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Dr. Richard S. Appel

Dr. Richard S. Appel has been a numismatic expert for 50 years. He offers his personal services as a rare coin broker or rare coin consultant to both beginner and experienced consumers alike.
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China’s Two Wars Created Important Banknote Rarities

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ......   China’s two overlapping bloody wars had a devastating impact on its citizens. They generated the overthrow of...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part VI

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part VI

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ......   Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part V

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part V

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part IV

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part IV

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |...
What You Should Know About Original Bank-Wrapped (OBW) Coin Rolls

What You Should Know About Original Bank-Wrapped (OBW) Coin Rolls

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... For well over a century, when coins were produced at one of the U.S. Mint facilities, they...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part II - Dr. Richard S. Appel

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part II

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV |...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part VI

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V * * * The year...

Choice Uncirculated Rolls of Early Lincoln Cents Beginning to Stir

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... The 1963-64 period witnessed a price explosion for uncirculated rolls of U.S. coins that has yet to...

Type B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters, 1956-64: An Unprecedented Variety, Part 1

Type B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters   By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ......   Beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1964, the Philadelphia Mint produced a...

Fantastic Obsolete Coins from Our American Heritage: Liberty Seated 20-Cent Pieces

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... From its inception, the silver 20-cent coin was one of the most poorly conceived, ill-received and unpopular...
Dr. Richard Appel and the case of the 1933 St. Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coins

The U.S. Government Confiscates Ten Multi-Million Dollar Coins

Opinion by Dr. Richard S. Appel - Unique Rare Coins ...... Mystery, intrigue and a see-saw legal battle has surrounded 10 1933 St. Gaudens $20...

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... On December 31, 1600, Queen Elizabeth (later the first) of England bestowed a Royal Charter upon the...

Early Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Rolls Far Rarer than Believed

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... There was a time when Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) rolls of coins were available in large quantities. Coins...

Philadelphia Mint 1859 Design Change Creates Three Rare $2.50 Gold Coins

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ...... The year 1859 was an eventful one for the United States Mint as well as future collectors....