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Before a coin is used as currency, it is classified as uncirculated, but once it joins the market, it is in circulation. Collectors may prefer one category over the other. After being handled, coins are less expensive to buy, but some believe they have more character. The appeal of mintage that was never exchanged in commerce is that it is in pristine condition. For modern...more
The 1933 Double Eagle is one of the most valuable American coins in existence - one was sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2002 for 7.5 million dollars, according to ABC News. You may be wondering what on earth makes these coins so special, and luckily you're about to find out. These Depression-era pieces were among the last batch of gold coins made by the U.S. mint, and they...more
You can learn where the U.S. Mint facilities are located just by inspecting a handful of pocket change, but unless you're an expert, you might not have any idea what each facility actually does or when it was founded. Luckily you're about to find out! Philadelphia This Mint has been active since 1792 - Philadelphia was the nation's capital at the time. The original...more
Add Precious Metals to Your Bullion Collection A great addition to any commemorative coin collection is the American Eagle Bullion series. Launched in 1986, this commemorative coin series includes silver, platinum, and gold coins. For new collectors, a bullion coin is valued by its weight in a specific precious metal. These coins offer several denominations: for the gold...more
Add a Little Canadian Pride to Your Collection The maple leaf is one of the most recognized symbols of Canada around the world. Now, Canada’s Maple Leaf $5 coin is getting a facelift from Merrick Mint, making it all the more appealing! This 2002 Gold Maple Leaf Hologram coin features detailed holographic images in colors reminiscent of fall leaves; the coin comes...more
History of the Quarter The quarter has a long history, as far back as 1792. This is when decisions were made with regards to the layout of the quarter. In fact, this was when Lady Liberty and the Eagle were first selected for the coin. Quarters began to be minted in 1796, and were made of silver, but in 1873, it was decided that the quarter wasn’t heavy enough,...more
A great addition to any commemorative coin collection is the American Eagle Bullion series. Launched in 1986, this commemorative coin series includes silver, platinum, and gold coins. For new collectors, a bullion coin is valued by its weight in a specific precious metal. These coins offer several denominations: for the gold and platinum coins: one ounce, one-half...more