Big V Talks ON US Coin Collecting

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Buffalo Five Cent Series - Section Two

This will cover the Buffalo Five Cent pieces from 1934 to 1938. While the nicer uncirculated coins can be a bit expensive, this year run is quite commonly found in high end condition. With just a little patience, you could easily assemble a very nice collection of coins that grade from nice XF to AU... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Buffalo Five Cent Piece Overview

I was going to do a date by date, mint mark by mint mark break down of this series but I found myself becoming repetitive so here is the jist of the series in two sections. Section One is 1913 to 1931 and Section Two is 1934 to 1938. I'm not sure how many of you are old enough to remember the phrase... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Struck Through and Through!

Struck through mint errors are caused when a piece of foreign material (often lint or grease) is struck into the surface of the coin. The foreign material then becomes dislodged but leaves behind a recessed area where the design was not struck. The name “struck through” (sometimes shortened to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Another Day? Really?

I had to admit my wife to the hospital. I hope to return to normal posting tomorrow! V Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Collecting The Buffalo Five Cent Piece - The History

The Buffalo Five Cent piece was designed by James Earle Fraser and was minted from 1913 to 1938. It was a hugely refreshing change from the old style "Liberty" coin that held an image of a stodgy looking Miss Liberty. Fraser us a combination of three Indian chief models that included Iron Tail of... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Collecting the Lincoln Cents of 1940 to 1958

By and large, ALL of these dates are easily available in uncirculated and if you attend a decent coins show, you will always see sets already assembled and for sale. If you buy such a set, make sure you look at each and every coin. Look for black spots and finger prints. You can buy a set with a few... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Collecting the Lincoln Cents 1927 to 1939

By 1927, the mint had gotten their act cleaned up and by and large, most of the cents in this date range were fairly decently struck coins. In this date range, we have one key date coin in the 1931-S. While it had a low mintage, the mint was printing monthly totals for the year and by summer, every... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Collecting Lincoln Cents 1924 to 1926

You wouldn't think that I would need to separate these three years from the others but as you gain experience in the Lincoln cents, you begin to see why I do. As I had explained earlier, the mint was focusing on several other coins beyond the lowly cent. They had introduced one of the most beautiful... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Collecting Lincoln Cents 1916 to 1923

This date run of cents doesn't really have any key dates or even any real semi key dates but Still, there are some dates that are hard to find in nice condition. Let's dispense with the 'easy dates', the Philadelphia coinage from 1916 to 1923. Look to save those in nice XF or better. Make sure to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buying the Early Lincoln Cents

I'm going to switch gears here for a bit. I will continue to post articles on counterfeiting coins but right now, a lot of the photo info I have is on a computer that is in another state. I'm going to begin to talk about 'what I would collect if I were you!' I go back to my warning statement that... Sign in to see full entry.

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