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2023-03-31 20:50:00

Century-Old Silver Dollars From Legendary Tombstone Hoard Coming To Market From Rare Collectibles TV

Historic Morgan silver dollars from the extraordinary Tombstone Hoard will be made available in April 2023 by Rare Collectibles TV.

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2023-02-10 21:00:00

The Most Valuable Japanese Coin: The Japanese Hishi Oban

In April of 2021, the most expensive Japanese coin sold at auction for nearly 2 million dollars: the Gold Hishi Oban. Coming from 1588, a time when feudal Japan was filled with samurai and ninjas, this unique piece of coinage is about the size of an American dollar bill, but it was struck from gold! But what makes this coin so rare?

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2023-02-06 21:00:00

Founding Father Spotlight: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, born on January 17, 1706, was a prominent founding father of the United States. His passionate dedication to our budding nation and his unending diligence to his work were instrumental in America becoming an independent nation.

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2023-01-09 18:00:00

The Impact of the Assistant Engraver: The Unsung Designs of John Reich 

The rich tradition of Mint artists designing American coinage can be traced back to one assistant engraver who set the standard for displaying the denomination on coinage: John Reich. His design was used on one of the earliest half dollars as well as the first gold coin struck by the US Mint. 

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2023-01-03 21:00:00

The First Silver Dollar of the Americas: Cob Pieces of Eight

In American history, no other coin has reached such an esteemed place in the pantheon of numismatics as the Silver Dollar. But what inspired our Founding Fathers to use this specific denomination and metal?

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2022-12-26 21:00:00

For More Prosperity in the New Year, Hold Onto Your Coins!

The end of one year and the start of the next is a time when people reflect on what they’ve accomplished and what they would like to accomplish next. Many hopes and dreams are tied to this time, as well as good luck charms for prosperity. Around the world, some of these lucky traditions involve coins.

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2022-12-19 18:00:00

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: The History of Santa Claus Bank Notes

You might expect to see Santa Claus on your rooftop on Christmas Eve, but how about seeing him on your money? In America during the 1800s, it wasn’t an unusual sight!

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2022-12-12 18:00:00

Gifts for Jesus: Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold... Coins?

The biblical story of the three wisemen who followed the Star of Bethlehem to find Jesus is one of the most significant tales told time and time again. Gifted to Jesus were three items: myrrh, frankincense, and gold. Given the information we know from this bible verse, we wanted to see what gold coinage was likely gifted to Jesus upon his birth.

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2022-12-05 17:00:00

Ronald Reagan: A Numismatic Icon

In the numismatic community, President Ronald Reagan for his contributions to bringing back gold and silver to American coinage. But this American President accomplished so many achievements, that even one would make a person well-known. From a successful acting career to his political wins, Ronald Reagan lived a great and varied life.

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2022-11-28 18:00:00

From the Mind of Thomas Jefferson: A Gift for America's Early Ally

In the history of the United States, there has been no stronger alliance than that between America and France. This relationship stretches back to the origins of our country during the Revolutionary War, when France’s aid played a crucial role in America gaining independence from the tyrannical rule of Britain.

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2022-11-21 19:00:00

Mayflower's Finest: The Pilgrim Half Dollar

402 years ago, on November 21, 1620, the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts, creating what is now remembered as the Plymouth Colony. These Pilgrims, also known as Puritan Separatists, originally escaped religious persecution under King James I of England in 1609 by moving to the Netherlands. By 1620, however, they aimed their sights away from the European continent and focused on getting across the Atlantic Ocean to America. To celebrate the 300-year anniversary of this historic event, the US Mint struck a commemorative half dollar starting in 1920.

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2022-11-07 19:00:00

Who Are The American Women Honored on Quarters in 2023?

The US Mint has announced the next five women to be honored on the American Women Quarter series in the year 2023. This series has brought to the forefront several American women who have had a massive impact on our culture. In the next year, the reverse of the Washington Quarter will showcase such luminaries as Bessie Coleman, Jovita Idar, Edith Kanaka’ole, Maria Tallchief, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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2022-10-31 20:30:00

The Coin Guys Meet Frankenstein: The Monster Errors of Numismatics

We have all heard the story of Doctor Frankenstein, a scientist whose obsession with creating life leads to the birth of a monster constructed from the remains of deceased humans. Written in 1818, the story of Frankenstein is one that is almost as old as American numismatics itself. And although there has never been a numismatist to bring an inanimate object back to life, there certainly have been a few that have created monstrosities of their own. Here are a small handful of errors coins depicting designs you wouldn’t expect to find together. These are the Frankenstein’s Monsters of numismatics.

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2022-10-24 17:00:00

Numismatic Superstitions: Coins of the Dead

Superstitions have been prevalent in numismatics for thousands of years. The Colonists of early America believed that a Pine Tree shilling could ward off witches, children around the world will affirm that finding a heads-up penny on the sidewalk is an undeniable sign of good luck, and the Greeks placed coins on the eyes of the dead as payment to be taken to the afterlife. That last practice is commonly referred to as Charon’s obol and you may have seen it in a film or read about it in a book, but what did it really mean?

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2022-10-17 17:00:00

Haunting Numismatics: Ghost Coin of the Confederacy

We often hear stories of homes being haunted by past residents, trinkets in curiosity shops holding the souls of their previous owners, and spirits lingering around tombstones where their bodies now lie. Often, these phenomena are condemned to movies and folklore, but very rarely does one of these occurrences take place in the realm of flesh and blood. There is, however, a coin that has haunted numismatics since the onset of the Civil War: the infamous “Ghost Coin” of the Dahlonega Mint in Georgia.

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2022-10-10 17:00:00

From a Speech to a Sculpture: How the Family of Eagles Landed on the American Gold Eagle

The American Gold Eagle is a beloved coin that brought gold back to the American people after an over 50 year hiatus. When Ronald Reagan signed the Gold Bullion Act in 1985, he authorized the creation of this stunning coin from newly mined American gold. The obverse showcases the most beautiful design on American coinage, the Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle. As for the reverse, a design was chosen from Miley Busiek, a self-taught artist who worked hard for her recogniton. But Busiek, now known as Miley Tucker-Frost, did not originally envision her art on an American coin. So how did it end up there?

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2022-10-04 18:00:00

Rick Tomaska on the 1964 Specimen Kennedy Half Dollar

One of the most mysterious coins in US history, is the 1964 Specimen Kennedy.  Much like the famed 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, this coin should not exist and the exact number of examples struck is unknown.  About a dozen examples have been discovered, and it’s estimated no more than 15 were struck.

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2022-10-03 17:00:00

How the Granite Lady Stood Strong When San Francisco Shook

On April 18, 1906, the City of San Francisco was devastated by the greatest natural disaster it had ever seen. At 5:12 AM, before most residents were even awake to see the morning fog roll in from the Bay, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake shook the city for 42 seconds that seemed like eternity. The quake was followed by rampant fires that roared for days on end. When it was all said and done, approximately 25,000 buildings were destroyed.

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2022-09-26 18:00:00

The Tale of Josh Tatum and His 1883 Racketeer Nickel

In numismatics, there are several factors that could draw a collector to a particular coin. Some of the most popular coins in US history are those with an interesting story. The 1883 “Racketeer Nickel” is the prime example of an iconic coin whose popularity stems from its wild origin tale.

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2022-09-19 17:00:00

Early American Gold: The Journey from Coinage Act to Actual Coinage

Before the United States had struck the world-renowned Saint-Gaudens and Liberty Head Gold coinage, America relied on gold coins struck in other countries such as the Spanish eight escudos. The idea of using foreign coinage in our new country did not sit well with our Founding Fathers as they believed that no country can be independent without its own monetary system. As a result, our first President George Washington signed the Coinage Act of 1792.

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2022-09-15 20:00:00

Collector Pays $2+ Million for 62-Pound “Johnny Carson” Gold Bar 

(Los Angeles, California) September 13, 2022 – A collector of California Gold Rush artifacts has paid more than $2 million for a historic 62-pound gold bar recovered from the 1857 sinking of the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America 

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2022-09-12 18:00:00

The 1909-S VDB Cent: A Tale Synonymous with US Coinage

In every field of collecting, there is a titan that reigns supreme as the most iconic figure. In baseball card collecting, no card is more iconic than the T206 Honus Wagner. To stamp collectors, nothing matches the luster of the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta. In numismatics, the supreme figure is the 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent.

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2022-09-06 16:00:00

Christian Gobrecht: The First Prolific US Coin Designer

One of the earliest and most prolific designers in the history of the US Mint is Christian Gobrecht, who served as the third Chief Engraver and was responsible for placing designs on a dozen coins which lasted long beyond his tenure.

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2022-08-29 17:00:00

Eight Essential Error Coin Varieties

Since the dawn of coin collecting, error coins have gained some of the highest praise in the hobby. There are eight different major error varieties you may encounter on your collecting journey. Any of these errors can warrant a handsome premium, so it is incredibly useful to be able to spot one when you see it.

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2022-08-22 17:00:00

Comparing Ancient Coinage to Modern Manufacture: Hammered, Cast, and Punched Coins

Over the past 230 years, the US Mint has vastly improved its methods of producing coins. But even the technology from 1790 was vastly different from the earliest days of coin manufacturing. Early civilizations, like the Ancient Greeks and China during the Qin Dynasty, struck coins using methods that are no longer used today for circulating currency.

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2022-08-15 17:00:00

Ladies of Liberty: Elsie Stevens and the Mercury Dime

The Winged Liberty Head Dime, more commonly known as the Mercury Dime, has many controversies around its design. For one, the obverse is meant to depict Lady Liberty, not the Roman God of Travel Mercury, despite the winged cap they have in common. The second and more mysterious controversy is whether the model for Liberty was the American Venus herself, Audrey Munson, or the wife of a Pulitzer Prize winning poet.

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2022-08-08 17:13:00

The Stories Behind James B. Longacre’s Prolific Works

Few have left an impact on American coinage like that of James Barton Longacre. Best known for serving as the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1844 until his passing in 1869, Longacre also has an impressive resume of incredible coins he gave our country, including the Liberty Head Gold Double Eagle. Longacre practically performed a complete overhaul of US coinage, and here is a chance to learn about the coins he brought to life.

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2022-08-01 15:00:00

The Influence of Jean-Antoine Houdon: The Sculptor of Founding Fathers

When researching American coinage, the name Jean-Antoine Houdon appears several times as inspiration for the designs featured on the Jefferson Nickel, Franklin Half Dollar, and the Washington Quarter. But who was Houdon and why was he so influential among Founding Fathers? 

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2022-07-25 21:03:00

America's First Gold Rush: Putting Southern Gold on the Map

While the term “gold rush” instantly evokes imagery of 49ers panning for gold dust in the sprawling hills of California, there have been a number of lesser-known gold discoveries to occur since America’s founding. From the Georgia Gold Rush of the southern Appalachian Mountains to the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush of Colorado, America’s story is rife with the rich history of gold. Despite each gold rush telling its own unique story, there is only one that can claim the title of the first in American history: the North Carolina Gold Rush of 1799.

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2022-07-18 17:00:00

Significant Pocket Change: Noteworthy Minor Coins

Nowadays, coin collectors get their start with coins like American Silver Eagles, acquired directly from the US Mint in near-perfect grades. The roots of this noble hobby started when we were kids looking through pocket change on an exhilarating treasure hunt where you didn't know what you'd find. These were coins that had been circulated and were harder to find in Mint State condition. To restore that grand tradition, we put together this list of a few of those coins that anyone can collect just by looking through their change!

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2022-07-11 18:00:00

The 1885 Trade Dollar: A Great Numismatic Mystery

Few coins have cemented themselves as true legends in the lore of American numismatics. Coins like the 1907 Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, and 1894-S Barber Dime are ubiquitous, telling intricate tales that we have listened to with stars in our eyes. After all, there are only a handful of each of these coins produced, and the reasons they exist range from inspirational to nefarious. The 1885 Trade Dollar is a coin that should be immortalized just like any of these other legends, yet we don’t often hear its mysterious story.