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Curious, but True!

Curious, but True!

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In this and some of my upcoming columns, I will explore “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure.

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Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Two-cent pieces were first made in 1864, at a time when small change was scarce in circulation. In the following year, 1865, the shortage had abated and the nickel three-cent piece was introduced. Mintage quantities for the two-cent piece fell sharply, with 1872 (as illustrated here) being the last year they were struck for circulation. 
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Rare Only If Circulated?

Rare Only If Circulated?

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Rare Only If Circulated?

In this quiz, we ask about five different United States and related coins that are easy to find in Mint State or Proof but are difficult to find in Fine, VF, EF or AU. (Note: once question has two correct answers, take an extra point if you get both!)

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Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

Treasure Hunting for an Indian Cent

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1859 an estimated 1,000 or more specimens were made of a so-called transitional pattern (Pollock-272, Judd-228) utilizing the standard 1859 Indian Head cent obverse in combination with the oak wreath and shield reverse (as regularly adopted in 1860). Unlike most patterns, nearly all strikings were made in circulated strike format instead of Proof. Which raises the question: Is it a pattern or is it a regular issue? 

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Words From a Century Ago

Words From a Century Ago

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

The benefits of having a hobby, such as collecting coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, are many. Here is a comment from The Numismatist in March 1914.

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The 1796 Myddleton Token —‘unsurpassed in beauty’

The 1796 Myddleton Token —‘unsurpassed in beauty’

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

This story of one of my favorite tokens is excerpted from my 2002 More Adventures With Rare Coins, a book that showcased 50 of my favorite numismatic items. For more information, you can read The 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, written by Katherine Jaeger and myself, available from numismatic booksellers.

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Tribute to Saint-Gaudens by de Francisci

Tribute to Saint-Gaudens by de Francisci

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

In 1905, Charles E. Barber created the ‘official’ inaugural medal for President Theodore Roosevelt. ‘Teddy’ had been president since September 1901, when as vice president he became heir to the highest office when William McKinley was assassinated (while attending an event at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York). 
Author: Melissa
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Check Your Numismatic Mint IQ

Check Your Numismatic Mint IQ

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Check Your Numismatic IQ with this Quiz!

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