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Controversial Coins from the US Mint

Throughout the history of American coinage, there have been many stunning coins that are favored among the vast majority of numismatists. From the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle to the Kennedy Half Dollar, artists have brought their talent to the US Mint and shared it with every American citizen. But not every coin struck is beloved by the public. The following coins have all been in some way controversial when they first debuted.

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Everything You Need to Know about New Orleans Morgan Dollars

The Morgan Dollar is the most popularly collected and arguably the most beloved coin series in American history. Every Morgan Dollar has a story to tell, and today we will focus on the story of those struck at the New Orleans Mint. Every year from 1879 until the series’ retirement in 1904, a Morgan Dollar issue bore the iconic New Orleans “O” mintmark. Today, those issues are some truly exciting pieces for collectors to acquire.

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Exclusive Rick Tomaska Hand-Signed Labels Available Now

Rare Collectibles TV is proud to announce that RCTV founder Rick Tomaska is hand-signing labels exclusively for NGC. These new labels will highlight some of the finest coins, personally inspected by Rick Tomaska.

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The Most Successful Coin Program in US Mint History: The 50 State Quarters

The most successful coin program that the US Mint has ever produced gave the American people 50 new coin designs over the course of ten years. The State Quarters breathed new life into numismatics by introducing coin collecting to a new generation in a way that was familiar to longtime collectors.

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The Set that Revitalized the Original Kennedy Half Dollar

In 2014, the United States Mint commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar’s release by releasing a limited production set of Kennedys struck in the same high relief format originally used in 1964. Prior to this set’s release, the 1964 coins were the only examples to showcase the originally intended high relief design.

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"The Last Carson City Morgan Dollar": How the "CC" Mintmark Returned

The Carson City Mint only struck silver Morgan Dollars for a span of 13 years from 1878 to 1893. Due to this limited run, Morgan Dollars with the illustrious “CC” mintmark are a favorite among numismatists. Devoted Carson City collectors also seek out a rare error variety produced in 1900, sometimes referred to as "the Last Carson City Morgan Dollar."

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How Dwight Eisenhower’s Legacy was Carried on in Silver

It is generally believed that silver was removed from United States coinage following Acts of Congress in the 1960s and 1970s. While this is mostly true, many are surprised to learn that select proof Eisenhower Dollars were still struck from silver from 1971 until 1976. The Mint’s decision to continue striking proof Ike Dollars from silver is rooted in a sentimental story that involves heartfelt advocacy from the former president’s wife and colleagues in Washington, D.C.

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1796 Draped Bust Dime: Historically Low Mintage and Rare Error Variety!

The 1796 Draped Bust Dime is the first issue of the Dime to ever be released by the United States Mint in American history. The Draped Bust design appeared on the Dime from 1796 to 1807, with the exception of 1799 and 1806 when no dimes were minted. The Draped Bust design is the second design to appear on U.S. coinage behind the Flowing Hair design, which was generally disliked by the public. It is not only the Dime that exhibited the Draped Bust design. In fact, all standard circulating coinage showcased the design. This includes the Dollar, Half Dollar, Quarter, Half Dime, and Cent as well.

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2 months ago

Teresa de Francisci: From Young Immigrant to Young Liberty

One of the most striking and unique depictions of Liberty comes from Anthony de Francisci’s Peace Dollar obverse. Between the sharp crown, the full lips, and the flowing hair, this image of Liberty is quite memorable and the inspiration for her came from someone very close to the designer, his wife Teresa de Francisci.

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From Cent to Gold: The Flying Eagle Design

One of the most monumental changes to American coinage happened with the Act of February 21, 1857, which allowed the striking of Flying Eagle Cent. Back in 1793, circulating American coinage began with cents and half-cents, but it wasn’t until 1857 that the cent as we know it was created. 

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A Stellar Experiment in Coinage: The Four Dollar Stella

The Four Dollar Stella coin was produced as a pattern coin for only two years in 1879 and 1880. The coins were never released for circulation and were given only to congressman as examples. It is estimated that only about 480 Stellas were struck, nearly all of which were 1879 Flowing Hair examples.

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Everything You Need to Know about Carson City Morgan Dollars

The Morgan Silver Dollar is the most collected coin in the history of American numismatics, and those struck at the Carson City Mint have always been the most desirable issues of the series. Although the Comstock Lode, the first major silver ore discovery in the United States, occurred just a stone’s throw away from Carson City, only a small percentage of Morgan Dollars ever bore the “CC” mintmark. From their limited availability to their connection with the American Wild Western Frontier, these coins have left collectors clamoring for well over a century. This article will equip you with all you need to know about Carson City Morgan Dollars before building your very own collection. 

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3 months ago

The Not-So-Bland Act That Made the Morgan Dollar 

While the Morgan Dollar was struck over a period of 40 years and became one of the most popular silver dollars struck by the U.S. Mint, it took Congress overriding a presidential veto to bring the design to life.  

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The Woman on the Quarter: Doris Doscher, A True Lady of Liberty

The Renaissance of American Coinage has long been celebrated in United States history for its innovative reimagining of our nation’s coinage. While the designers and coins of this generation are immortalized in the numismatic canon, the memories of those that inspired the coins are often swept away in time. One of the most iconic pieces of the renaissance period was Hermon MacNeil’s Standing Liberty Quarter, which showcased a militaristic rendition of Lady Liberty brandishing a shield in a defensive position. But who was this woman depicted on the Standing Liberty Quarter? This woman was none other than Doris Doscher, a woman whose aura has been described as “the highest type of American womanhood.” 

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Abraham Lincoln's Life in Four Designs: The 2009 Bicentennial Cent

February 12, 2022 marked the 213th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Lincoln was perhaps the most influential American President ever, but he also embodied America’s greatest virtues long before his time in the Oval Office.

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How Kellogg & Company Took Over the Gold Coin Industry in 1854

The booming influx of gold that was brought into the economy during the California Gold Rush was unfathomable. In fact, the sheer quantity of gold coming in triggered Congress to authorize a new branch mint in San Francisco during 1852. It would not be until two years later, in 1854, that the San Francisco Mint would open for operation. During this period of time, there was a massive coin shortage occurring on the west coast. As a result, many private assaying offices and mints began sprouting around California.

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The Nike of Samothrace: The Greek Icon that Inspired Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The name “Augustus Saint-Gaudens” looms as large as any in the history of American numismatics. Between the Indian Head Gold Eagle and the Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle, he is remembered for designing two of the most breathtaking and iconic coins in our nation’s history. His innovative vision gave our nation coinage that resembled true pieces of art that all Americans could enjoy. Saint-Gaudens’ vision was largely influenced by the famous works of the ancient Greeks. Particularly, the artist drew inspiration from a famed Greek Statue named the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

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