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Coin Snacks with Jack features new American Silver Eagle artist Emily Damstra

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara welcomed Emily Damstra to speak about her 2021 Type 2 American Silver Eagle design live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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Colorado Gold: The 125th Anniversary of the Denver Mint

This week signifies the 125th anniversary of the famed Denver Mint’s authorization. Prior to the Denver Mint’s opening, the only Mint branch in the Western United States resided in San Francisco, which came as a direct result of the California Gold Rush. As prospectors filled their pockets in the Golden State, they branched out to other states in the southwest in hopes of striking it rich. In 1858, enormous quantities of gold were discovered near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. “Pike’s Peak or Bust!” became the slogan of the droves of miners who flooded the area, as Pike’s Peak was the highest summit of the mountain range.

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8 day ago

The History of Southern U.S. Mints on Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara talked about gold coins from Mints in the Southern United States. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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10 day ago

The Lasting Effects of Executive Order 6102

Eighty-eight years ago, on April 5th, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 into law. While there have been many laws passed that have affected the field of numismatics, Executive Order 6102 is perhaps the most important, as its effects are still felt to this day. 

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15 day ago

Kevin Lipton talks Pattern Coins on Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara discussed pattern coins and early Colonial issues with expert Kevin Lipton live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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17 day ago

Coin Toning: What It Means, and How It Happens

If you spend enough time looking at coins, you may notice that they sometimes begin to exhibit surprising shades of color. They could have become a dark brown as the years passed or acquired a stunning rainbow patina in the time since they were struck. This effect is referred to as toning and is a natural process that occurs when the surface metal of a coin is exposed to certain chemical agents. 

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22 day ago

Militaria Expert Peter Karlan Interviewed on Coin Snacks With Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara had the chance to speak with militaria expert Peter Karlan live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews. 

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24 day ago

Welcome to West Point: Looking Back at the U.S. Mint’s Most Recent Branch

Though the West Point Mint is now the United States’ primary bullion coin manufacturer, this was not always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until decades after West Point opened its doors that it began striking coins.

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29 day ago

Coin Snacks with Jack joined by Andy Broome, Senior Card Grader at CSG

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara interviewed CSG Senior Grading Finalizer Andy Broome live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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1 month ago

Celebrating the Steam Press: The Evolution of Mint Technology

While the production of American coinage today is entirely mechanical, the U.S. Mint once relied solely on manpower to strike early coins. Today, a single modern press at the Philadelphia Mint can strike a staggering 720 coins per minute, but production wasn’t always this fast. Nearly 200 years ago, the United States Mint began a modernization process by implementing the first steam press used to strike an American coin.

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1 month ago

The Honorable Ed Moy featured on Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara spoke with the Honorable Ed Moy, 38th Director of the U.S. Mint (2006-2011), live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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1 month ago

A Look at the Morgan Dollar: 143 Years after its Genesis

Last Thursday, March 11th, marked the 143rd anniversary of the Morgan Dollar’s initial production. As one of the most collected U.S. coin of all time, the Morgan Dollar has long been considered a cornerstone of the American numismatic canon.

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1 month ago

Coin Snacks with Jack welcomes Greg Roberts of A-Mark Precious Metals

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara interviewed CEO of A-Mark Precious Metals Greg Roberts live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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1 month ago

Carson City: The Mint of the Wild West

In 1859, stunning news came out of Virginia City, Nevada: a massive lode of silver ore had been discovered under the eastern slope of Mount Davidson. This new discovery, known as the Comstock Lode, promised incredible fortunes for miners and those involved in the silver industry. One major hurdle with the Comstock Lode, however, was that the nearest mint was located over 200 miles away in San Francisco. That meant in order to strike any of this silver into legal currency, thousands of tons of the precious metal would have to be transported on a perilous journey over the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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2 months ago

David Vagi enlightens Coin Snacks with Jack on Ancient Coins

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara interviewed author of Coinage and History of the Roman Empire and Director of NGC Ancients David Vagi live on YouTube. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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2 months ago

Celebrating Hermon MacNeil, Designer of the Standing Liberty Quarter

This past weekend, we celebrated the 155th anniversary of legendary American sculptor, Hermon A. MacNeil’s birth. Without MacNeil’s contributions to numismatics, our country would have never been graced with one of the most celebrated quarter designs of all time: The Standing Liberty Quarter. Like many coin designers of the American Coin Renaissance period, MacNeil had nothing to do with numismatics until he was contracted by the United States Mint.

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2 months ago

Lyndall Bass interviewed on Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamaraspoke with designer of the Lincoln Cent Shield Reverse Lyndall Bass for a live interview. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics or informative interviews.  

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2 months ago

The Lasting Impact of the Coinage Act of 1857

164 years ago, on February 21, the United States Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1857, bringing an end to the circulation of foreign currencies in America. Prior to the passage of this act, foreign coins had been accepted as legal tender in the U.S. since the country’s inception. Among the most popular foreign currencies to circulate in the United States were Spanish milled dollars.

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2 months ago

Coin Snacks with Jack talks with Dwight Manley about the SS Central America

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara was joined by facilitator of the SS Central America treasure Dwight Manely for a live interview. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics or informative interviews.  

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2 months ago

The New 2021 Washington Quarter: The First President Returns

With the end of the America the Beautiful Coin Program coming in 2021, the design of the quarter has been a topic of debate for the past year. As indicated by Public Law 110-465, also known as the America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, the new quarter design will depict “an image of General Washington crossing the Delaware River prior to the Battle of Trenton.” For fans of the State Quarter program, this scene may be familiar, as it was exhibited on the 1999 New Jersey State Quarter. The new design, however, had very specific recommendations from the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in order to ensure that it would be unique. 

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Miles Standish, VP of NGC, joins Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with Jack, Rare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara was joined by author and Vice President of NGC Miles Standish for a live interview. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics or informative interviews. 

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Will some American Eagle silver coins have low mintages in 2021? - Coin World

From Coin World:

"Unless the U.S. Mint lifts production restrictions at the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints for the 2021 American Eagle silver bullion coins bearing current obverse and reverse designs, the scheduled output of 495,000 Philadelphia Mint strikes will be the lowest mintage for the series."

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From Wheat to Monument: Anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial Reverse

On December 21st, 1958, President Eisenhower’s secretary James Hagerty announced to the nation that the Lincoln Cent would be receiving a new reverse design. This design change came as a complete surprise to the numismatic community, as no word of the new design had leaked from the U.S. Mint or the Eisenhower administration. The timing, however, could not have been better, since 1959 would mark the 150th year since Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 50th year since the release of the Lincoln Cent series.

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NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg joins Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s episode of Coin Snacks with JackRare Collectibles TV host and coin buyer Jack McNamara was joined by NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg for a live interview. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics or informative interviews.  

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How Commemorative Coins Returned to the Mint in 1982

While most Americans know the U.S. Mint for the circulating coinage that occupies their wallets, another important function of the Mint is striking commemorative coins. While technically legal tender, commemorative coins are produced primarily to celebrate individuals, events, places, and institutions important to the United States. In addition to their celebratory nature, commemorative coins also help raise money to support historical preservation efforts. Since the modern commemorative coin program began in 1982, over $500 million dollars have been raised to help build museums, maintain national monuments, and support various programs. 

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3 months ago

John Mercanti joins Coin Snacks with Jack!

In this week’s Coin Snacks with Jacknumismatist Jack McNamara was joined by 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti for a live interview. Each new episode of Coin Snacks with Jack will go live on YouTube every Wednesday at 3PM EST/Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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3 months ago

Eureka! James Marshall Struck Gold!

California has long been known as The Golden State, a nickname attributed to James W. Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848.

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3 months ago

Looking Forward to 2021 Numismatics on Coin Snacks with Jack

In this week’s Coin Snacks with Jack, Jack looked back at 2020 and into the future of numismatics in 2021. Each new episode will go live on YouTube on Wednesdays at 3PM EST/ Noon PST and feature special topics and informative interviews.  

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3 months ago

Happy 75th Birthday to The Roosevelt Dime

While the dime may be the smallest circulating coin in the United States, its significance certainly looms large. Designed to honor the late American President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Roosevelt Dime was first struck in Philadelphia on January 19, 1946 

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