2016 Introduction of Bullion Coins to Celebrate a Centennial of Artistry

2016 Introduction of Bullion Coins to Celebrate a Centennial of Artistry

One hundred years ago, 1916 was a banner year for numismatics. After Charles Barber’s eponymous designs had graced the Barber Quarter, Barber Dime, and Barber Half Dollar from 1892 to 1915, each of these three denominations received distinct facelifts the following year with new, fresh designs. This was a break from tradition because each of […]

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Challenges and Coinage in Early America

With the ease of today’s credit or debit cards and a seemingly endless supply of change collecting in our desk drawers and back pockets, it can be difficult to imagine that early Americans once did not have enough coins in circulation to complete the simplest of transactions. However, the lack of circulating coinage in early […]

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A Dearth of Change

Perhaps it is hard to imagine a time when pocket change was hard to find. Most of us tend to have an accumulation of change jingling around in our pockets, purses, or change jars. During several distinct periods in American history, however, circulating coinage was scarce enough that there was a true shortage. Although it […]

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What Are State Quarters Worth?

State Quarters are beautifully designed coins representing each one of our fifty states, but that is about all they serve a good purpose for. Many people have put together sets of these coins and have invested money into them, but these coins have proved to be a bad investment overall. The U.S Mint started producing […]

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The Coin Geek #3: Nickels and Vending Machines

  The vending machine was restocked at work today, giving me a bit of inspiration for this post. This year marks the centennial of the Buffalo nickel, struck between 1913 and 1938. The Buffalo nickel’s design, by noted sculptor James Earle Fraser, made 21st-century comebacks to appear on both a 2001 silver commemorative coin and […]

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