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Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

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A PCGS Trueview image of a Martha Washington pattern. Image: PCGS.

Martha Washington and Experimental Coin Trials

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... It’s not just the nation’s Founding Fathers who have appeared on our nation’s money. Some of our Founding Mothers...
Collecting the Native American Dollar

Collecting the Native American Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... The Native American Dollar series was first released by the United States Mint in 2009 and honors the lives...
What does MS64 Mean? Image: CoinWeek.

What Does MS64 Mean When Grading Coins?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... There’s no question that grade matters in coin collecting. When it comes to grading, the Sheldon Scale rules, with...
The Mexico 1 peso of 1957 through 1967 constitutes the last circulating silver 1 peso coinage from the American nation. Images courtesy PCGS.

The Last Circulating Silver 1 Peso Coins of Mexico

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... Mexico has a long history of producing some highly collectible coinage, ranging from the historic pieces of eight to...

Dealing With Criminals: Coin Dealers, Security Experts Weigh in on Safety at Coin Shows

Coin theft is one of the biggest threats coin dealers face, whether they are working out of a brick-and-mortar storefront or attending coin shows...
1886 Liberty Head Nickel. Image: PCGS.

The Scarce 1886 Liberty Nickel

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... The 1886 Liberty Nickel is among a trio of key dates that make collecting this vintage-19th-century five-cent series quite...
This closeup of the reverse of the 2005-D Speared Bison Nickel shows where a major die break caused a raised line that numismatists have dubbed the Speared Bison. Courtesy of PCGS.

The Curiosity of the 2005-D Speared Bison Nickel

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... One curiosity to arise from the modern output of the Jefferson Nickel series is the 2005-D Speared Bison variety....
The 1888-O Hot Lips Morgan Dollar features significant doubling in the area of Miss Liberty’s lips. Courtesy of PCGS.

The 1888-O Hot Lips Morgan Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... Ask a Morgan Dollar enthusiast to name their favorite VAM variety, and they’ll likely reply with the 1888-O Hot...

Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a...
1994 Vietnam Memorial Commemorative Silver Dollar. Image: PCGS / Adobe Stock.

The 1994 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... Memorial Day, a federal holiday that occurs on the last Monday of May, honors the brave Americans who died...

The Franklin Half Dollar Turns 75

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ......   Benjamin Franklin, the subject of the Franklin Half Dollar is perhaps one of the most famous Founding Fathers to...
P-Mintmark Firsts on US Coins

P-Mintmark Firsts on US Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... There’s much numismatic clamor for coins from the “CC” mint that operated in Carson City, Nevada, from 1870 through...
The 1961 Proof Doubled Die Franklin Half Dollar

The 1961 Proof Doubled Die Franklin Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... While the "Bugs Bunny" Franklin half dollar captures the whimsy of the series enthusiast, the most popular variety of...
Inflation Is Here. Why Isn't Gold $3,000 an Ounce Yet?

Inflation Is Here. Why Isn’t Gold $3,000 an Ounce Yet?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Gainesville Coins ...... It seems like a frustrating time to make decisions on precious metals. So many people want to buy...

Modern US Coins – Collecting the Susan B. Anthony Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ...... Susan B. Anthony dollars are growing on some collectors these days. Now gracefully approaching middle age, the nation’s first...
Congressman Demands Answers From US Mint About Silver Eagle Program

Why You Can’t Buy Gold or Silver At Spot Price

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Gainesville Coins ...... Wouldn’t it just be grand to buy gold or silver at spot price? Think about that pile of...
50 years of the modern proof set from the United States Mint

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ..... 1968-2018 Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since...
Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ...... There are many unusual varieties among early United States Federal-era coinage, but perhaps few are as mysterious as some...
Collecting US Coins - Modern Rarities: 1982 & 1983 Souvenir Coin Sets

Collecting US Coins – Modern Rarities: 1982 & 1983 Souvenir Coin Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ..... The United States Mint has released hundreds of products for coin collectors over the last four decades. Yet four...
1970s Quarter Values: Prices and Overview

1970s Quarter Values: Prices and Overview

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Gainesville Coins ...... As many collectors find, values for 1970s Washington quarters are all over the map. The value of any...

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