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1878 Morgan Dollar (8 Tail Feathers) »

When the Morgan Dollar was first designed and struck, the eagle on the reverse displayed 8 tail feathers ---apparently a number not found in nature. Eagles only have 7 tail feathers. Once the error was detected, a new pattern was created to over-punch the existing coins. This created a second 1878 variety, the 1878 Morgan Dollar (7/8 Tail Feathers) because the new, 7 feather stamping can be detected...

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1883 Morgan Dollar »

The 1883 Morgan was produced in healthy numbers, over 12 million, and released into circulation immediately. You'll therefore find many examples that have circulated heavily. This is a "common date" and can be added to your collection after a short search.

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1908 Indian Head Half Eagle »

The Indian Head gold pieces, including the Indian Head Half Eagle, are unlike any other coins produced before or since by Uncle Sam: their designs and inscriptions are sunken below the surface of the coins, rather than being raised.

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1821 Capped Bust Dime (Small Date) »

The 1821 Capped Bust Dime (Small Date) was struck in 1821 and is part of the Capped Bust Dime series.

The Capped Bust dime was introduced in 1809. But it had a sputtering start, being struck only four times in its first eleven years: 1809, 1811, 1814 and 1820. From 1820, however, it was struck on a consistent basis, until it was replaced by the Seated Liberty dime mid-way through 1837.

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1849 Liberty Head Gold Dollar »

The 1849 Liberty Head Gold Dollar was struck in 1849 and is part of the Liberty Head Gold Dollar series. The tiny Liberty Head Gold Dollar had tremendous purchasing power - equivalent to a full day's wages or more for many Americans in the mid-1800s.

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1873 Trade Dollar »

The 1873 Trade Dollar was struck in 1873 and is part of the Trade Dollar series.

The U.S. Trade Dollar of 1873-85 is unique for a number of reasons. It’s the only U.S. silver dollar to be struck during a period when U.S. legislation had officially revoked provision for a silver dollar coin! It’s the only U.S. coin struck primarily for use outside of the United States, namely the Orient. It’s the only U.S. coin to have its legal tender status revoked.

Mexican Imperial Coinage »

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Mexican Imperial coinage is a wonderful way to learn about the history of Mexico and it's fruitful, dramatic incidents. From the conquest almost to the present time the history of Mexico has been replete with events of an intensely interesting character. Among the most notable of these from a Republican standpoint, may be mentioned the two attempts made to establish Imperial rule upon this continent: the first under Don Augustin Iturbide, in 1822 and 823; the second under Maximilian of Austria, in 1864 to 1867; each of which, after a turbulent and precarious existence, was suddenly brought to a most inglorious and tragical end. The Imperial authority was in each case exercised for a brief period only, yet each was prolific of medallic memorials.


Capped Bust Dime »

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The Capped Bust Dime was designed by Mint Assistant Engraver John Reich.

The Capped Bust dime was introduced in 1809. But it had a sputtering start, being struck only four times in its first eleven years: 1809, 1811, 1814 and 1820. From 1820, however, it was struck on a consistent basis, until it was replaced by the Seated Liberty dime mid-way through 1837. One of the great things about the Classic Bust dime series, is that it gives the budget-minded collector an opportunity to obtain an early U.S. silver coin, at least one that was circulating during Thomas Jefferson’s lifetime.

Early U.S. silver coins. They’re historical. They’re scarce. They’re sought-after. They’re for the advanced or “serious” collector. They’re expensive! All true – in a general sense. Also, generally speaking, “early U.S. silver” would be the Flowing Hair or Draped Bust type half dimes, dimes, quarters, half dollars and dollars.

Trade Dollar »

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In all, fewer than 36 million trade dollars were struck during the coin's 13-year lifespan, including about 11,000 proofs.

The U.S. Trade Dollar of 1873-85 is unique for a number of reasons. It’s the only U.S. silver dollar to be struck during a period when U.S. legislation had officially revoked provision for a silver dollar coin! It’s the only U.S. coin struck primarily for use outside of the United States, namely the Orient. It’s the only U.S. coin to have its legal tender status revoked. It’s the only U.S. coin to indicate how many grains it weighed, as well as indicating the fineness of the silver it contained. And it’s the only U.S. coin that’s immediately associated with the term, “chop marks.”

The curious story of the Trade dollar began in 1873, when new legislation placed our nation’s money on the gold standard.

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