the easy part of this series first. I will address the early history of the series when I write about the 'silver set' of 1932 to 1964 sometime this week. In mid 1964, the price of silver rose above the cost of buying the silver and then... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Roosevelt Dime Series

The Roosevelt dime series began in 1946 replacing the "Mercury" dime. It features the bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt in honor of his work agains polio, the disease that made him use a wheel chair. The work became known as "The March of Dimes" as kids and families sought to fill out little coin... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Jefferson Five Cent Series in Overview

I have a personal affinity for the Jefferson nickel (properly known as the five cent piece) as the designer, Felix O. Schlag, lived only about 50 miles from where I grew up. Now this is a true story. I was at a yard sale in a town just outside a small town about 10 miles from his home town and found... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Over Dated Lams and Clips, Oh My!

A lamination error on Buffalo Five Cent coins are relatively common. The lamination is a result of air getting trapped in the planchet material when it was hot and molten. As it cooled and was rolled out into the sheets for blanking, the air pockets became flattened and elongated. This caused the... Sign in to see full entry.

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