1961 Franklin Half Dollar Proof Coin Value with Doubled Die Error on Reverse

After first hearing the definition of a “proof” coin, or a specially struck coin with mirrored surfaces produced by the United States Mint for collectors instead of for circulation, it becomes clear that such coins

It Was 50 Years Ago Today… Well, Almost

It obviously dates me to say that I still remember when the Beatles were still together, but then I don’t claim to be old enough to remember when they did the Ed Sullivan show 50

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Pop Culture Meets History – Part 2

“Silk. Tight weave. Good for an extra twenty yards.” ~ Daniel Day-Lewis as “Hawkeye” in Last of the Mohicans as he hands Uncas a roll of fabric and begins loading his rifle. The screenplay of

Those Old Wheat Cents in Your Dresser Might Be Worth a Fortune

Everybody has found an old coin in their change or inherited something they just do not know about. From wheat pennies right on up to $20 gold pieces, old coins are worth money. Sometimes they

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The Coin Geek: Mystery Novels and Money

Love. Money. Wrong place, wrong time. Read enough murder mysteries and the same three reasons for the crime get burned into the memory. (One could allow for a fourth, “ideology,” though this is usually a

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Reminiscing in Antique Radio’s Classic Charm

“It…is…later…than…you…think…” The 1930’s radio show “Lights Out Everybody” began every episode with those six little words, and then proceeded to scare the pants off thousands of people who tuned into the half-hour show that aired

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The Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band (of Authors)

Around Christmastime in 2003, I was working at a second-hand bookstore in Fort Worth. As anyone who has worked in a bookstore (or anyone who haunts old bookstores regularly) would know, I discovered a lot

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The King of Brazilian Numismatics

The Pedro I Coronation 6400 Reis gold coin is widely regarded as the most important coin in Brazilian numismatics. The Heritage World Coin Department will be holding an auction on January 5th and 6th,2014, in

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What’s Rockin’ in the World of Protective Polyethylene

Short of the Sears Wish Book or your latest auction catalog, collectors love paging through the latest catalog for Bags Unlimited, a collector’s clearinghouse for preservation supplies.