Legend Numismatics

Lianna Spurrier

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World War 2's impact on coinage was felt around the world. Image: CoinWeek.

How World War II Created Strange and Unusual Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek .....   World War II affected coins almost everywhere around the world. In the United States, the most dramatic effect that the...

Coin Design Blunders at the United States Mint

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... We all make mistakes – the United States Mint included. Over the years the Mint has released multiple coins...

Fact or Myth: Josh Tatum and Racketeer Nickels

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... The Liberty head or “V” nickel was released in 1883. The denomination was marked by a large "V" on...

CoinWeek IQ – From Half Disme to Half Dime

From Half Disme to Half Dime By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... Quite a few denominations have been introduced and retired throughout our history, and...

CoinWeek IQ: A Guide to Certified Coin Stickers

Not all MS65s are created equal   By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... * * * Third-party grading has become ubiquitous in the numismatic world, but grading isn’t...

CoinWeek IQ: Instagram’s Place in Numismatics – A Unique Marketplace

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... When purchasing coins online, most people’s go-to venue will be eBay or one of the major auction houses. There...

CoinWeek IQ – Nickel, Joseph Wharton, and US Coinage

Nickel and US Coinage by Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... Unlike copper, silver, and gold, nickel is a fairly new addition to coinage around the...
1793 Cents - CoinWeek IQ

CoinWeek IQ: A Breakdown of Flowing Hair Large Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... The Flowing Hair cent of 1793, along with the half cent, were the first coins mass-produced by the United...

CoinWeek IQ – The Oddities of Indian Head Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... We all know that there are countless varieties of large cents, meticulously cataloged and collected. Early silver coinage and...

CoinWeek IQ: An Introduction to Ancient Indian Punch Mark Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek .....   Ancient coinage developed in three primary, distinct traditions. We all know one of them: the Greek tradition of struck...

CoinWeek IQ: Japanese Bar Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... Information about early Japanese coinage can be difficult to find. It’s not a highly studied area among American numismatists,...

CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek .....   Flying Eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively...

The Golden Dollar: Story of the Sacagaweas

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... The dollar coin has never circulated well in America. Even designs that are loved by collectors today, such as...
Bar Cent

Early American Coins: The Bar Cent and Counterfeits

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... The bar cent has a remarkably simple design: A USA monogram on the obverse and 13 bars on the...

Pez Heads and Starburst: Errors and “Errors” of George Washington Presidential Dollars

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... In 2007, eBay exploded with different varieties and errors of the new George Washington presidential dollar coins. The series...

Who’s Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... Newman. Ford. Eliasberg. King Farouk. We see their names on slabs, on organizations, and in books, but how much do...

The Story Behind the Susan B. Anthony Dollar

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... Large dollar coins have never been overly successful in the United States. Early silver dollars didn’t circulate widely in...
Nova Constellatio Pattern Coins: The Foundation of Our Numismatic Legacy

The Puzzle of the Nova Constellatios

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ..... What was the first US coin? The 1793 large cent? Or the 1792 half disme? Nope. The first coin series minted...

Park Avenue Numismatics Gold and Silver Bullion

Bullion Sharks Gold

Doug Winter Numismatics Branch Mint Gold

L and C is Buying

Mid America Rare Coins - Jeff Garrett