Perth Mint - Year of the Tiger Quadrant 2022 1oz Silver Four-Coin Set

Thanksgiving Motifs on Classic Commemoratives

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   The Thanksgiving celebration cues up the holiday season and begins the winding down of another year. The concept...
The Tab Toning of Classic US Commemorative Coins

The Tab Toning of Classic US Commemorative Coins

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   There are many strategies for collecting the classic commemorative series. With 144 silver coins across 50 different issues,...
The United States Proof Sets of 1936 to 1942

The United States Proof Sets of 1936 to 1942

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   The United States Mint is the largest coin dealer in the world. Aside from bullion items, the vast...
Lady Liberty: The Allegory of a Nation

Lady Liberty: The Allegory of a Nation

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   In discussions of our nation’s coinage, the use of a female allegory for Liberty dates back to the...
United States 1861-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar

United States 1861-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   Description The 1861 half dollars from the New Orleans Mint have the distinction of being the only issue in U.S....
The Eagles of the Classic Commemoratives

The Eagles of the Classic Commemoratives

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   The 59 distinct designs of the silver and gold classic commemoratives are often collected by theme. The bald...
US Coins - A Concise Overview of the Washington Quarter Silver Issues

US Coins – A Concise Overview of the Washington Quarter Silver Issues

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   The long-running obverse design of the Washington quarter is currently in its final year and will be changed...

US Coins – A Concise Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ......   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each...
Ghosts of Times Passed: The Remnants of the Columbian Expo

Ghosts of Times Passed: The Remnants of the Columbian Expo

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   As thousands ascend on the greater Chicago area for the American Numismatic Association's (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, we...
Isabella: The Mother of All U.S. Commemorative Quarters

Isabella: The Mother of All U.S. Commemorative Quarters

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   The original Washington quarter was intended as just a one-year commemorative. Yet John Flanagan’s obverse design has endured for...
The Liberty Nickel: Twice Controversial

The Liberty Nickel: Twice Controversial

By Kathleen Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities ......   The Liberty nickel, also referred to as the “V” nickel, is a simple design by Charles E. Barber...

Proof Franklin Half Dollars: A Date-by-Date Analysis

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   The short-lived Proof version of the popular Walking Liberty half dollar was discontinued during World War II as metals...
The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   The Washington Quarter obverse is one of the longest-running U.S. coin designs. Since colonial times, the George Washington motif...

Classic US Coins: The Short-Lived Two Cent Piece

The Two Cent Piece by Kathleen Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities ......   The Two Cent piece designed by James Longacre was struck for a mere 10...

Proof Indian Head Cents: An Overview by Decade

Indian Head Cents by Dan Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities ......   Production of the ever-popular Indian cent spanned six fascinating decades of United States history. Struck from...

The Peace Dollar (1921-1935): A Date by Date Analysis

The Peace Dollar by Dan Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities ......   2021 is the centennial of one of American numismatics' most popular series – the Peace...

Washington State Coin Dealer Dan Duncan Receives ICTA Service Award

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) dealer-member Dan Duncan (Pinnacle Rarities in Olympia, Washington) has received the association’s 2020 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding...

US Coin Design – The Heraldic Eagle Design

by Dan Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities ......... Many of the coins we collect are graced with images of the bald eagle, our national bird. Most of...
Tips for Collectors - Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Tips for Collectors – Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones by Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   Dealers at coin shows have prattled on and on about the lack of...

How the Trime ( Three Cent Coin ) Saved Pre-Civil War Commerce

Three Cent Silver - by Kathleen Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities Following the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, the “Forty-Niners” and their followers...

The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

By Kathleen Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities ......   The Gold Classic Commemorative series is an easily obtainable collection, containing only 11 issues, not including the exceptionally...

US Classic Coins – An Indian Head Cent Primer

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ...... Like its Flying Eagle predecessor, also designed by James Barton Longacre, the Indian Head cent was initially struck...

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities ......   The works of Charles Barber’s career weren’t fully appreciated until after his death. His coinage was considered pedestrian...

Coin Collecting Strategies – Blueprints for Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities .....   From buzzard to beau (bow) dollar, that large silver coin minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921...

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places With Pinnacle Rarities

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle-Rarities ......   Ezra Meeker - Champion of the Oregon Trail Over the summer months, our numismatic travels took us to great historical...

Coin Collecting Strategies – Buying Coins From Digital Photographs

By Dan Duncan - Pinnacle Rarities, Inc........   My first job in the industry was in the back of a coin shop. The store had a...

Pinnacle Rarities Purchases 1884 Proof Trade Dollar “Norweb Specimen”

Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase and subsequent sale of one of only 10 examples of the famed 1884 Proof Trade dollars....

Matt Powell Joins Pinnacle Team

Pinnacle Rarities is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Powell to the role of Marketing Director/Numismatist. Matt joined Pinnacle's team full-time on November...