All posts by Sarah Miller

Director of Numismatics, New York

GSA Hoard of Morgan Dollars

Over the years, various hoards of coins have captured the attention of the collecting community and the public alike. The idea of finding a large cache of old coins can be intriguing to many, but

Numismatic History: Native Americans Honored in U.S. Coins

The historical tribes that make up Native American culture have often been given a place of honor on many of the US Mint’s most popular and enduring coin designs. From the Indian Cents and $3

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

Collecting by Theme: Going Beyond the Date Set

One particular style of collecting coins is so typical and familiar that even non-collectors are often aware of it. Placing one coin of each date and mintmark into a book or album is an image

Minting Mistakes: Error Coins and Their Collectability

A basic understanding of coin collecting reveals that condition, date, and scarcity are all key components of what makes a coin collectible. One area of collecting, however, focuses on mistakes made by the mint, or

The Other Exposition Commemoratives

The 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition is very familiar to most numismatists, and the $1, $2 ½, and $50 gold commemoratives created as part of this event remain popular to this day. The first gold commemoratives produced

From Pocket Change to Work of Art: Trompe l’oeil and Paper Money

Collectors of American paper money have long appreciated the artistry involved in the carefully engraved and printed designs of U.S. currency. What some collectors may not be as familiar with, however, is the tradition of

Artistry and Coin Designs

From the earliest beginnings of the U.S. Mint in the 1790s until the early 1900s, designs for American coinage were not typically produced by outside artists. Instead, the images displayed on our nickels, cents, gold

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

Panama Pacific Commemorative Coins

A beloved set of United States commemorative coins turn 100 this year. The Panama Pacific commemorative gold and silver coins, affectionately nicknamed “commems” by dealers and collectors, were produced in limited numbers in 1915 to