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1938-D Buffalo nickel. Image: David Lawrence Rare Coins / CoinWeek.

Buffalo Nickel, Type 2 (1913-1938) | CoinWeek

Buffalo or Indian Head nickels have been a popular series with collectors since the start of the type, abetted by the introduction of collecting...
1792 Half Disme. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

1792 Half Disme : A Collector’s Guide

Early Attempts at a National Coinage Unsuccessful The Coinage Act of 1792 established the United States Mint and regulated the coins of the United States,...
1852-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle graded NGC MS61. Image: Stack's Bowers.

1852-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle : A Collector’s Guide

The United States Mint branch facility in Charlotte struck 9,772 quarter eagles in 1852 using one pair of dies (Winter die pair 14-I). As...
1934-D Lincoln Cent graded PCGS MS67+RD. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1934-D Lincoln Cent : A Collector’s Guide

The 1934-D Lincoln cent is notorious for the prominence of coins struck with heavily worn dies. Error-and-variety enthusiasts can seek out at least five...
2022-S Wilma Mankiller quarter. Image: CoinWeek / United States Mint.

2022-S Wilma Mankiller American Women Quarter : A Collector’s Guide

In 2022, the United States Mint launched a new series of circulating commemorative quarter dollar coins. The quarter dollar, which has not had a...
1986-S American Silver Eagle Proof. Image: CoinWeek / Adobe Stock.

1986-S American Silver Eagle Proof : A Collector’s Guide

The United States entered the bullion coin business when Congress authorized the production of .999 fine silver coins with the passage of the Liberty...
1955-S Lincoln Cent. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1955-S Lincoln Cent : A Collector’s Guide

Due to the pending (and ultimately temporary) shut down of the United States Mint facility in San Francisco, the 1955-S Lincoln cent is one...
1913 Buffalo Nickel, Type I. Image: David Lawrene Rare Coins.

Buffalo Nickel, Type 1 (1913) | CoinWeek

The Type 1 Buffalo nickel surplanted the Liberty Head nickel design of Charles E. Barber that had been on the chopping block ever since...
2015-D Native American Dollar - Mohawk Ironworkers. Image: CoinWeek / U.S. Mint.

2015-D Native American – Mohawk Ironworkers Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The 2015 Native American dollar coin celebrates the contributions of the Mohawk Ironworkers. For nearly a century, ironworkers from the Mohawk tribe have changed...
Coin Rarity

What Makes a Great Coin Rarity?

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek .....   I wish to focus upon the topic of viewing Great Rarities. This important topic relates to several key concepts: ...
Jack Young's Fun with Fakes 1799 Dollar

An “Old” 1799 Draped Bust Dollar – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Since I wrote my article on an ANA documented counterfeit 1799...
1796 Liberty Cap Cent, Sheldon-83. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1796 Liberty Cap Cent : A Collector’s Guide

The United States Mint used six obverses and six reverses (as understood in 1901) to create 11 die marriages for the 1796 Liberty Cap...
1795 Liberty Cap Cent, Sheldon-73. Image: Heritage Auctions (visit www.ha.com).

1795 Liberty Cap Cent : A Collector’s Guide

Three obverse dies and three reverse dies were used to strike 37,000 Lettered Edge cents with the 1795 date. Midyear, President George Washington authorized...
Redfield Hoard

The Redfield Hoard of Morgan Silver Dollars

The Redfield Hoard was a historic grouping of Morgan silver dollars, the pedigree of which can be found on Paramount holders. These coins carry...
1794 Liberty Cap Cent, Sheldon-22. Image: Stack's Bowers.

1794 Liberty Cap Cent : A Collector’s Guide

1794 Liberty Cap cent production was far more successful than the United States Mint's inaugural-year of cent production had been. The Mint settled on...
1793 Liberty Cap Cent, Sheldon-14. Image: Stack's Bowers.

1793 Liberty Cap Cent : A Collector’s Guide

The third cent design issued in 1793, engraver Joseph Wright's Liberty Cap cent was a major improvement over the designs produced by the United...
1794 Liberty Cap Cent. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

Liberty Cap Cent, 1793-1796 | CoinWeek

The cent, America's longest serving coin, debuted in 1793. Struck on blanks of English import, the denomination had already undergone two design changes before...
1991 American Silver Eagle. Image: CoinWeek.

1991 American Silver Eagle : A Collector’s Guide

Sales volume for the 1991 American Silver Eagle was sharply higher than for issues from the three preceding years, with the United States Mint...
One of two previously graded NGC MS68RD 1938-D Lincoln Cents. Image: Stack's Bowers.

1938-D Lincoln Cent – A Collector’s Guide

The United States Mint in Denver struck 20,010,000 Lincoln Wheat cents dated 1938. This mintage is the median for all Denver issues in that...
1882 Shield Nickel. Image: David Lawrence Rare Coins.

Shield Nickel, No Rays (1867-1883) | CoinWeek

With the exception of just one year (1871), production of the nickel five-cent piece was higher than that of the equivalently valued silver half...
1990 American Silver Eagle. Image: CoinWeek.

1990 American Silver Eagle : A Collector’s Guide

The 1990 American Silver Eagle saw a slight production increase over the 1988 and 1989 year-end totals. With a mintage of 5,840,110 pieces, the...
1867 Shield Nickel (with Rays). Image: Stack's Bowers.

Shield Nickel, With Rays (1866-1867) : A Collector’s Guide

Introduced following the end of the Civil War, the Shield nickel was the nation's first five-cent piece with nickel metal content. The coin was...
2000-D Sacagawea Dollar. Image: Adobe Stock.

Sacagawea Dollar (2000-Present) : A Collector’s Guide

    The Sacagawea Dollar Follows More Than Two Centuries of Dollar Coin Flops Over the course of American history, the dollar coin has generally performed poorly...
1838-O Capped Bust Half Dollar. The Neil-Stack-Queller-Pogue Specimen. Image: PCGS.

1838-O Capped Bust Half Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The 1838-O Capped Bust half dollar is one of the greatest rarities in all of American coinage. Its origins are enigmatic. Ranked in the...
1882 Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin. Image: CoinWeek / Doug Winter.

Fairmont Gold Coins, Part III: The Ungraded Fairmonts

By Richard Radick for Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) ......   In the first piece in this series, I distinguished three categories of coins in the Fairmont...
1912-S Liberty Head Nickel. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

1912-S Liberty Head Nickel : A Collector’s Guide

With only 238,000 pieces struck, the 1912-S Liberty Head nickel is the lowest circulation mintage of the entire Liberty Head nickel series. This mintage...
1883 Liberty Head nickel with CENTS. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.

Liberty Head Nickel, With Cents (1883-1912) | CoinWeek

The Liberty Head Nickel Does Not Go According to Plan On February 1, 1883, after two years of development, United States Mint Chief Engraver Charles...
1872 Indian Head Cent. Image: David Lawrence Rare Coins.

1872 Indian Head Cent : A Collector’s Guide

The United States Mint at Philadelphia produced over four million business strike Indian Head cents in 1872. Many did not circulate long and were...
1964-D Kennedy Half Dollar.

1964-D Kennedy Half Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The United States Mint struck 156,205,446 1964-D Kennedy half dollars at its Denver Mint facility. Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens The Crystal Coin Shop of Wakefield,...

Four Unique Pattern Coins Housed at the Smithsonian

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ......   Among the rare and historic U.S. pattern coins at the Smithsonian are: A 5 Dollars Pattern (1865) A...