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The Truth About 1970-S Error Quarter and Its Value

So if you want the quick answer, there is a 99.9999999% chance that you have a regular strike non-error circulation 1970 or 1970-D quarter.  There were approximately 136 million 1970 quarters struck and another 417 million 1970-D United States quarters released for circulation by The United States Mint.  We are going to tell you how… Read More

The Truth About 1943 Steel and Bronze Copper Wheat Penny Values

The top left image shows the common 1943 penny made of zinc and steel.  The top right image shows a common steel cent that someone has coated to make it appear bronze.  The bottom left image is a 1948 wheat cent that has had the 8 in 1948 altered to look like a 3.  And… Read More

Why Sell Your Coins in a Coin Auction?

We get this question all of the time: Why should I put my coins in a Coin Auction? Well, to start, it depends on what coins you have. In some cases it might not make sense to do a coin auction. Most coins under $100 in value would be better to sell outright to an… Read More

Stack’s Bowers Auctions Off Record Setting Collection

In a record setting auction, Stack’s Bowers Auctions out of California sold the D. Brent Pogue Collection for just over $106.7 million dollars. The collection had a series of record coins. A 1793 Flowing Hair Chain (to left) cent sold for $998,750 in Part 3 of the auction, which took place in February of 2016…. Read More

Robert Scot and the Early Halves

Robert Scot, was born in Scotland in 1745. After training as a watchmaker, engraver and receiving an education from the University of Edinburgh, he immigrated to the United States. In 1775 he resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he engraved currency plates for Virginia State currency. In 1780, he moved to Richmond and assumed a role… Read More

Unearthing the Ancient Coins

From the dawn of civilization humankind has bartered and traded with neighbors to better their status. The early mediums of trade are now artifacts and in the present day they are the focus of bartering rather than the means. The field of numismatics – the study of coinage – which focuses on these archaic forms… Read More

The Numismatic History of Chinese Coins

  The rich numismatic history of China spans nearly four millennia and encompasses much more than just coins. Some of the earliest mediums of exchange included cowrie shells and bone or bronze imitations thereof during the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1766-1154 B.C.). These were highly regarded and valuable objects. Other means of currency included cast ingots… Read More

The Brief History of World Coins

Throughout history and in every corner of the globe, people have used some form of exchange with an inherent or agreed-upon value to form systems of trade and economic structure. Everything from humble carved stones to large pieces of precious metal emblazoned with works of great artistry has been used. The study and collecting of… Read More