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Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Questions Answered by Expert Troy Thoreson

SubjectDate Asked
2000 S quarter3/18/2015
  Q: Yes... I got this 2000 S quarter back with my change. I thought AWESOME... A silver quarter ((but ...
  A: Great job on the question and pictures. Yes, this quarter was once part of a proof set. And it ...
old half dollars2/8/2015
  Q: Value of 1964 silver Kennedy NOT Packaged but kept in soft case for 20 years also 1949 Franklin ...
  A: We see these types of coins many times in a month. Today, we are buying for $6 each and selling for ...
gold pattern7/16/2014
  Q: just want any information, for authenticating, this piece
  A: I am not aware of a pattern for this year and Mint Mark. I believe this is a modern reproduction. ...
Eisenhower Dollar 1776-19766/23/2014
  Q: I am trying to get some information on an Eisenhower Bicentennial Dollar that I bought out of my ...
  A: Nothing wrong with wishful thinking. The Eisenhower Dollar was made at San Fran - "S" Mint - ...
50 cent silver halfs11/18/2013
  Q: about the silver half dollars. They are 1 1964, 1 1965, 4 1967,no mint marks. 4 1968 small D. ...
  A: Kennedy Half Dollars are split into three groups with different silver compositions, 90% Silver, 40% ...
1967 nickel the value11/6/2013
  Q: Would like to know the current value of a 1967 nickel
  A: We sell the 1967 BU singles for 50 Cents. When we have rolls in stock they can sell for $10 to $12 ...
odd proof set10/21/2013
  Q: I just bought some proof sets from eBay. One is a 1975 set, but it has the 1976 bicentennial quarter ...
  A: Your set is normal for the year. The U.S. Mint did not produce any 1975 25C, 50C, or $1 coins. ...
77 & 88 steel penny's10/18/2013
  Q: when i was about 18,19 years old i cleaned a major department store sweeping floors and found change ...
  A: Get a digital scale that weighs in grams. You can try your local jewelry store and see if they are ...
silver coin10/11/2013
  Q: hi i have this 1961 perfect condition nickle i was just wondering if it holds any value? or is it ...
  A: There are no officially recognized certified perfect 1961 nickel in existence. A typical ...
2012 Silver Proof Set7/18/2013
  Q: Why is the 2012 "regular edition" silver proof set trading at $150-$200 when the price of silver has ...
  A: The Mintage of past year sets has been has high as 1 million+. Fewer than 400,000 2012 sets were ...
2006-P Nevada MS Specimen7/17/2013
  Q: I have a 2006-P Nevada State Quarter Mint State Specimen Strike Coin. I can't find anything about ...
  A: Basically, SP is a fancy way of describing a satin strike coin which was available in the 2006 U.S. ...
Die doubling question7/17/2013
  Q: I was wonder is what I photographed an example of die doubling?
  A: In my opinion, this is machine doubling. This occurs when a normal die strikes a coin and shakes ...
Variety of money's worth6/3/2013
  Q: I have (1) $2 bill from 1963 with a red ink stamp and a small D in the right corner. I also have (2) ...
  A: Going on the average conditions of these items that walk in our shop, your items are worth the ...
Need information on the monetary value of this coin..3/27/2012
  Q: my mom was interested in finding out the monetary value (if there is any) of this Franklin Pierce ...
  A: Your coin is a normal U.S. Dollar coin. It is part of the Presidential series. It is mostly made of ...
half dollars3/16/2012
  Q: Troy, I erroneously requested how to or where to find value information about eagle & liberty ...
  A: com for a retail guide of high grade certified coins. You may also want to visit your local book ...
1864 coin3/5/2012
  Q: We found an 1864 penny sized coin. One side has a woman's bust with long hair surrounded by ...
  A: You have a civil war token. A common variety is the Union type. During the war there was a ...
reply - JSO2/23/2012
  Q: I don't think the photo's went so I am trying again, "Including orginal question and adding the ...
  A: This is easy. There is plenty written about the brothers and there travels west. An authentic J. ...
Old nickel found2/8/2012
  Q: Found an old nickel, US, date 1899, lady head on front and V with wreath around it on back. Is this ...
  A: Most of the V-Nickels I see have a full rim on the front (notice the circle framing towards its edge ...
what coin is worth2/6/2012
  Q:
  A: No misprint, only a Latin letter used in trust as part of the design. The coin is very common. To ...
1881 silver dollar2/1/2012
  Q: Sir, I have a belt buckle with a silver 5 Peso Hidalgo and a 1881 (no mint mark) silver dollar. I ...
  A: Sounds like you have confirmed your coins are common and have already been damaged by the fact they ...
1916-D Mercury Dime10/10/2011
  Q: I found a 1916-D Mercury dime amongst my change. I attempted to research it and decided it was ...
  A: You'll need to provide a much better scan of the front and back for me to really check the coin out. ...
1951 cinco pesos coin10/2/2011
  Q: just wondered if you could give me a rough idea of what a 1951 Hidalgo silver cinco pesos coin might ...
  A: Mexico: The Silver content on 5 Peso silver coins made from 1951 to 1954 is .64 of an oz. Your coin ...
1911d 2.5 dollar3/22/2011
  Q: I have 2 1911d 2.5 indian head gold pieces. I was offered $9,000 for the pair but I believe that ...
  A: I advise getting the coins certified by PCGS or NGC. Once certified it will be much easier to ...
Zinc penny No copper3/21/2011
  Q: Ahoy, I have been collecting U.S. cents since I was a kid. In 1982, I went to the bank and got a ...
  A: I am only responding because you did find the coin in an original roll back in 1982. You are ...
coins3/14/2011
  Q: is the marshall islands 5.00 1969-1989 first man on the moon coins silver?
  A: The $5.00 Marshall Island coins of 1989 are made of Copper and Nickel. No Silver. Yes, the ...
value of coin2/25/2011
  Q: I have a coin in pretty good condition that is a 1922 Peace Dollar--all silver. Can you give me an ...
  A: We are selling 1922 circulated Peace Dollars in shop for $28.50 today. The actual Silver value is ...
1909 S - VDB2/23/2011
  Q: I recently purchased the 1909 S VDB from a local shop owner. The coin had been graded years back by ...
  A: No one has a crystal ball on the future. I hesitate giving you a bench mark figure. And there is ...
What is this Penny2/22/2011
  Q: I have a 1991 penny that has copy minted on it. Is this a real penny and if so what is its worth? ...
  A: Are you referring to a British "Penny" or U.S. Cent? Ether way it is possible someone stamped ...
u.s. quarters2/22/2011
  Q: I have a 1958 and a 1935 U.S. quarters they are both in good condition and i was wondering value and ...
  A: The coins are not rare in good condition. "Good condition" meaning a coin that is well worn. The ...
What determines the price of minted gold coins?10/21/2010
  Q: What are the factors that determine the price of a minted gold coin? If I wait until gold price ...
  A: The number one factor, of course, is the market price of gold. Then comes the premium for any one ...
Two headed quarter10/18/2010
  Q: I recently found a two headed quarter in my change. Is it worth anything I am suspicious becouse the ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
2001 New York Silver State Quarter10/12/2010
  Q: I received this a few days after I started my job as a convenience store clerk, I know that it is ...
  A: The U.S. Mint did make Silver and Nickel/Copper "S" Mint quarters in 2001. The Silver Quarter will ...
2007 Washington State Quarter10/5/2010
  Q: I found a 2007 Washington State Quarter that the "I" in "IN" did not show up. Is this of any value?
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease on the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
1889 silver dollar10/3/2010
  Q: was wondering how much a 1889 silver dollar was worth
  A: I need to know the Mint Mark before giving you a partial answer. Look on the reverse of the coin ...
fine silver troy ounce10/2/2010
  Q: I have a one troy ounce fine silver bar, liberty on the front and MTB logo all over the back, a ...
  A: Sounds like you have a one ounce bar of Silver worth about $22.00 at the current market price which ...
Silver Dollar10/2/2010
  Q: I have a 1901 silver dollar is it worth anything
  A: We need to know if the coin has a Mint Mark. Please turn it over and look just above the DO in ...
1944 Rusted Penny9/25/2010
  Q: I have a 1944 penny. It WILL stick to a magnet. It is difficult to discern the penny's markings ...
  A: If your 1944 Cent sticks to a magnet then you may have something. Please double check that year ...
mint mark9/20/2010
  Q: it is just all solid raised metal. Is that a known defect or does that happen as a wear mark of ...
  A: Sounds like a die break or cud. It is an interesting error that occurs when a coin die cracks or ...
Buying Gold Bullion for retail sale9/16/2010
  Q: I'm just getting into the business of buying gold bars and coins for my retail store (I have my ...
  A: Wholesale lots are sold at contract levels - 100 oz Gold lots and 5000 oz Silver lots. So unless ...
Danbury Mint Silver 500 Grain Proof Ingot9/11/2010
  Q: I have the "50 States" collection of 5000 grain proof ingots from the Danbury Mint. It is the ...
  A: In this economy your ingots are only worth silver and have no collector value. You can approx 85% ...
1984 D steel penny?7/22/2010
  Q: I work at a convenience store in Texas, so as you could imagine, i run across many different coins. ...
  A: Your 1984 Cent is made of zinc and should have had copper coat. Many times the copper coating is ...
golden coin7/20/2010
  Q: First sorry for my bad English. I`m living in the Netherlands. I have a question, i have 5 gold 2.5 ...
  A: You will find that 95% of the time you will get realistic offers in the $300 ($5 dollar) and $150 (2 ...
presidential five dollar coin series7/15/2010
  Q: What is the Presidential five dollar coin's made of? I started buying them in 2004 from the Tristar ...
  A: The coin is to new for me to have catalog information on and therefore I cannot give you the exact ...
1986-D Lincoln Cent7/4/2010
  Q: I have been collecting for over 37 years and came across a 1986-D Lincoln Cent that appears to be a ...
  A: Your 1986-D Cent is made of Zinc and should have been copper coated. All U.S. cents made from 1983 ...
"1918 Centennial Of The State Of Illinois Lincoln Half Dollar""6/21/2010
  Q: "What Precious Metals were used in forming this coin?Is it unusual to find one with few ware and ...
  A: Your 1918 Illinois Centennial coin is made of 90% silver and 10% copper. It appears to have been ...
coin collecting6/16/2010
  Q: I am fairly new to this and have mostly late 19th century and 20th century us coins. I'm learning a ...
  A: First off make sure you have a Red Book, A Guide Book of United States Coins - I recommend any of ...
$20 'In Gold Coin'6/12/2010
  Q: Please let me know. Thanks Rob
  A: Mail to the following address (insured) and we will send you funds for the note: Thoreson ...
Eagle gold coins6/9/2010
  Q: A long time ago, I inherited seven gold coins - including an 1863 $20 Double Eagle and an 1899 $10 ...
  A: We are authorized PCGS and NGC dealers. I'd advise getting the seven gold coins certified by PCGS ...
1922 Silver Dollar6/5/2010
  Q: I have a 1922 silver peace dollar that was made into a pendant. Lady Liberty and the eagle appear ...
  A: Your Silver Dollar has been gold plated after it left the mint. The coin was plated to make the ...
pre-1982 zinc pennies?5/24/2010
  Q: In reference to a prior question, http://en.allexperts.com/q/Coin-Collecting-2297/penny-7.htm I ...
  A: No cutting required. First off - forget about the color. At first all you need is a pocket digital ...
1989 quarters missing the last 95/20/2010
  Q: I remember back around 1990 my grandfather was telling me about some 1989 quarters produced that ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
size3/22/2010
  Q: troy, I am in argentina so by email is it the eagle weight is 1.10 oz to allow for the copper added ...
  A: If you weigh and assay each of the coins you will find they are all within the gold content specs ...
1943 steel penny3/22/2010
  Q: I do have a 1943 wheat still penny and it does stick to the magnet is it worth any thing??
  A: Your coin is worth at least 5 cents or more depending on condition. Basically, it is a novelty ...
clad proof3/18/2010
  Q: Can you have a state quarter clad proof that is .999 fine silver
  A: The short answer is no. Clad implies a copper/nickel mix. You can however have a proof Silver .900 ...
3-pc coin set3/18/2010
  Q: I have a 3-piece coin set 1776-1976 en-cased in clear plastic about 1" thick in the shape of the ...
  A: It reads like you have a 3pc Proof 40% Silver Set. Each coin should have a mirror finish. The ...
ngc certified morgan dollar - genuine?3/17/2010
  Q: please help me know whether this is a legit ngc certified morgan dollar. i've attached the picture ...
  A: The coins in the images appear to be legit. I've had these types of dollars/ngc holders before. If ...
Proof set v.s. Mint Set3/10/2010
  Q: My dad passed away and left set of 1964 U.S. Proof Coins from the Philadelphia mint. Today I went ...
  A: It is important to remember that we have busy lives and I do not live to answer questions for free. ...
coins3/9/2010
  Q: I have some coins i aquired that my mom collected and i would like to find the value. I have the ...
  A: It is difficult to tell you if the deal is fair without seeing the coins in person. It is in the ...
one troy ounce silver3/7/2010
  Q: I have a coin in a plastic case that the coin just fits in. on the coin it says the First Noel and ...
  A: The short answer is approx $17.00. This all depends on if your unit is 1oz or not. Yes, the ...
us silver dollar2/14/2010
  Q: There is no date and says on the back .999 troy oz and is a liberty coin
  A: Reads like you have a 1oz Silver coin - these are made by various private mints across the country. ...
morgan dollar2/12/2010
  Q: Troy, I have an 1880 and 1887 Morgan silver dollar. On the eagle side, above and between the D and ...
  A: Coins in the 1880's were minted at various mints (off and on) across America. No mint = ...
unstruck quarter2/11/2010
  Q: a while back i got a roll of un-circulated quarters from the bank, in the roll was a blank un-struck ...
  A: The retail value is $6.00 on a modern quarter blank. The blank is not rare, but still is a neat ...
1909D Indian Head $5 Gold coin2/10/2010
  Q: I recently purchased a 1909D Indian Head $5 Gold coin. After examining it I did not find the D mint ...
  A: Check the reverse of the coin around 8 o'clock. The Mint mark is sometimes hard to find and can be ...
old currency2/10/2010
  Q: what is the value of a 5$ bill (The Confederate States America dated Febuary 17th 1864) numbered ...
  A: We have a few similar type examples in the shop in the $25 to $35 range. Five, Ten, and Twenty ...
2 1/2 Dollar Gold Coin1/24/2010
  Q: I have a gold coin that my father said was given to him when he was a child. He was born in 1918. ...
  A: You'll need to get the coin certified. You have a rare coin. Once certified you can get a good ...
2000 state quarters silver proof set1/9/2010
  Q: My wife was going through her father's coin sets and the silver set mentioned above has, inside the ...
  A: I'm sorry to say it is only a novelty item and not worth any more than a normal Silver Proof set ...
1885 "black'' dollar coin1/9/2010
  Q: i have an 1885 coin dollar it looks like it is black it has a lady on it with liberty in her ...
  A: The note from Brasil has no value. The Silver coin appears to be a 1885 Morgan Silver Dollar. ...
1978 Lincoln Memorial Penny1/8/2010
  Q: Is there any significance to the letters ND with a rectangular border set above the 1978 date of a ...
  A: Your cent is part of a larger novelty set of state cents put together by a private company many ...
"plate" coins1/7/2010
  Q: When looking through coin auctions I always come across coins listed as "plate". They always look ...
  A: Basically, plate is going to mean a copy or fake of an original coins. They use the term plate to ...
Silver Bullion Coin whats it worth1/7/2010
  Q: My name is Kirby Gregory and I have been collecting silver bullion rounds for a little over three ...
  A: Some collect silver rounds for fun and I'm sure there are people that have paid a premium to own ...
silver bar1/7/2010
  Q: I recently received a 10-troy-oz. bar of .999 silver from my late father, one of 5 such bars he ...
  A: There are many private makers of bars. They are not generally collected. If the surface of the bar ...
How do I grade Eisenhower Dollars?1/5/2010
  Q: I have more than 25 Eisenhower Dollar coins, but have no way to grade them. I have the 2010 Red ...
  A: In general, these coins are only collected in BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) or better condition. So, ...
1921 S mint E Pluribus Unum Silver Dollar1/4/2010
  Q: Troy, I have a very good 1921 E Pluribus Unum Silver Dollar. Has the s centered over the D O in ...
  A: You have a Morgan Silver Dollar made in San Francisco. Average coins for this year and mint mark ...
Gold $10 coins1/4/2010
  Q: Have acquired a 1899 liberty head ( $10.00) and a 1926 indian Head ($10.00) gold coins.Although they ...
  A: Each coin (if authentic) will have approx 96% of 1/2oz gold. If you check locally I am sure you can ...
Error on Wheat penny's1/3/2010
  Q: Have an error I cant seem to locate in the books and was wondering if you have come across one ...
  A: Hi John, Die breaks happen. They are not normally listed in error books. It is most likely a ...
small gold coin1/3/2010
  Q: Mr. Thoreson, I have a small octagonal gold coin that was given to me several years ago. I have been ...
  A: I am 99% sure you have a counterfeit California Fractional Gold Piece that was made for novelty. ...
kennedy half dollar12/30/2009
  Q: Troy--I was looking at some Kennedy half dollars and I noticed something like a halo around ...
  A: In general, halo toning is a good thing. The coin is toning which some people like. It is difficult ...
2009 lincoln penny satin-finish12/30/2009
  Q: From what I read the 2009 lincoln penny in satin finish is only available from the 2009 Mint set. ...
  A: Business strike coins in satin are only available in the 2009 Mint set. Another interesting fact is ...
coins/currency12/29/2009
  Q: i have a roll of 2007 george washington presidential coins. they are unopened. i am curious if they ...
  A: It is estimated that their are just over 100,000 examples of the no edge error coin. Overall the ...
2009 lincoln cent satin finish?12/26/2009
  Q: My question is how can you tell if a 2009 Lincoln cent is satin finish? I know they come out of the ...
  A: All 2009 P&D Satin Cents this year are made of 95% Copper and will have a weight of 3.11 grams. All ...
Last Forever12/24/2009
  Q: How do I keep somethings to last forever? Is there something that apply to all?
  A: Never clean coins, this can damage and lessen their value. Also, soft plastics can contain harmful ...
1957 proof penny12/23/2009
  Q: i have this 1957 proof penny.it looks like it is 2 coins thick.do you know anything about this thick ...
  A: Sometimes proof coins (especially 1950's cents) have a really thick rim, but the coin should have a ...
2006 Eagles12/20/2009
  Q: Ive been collecting American Eagles (20th anniversery) since 2006 and my facination with them has ...
  A: To be clear you are referring to the 3 coin set (2006 Silver Proof Eagle, 2006-W Unc Silver Eagle, ...
Blue Book Value for 1900 PCGS MS 64 Double Eagle?.12/16/2009
  Q: Could you please give me a current Blue Book value for my 1900-P MS-64 PCGS Double Eagle?. I have ...
  A: Copper and black spots are a big deal on twenties. If your coin has any distractions or spots the ...
silver american eagles12/16/2009
  Q: I started giving smerican eagle silver dollars to my 3 young grandchildren yearly in 2006. My ...
  A: American Silver Eagle Dollar coins are highly recommended. They are pure silver and silver has ...
2009 Four Lincoln cents12/14/2009
  Q: At the San Francisco mint, did they make the four 2009 Lincoln cents in rolls like the P&D mints ...
  A: Good question - it is confusing. The SF Mint did not make rolls, but they did produce proof sets ...
Mis-struck state quarter12/12/2009
  Q: Sir - Until recently, my wife worked in a local bank and began collecting uncirculated sleeves of ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
quarter blank12/12/2009
  Q: about five years ago I found a unmintted quarter in a mint role. It has a sandwich layer like the ...
  A: Your blank type 2 (I suspect the rim on the blank is edged up) is worth about one to three dollars. ...
1942 S Nickel12/12/2009
  Q: I have a 1942 S nickel with the mint marked above the dome It was my understanding that there was ...
  A: War nickels, which are 35% Silver, were produced from 1942 to 1945. 1942 was a transition year for ...
Value of $500. bills?12/11/2009
  Q: I have some $500. dollar bills...not uncirculated or anything ....just wondering what kind of market ...
  A: It really depends on condition. I just sold a fairly nice note in the shop for $750.00. Take a ...
troy ounce silver12/10/2009
  Q: I can't seem to find any info on the coin I have...similar ones are just that..not exactly the same. ...
  A: Private companies have been making "troy ounce silver" for years. Your coins is considered a Silver ...
rare american coins12/9/2009
  Q: what is the value of a morgan 1881-s dollar (coin)
  A: We sell 1881-S Morgan Dollars in the store for $16.00. I hope this helps. Yes, the following is ...
1853 seated liberty- blank back side12/6/2009
  Q: I have a 1853 seated liberty coin with a blank back. The back has decorative outer ring ...
  A: It is called a Love Token, but it sounds like it was not finished. The coin is a novelty item and ...
2000 Roosevelt dime error12/5/2009
  Q: and the word GOD is slightly rotated to the 1 o'clock position but it is the only word affected, In ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
proof sets12/3/2009
  Q: Is there any silver in sets after 1963 or are they all clad? Thanks Doug
  A: Yes, the 1964 set contains 90% silver Half, Quarter, and Dime. Sets from 1965 to 1970 have 40% ...
1855 $20 blake & Co gold coin11/30/2009
  Q: I have found a $20 blake & Co gold coin from my grandads house. I've looked on here about them and ...
  A: Feel free to send me a scan or digital photo. My email is troy@aucpro.com. If you can reply with a ...
1945 wheat penny11/30/2009
  Q: i have a 1945 penny with a d mint mark how much is it worth??
  A: For average examples and depending on the dealer your cent is worth 2 to 3 cents. Currently, in ...
Washington Quarter, 1982D No Reeding11/26/2009
  Q: I have a 1982D Washington quarter with no ridges or reeds. Absolutely smooth. Weighs 5.5g. On ...
  A: Your coin is light in weight. Sounds like the coin was messed with after leaving the U.S. Mint. ...
Presidential Individual proof coins11/25/2009
  Q: Sorry for the bother but I discovered your site by way of Google. I am not a coin collector but like ...
  A: The Mint did offer individual packages. The sales didn't work out so they discontinued the ...
1 Cent coin11/24/2009
  Q: Found a coin dont know if it is real or not. In the catalog it looks like a 1783 1 cent George ...
  A: Next step is to get the diameter measurement in millimeters (mm) and weight in grams. Reply when ...
Coin Value11/24/2009
  Q: I have a Mexican coin, a 1979 Mexico Silver Onza Casa de Moneda. What is it worth? John Gross
  A: I just sold a couple of these units yesterday at around $20.00 each. The value of this item is its ...
liberty half dollar 193611/23/2009
  Q: it has been well traveled i have not attempted to clean it as i was told they are worth more.? cant ...
  A: Your Half is worth Silver. The Silver value is around $6.00 at current prices. The coin is not ...
$2 bills11/21/2009
  Q: I have three $2 bills in numerical serial number order, first day issue, with postage ...
  A: I am guessing your bills are the series of 1976. If so they have a liquid value of $3.25 each. ...
Mercury Dimes11/19/2009
  Q: I have 3 Mercury dimes dated, 1944S, 1939, 1941. Can you please tell me the value of these coins? ...
  A: Without seeing your coins I will gauge my answer on average examples. Average condition common ...
Buffalo Nickels11/19/2009
  Q: I have 2 buffalo Nickels. One is dated 1927 and the other is 1926. Can you please tell me the value ...
  A: I need to know what mint your coins were produced at. Take a look at the reverse of your coins at ...
Two Cent Coin11/18/2009
  Q: What would an 1868 two cent piece be worth in reasonably good condition? I apologize if you receive ...
  A: We sell average 1868 example in our shop for around $20. You can expect offers of $5 to $10 at ...
1901 Morgan Dollar11/16/2009
  Q: I have recently inherited a small coin collection. This collection includes 2 uncirculated 1901 ...
  A: The term "uncirculated" is a term used to gauge the preservation of a coin. The preservation of a ...
Bicentennial circulated coins11/15/2009
  Q: I have used bicentennial Eisenhower dollars; Kennedy half dollars; and quarters. Are any of these ...
  A: There is no real market for used Eisenhower (or Bicentennial issues), Kennedy Half Dollars and or ...
A variety of coins11/15/2009
  Q: I have several coins that I was not able to get a value on through a website for those coins, and ...
  A: Average Philippine notes are only novelty items. We sell similar notes for 3 for $1 in the store. ...
2000 P quarter with no copper on the edge11/14/2009
  Q: I got a weight of 5.82 grams. I was just wondering if it is a error or even worth holding on to. ...
  A: A silver version for this year has a weight of over 6 grams. I think it is safe to say this is not ...
Rare coins11/14/2009
  Q: Where & how does one sell rare coins.I will pay 10% of sale of my rare coin to person arrainging ...
  A: After expenses we can to take a 10% commission on consignment coins. Expenses can include such ...
collectable book of dimes11/13/2009
  Q: I was just a a local yard sale. The lady had 3 books of coins her late husband had collected. One ...
  A: My guess is these are in blue Whitman albums and are not worth the money. I cannot confirm this ...
$20 Gold Coin11/13/2009
  Q: My friend has a 1892 $20 Gold Coin. We are wanting to know what it is worth and how much gold is ...
  A: If authentic your gold coin will have just a touch over 96% of one ounce of gold. The coin is 90% ...
1909 VDB Proff11/11/2009
  Q: How can I tell if my unc 1909 VDB is a proff or not?
  A: Matte Proof Cents are fully struck and show all detail. Your coin is a business strike and is ...
Year 2000 Giant Quarter-Pound Golden Proof11/11/2009
  Q: The certificate issued with this item states it is a proof struck by the Washington Mint. The ...
  A: Your metal is worth 4oz of Silver unless you can find someone willing to buy it as a novelty. It ...
cc11/10/2009
  Q: what does cc mean
  A: "CC" refers to a coin minted at the Carson City Mint in Nevada. The Mint minted coins between 1870 ...
gold coin11/10/2009
  Q: I have a $50 gold coin...double eagle, MCMLXXXVII...would you know the value if I sold it to a ...
  A: The pricing for this coin changes every day. So, it is impossible to give a good quote, because a ...
Lincoln 197711/8/2009
  Q: I came across a 1977 Penny with a tiny picture of JFK imprinted beside Lincolns profile. Is this a ...
  A: Someone punched the coin with the image of JFK. I've seen different states designs and other ...
Blast White 1885 CC GSA Dollar- NGC MS6411/5/2009
  Q: hi would you be so kind on telling me the current value of the coin and if its authentic by the ...
  A: Wholesale activity on this coin is at or around $550 USD with a minus in interest. That is for an ...
Bicentennial Quarter11/5/2009
  Q: I HAVE A 1776-1976 BICENTENNIAL QUARTER WITH NO MINT MARK. IS IT OF ANY VALUE? COULD IT BE A FAKE? ...
  A: The U.S. Mint minted over 800 million 1976 Quarters without an Mint mark. Those coins were produced ...
washington gold dollars11/1/2009
  Q: I have two rolls of Washington dollars that I bought on the first day of issue from two different ...
  A: A large number of the error Washington coins came from Florida banks. My best guess is that your ...
1977 US Dime Damage10/30/2009
  Q: Here is the original post along with the links to the pics I took ""Hello! The expert can't answer ...
  A: I have checked out your pictures. No doubt the problems with your dime are man made after it left ...
Morgan Dollars10/27/2009
  Q: Although the 1889-CC had more Morgans minted than the 1885-CC Morgans, the prices are considerably ...
  A: You have tapped into a deep question. There is no doubt that when a bag of rare Uncirculated ...
how much it worth10/26/2009
  Q: I have a 1880 U.S. Morgan silver coin.. would you tell me which is the worth of this coin please
  A: Average examples are worth $17 to $22 depending on condition. If the coin has never been used or it ...
1848 Liberty Coin10/26/2009
  Q: I read your comment about the 1848 Liberty Head Penny. I have one that seems tio be in good ...
  A: Your Large Cent is toast. Still, it is over 160 year old. Your official grade is AG3 (3 points out ...
1972 penny10/26/2009
  Q: I've come across a 1972 penny that looks a bit different, the circle edge on the face side is not ...
  A: Many early cents show anomalies like yours. It is nothing special unless you can see clear doubling ...
1798 Coin10/25/2009
  Q: I have a 1798 coin that appears to be substantially copper. It is 1 1/8" diameter and thinner than ...
  A: Reads like a Bust Type Large Cent - U.S. Without much detail your coin is in Fair condition. The ...
i have a question about a couple of dimes10/24/2009
  Q: i have two liberty head dimes both with the head facing left. there at my house right now so i don't ...
  A: It is impossible to give you perfect pricing because I cannot see the coins. My guess is your dime ...
1995 silver penny10/22/2009
  Q: I found this penny, it is dated 1995 with no P or D or anything and is silver ( I know not real ...
  A: The 1995 Cent is made of zinc and copper coated. Because of some wear the copper coating is coming ...
quarters10/21/2009
  Q: i have a 1967 and 1968 quarter just wondering if there worth any thing
  A: At this time you coins have no value over face. They are worth 25 cents each. Thanks for the ...
1848 US Large cent10/20/2009
  Q: I have acquired an 1848 large cent, excellent condition. It has a females head on the front, looks ...
  A: Braided Hair type Large Cents are prices at around $8.00 on the low end an up. Typical examples can ...
Presidential coins10/17/2009
  Q: I am trying to put together a full set of these coins. First I need business strikes P&D, position ...
  A: RE: Presidential Dollar Coins You are 100% correct. What a nightmare. Worse yet these coins are ...
What is this?10/16/2009
  Q: My brothers and I were left some silver coins. One in particular is puzzling us. It has six sides, ...
  A: This is a basic Silver 1oz coin. It is only worth the price of Silver on any given day - which is ...
Franklin Mint10/16/2009
  Q: I have a gold coin in case which says 24 Karat Gold Proof, limited edition struck by the Franklin ...
  A: I have never seen a Franklin Mint item marked incorrectly. They did make issues that are silver and ...
just wanted to know10/15/2009
  Q: how much is a 1887 morgan silver dollar worth
  A: For average examples we pay $16 in the shop and sell for $18. Thanks! Troy Yes, the following is ...
Proof & Mint sets10/14/2009
  Q: Greetings Troy and thank you from a fellow 'expert'(tig welding). I have an old coin collection I ...
  A: It can be confusing especially when it comes to modern coins. Proof sets from the mid 60's to late ...
california gold coin10/13/2009
  Q: With some of my mother things there is a small octagon shaped gold colored coin in a holder. It has ...
  A: California fractional gold coins are difficult to find, but fakes are not. The general rule is that ...
How to value on a gold coin offering?10/13/2009
  Q: First of all- thks much in advance for your time and expertise. I am new to coin collecting and ...
  A: I think you have been watching to many late night coin shows. Please stick with American Gold ...
longines medals10/12/2009
  Q: i have over 200 longine medals some pure silver and some .925 sterling. where can i get info on ...
  A: Your best bet is the Internet. Search eBay.com and Google to get best results over time. I do not ...
Peace Dollar Junk Silver, How can I spot fakes?10/11/2009
  Q: this may be a simple question for your expertise but of the listed experts seems like you are most ...
  A: Focus on the diameter and weight. If you have a gram weight of 26.7 grams and a diameter of 38.1mm ...
morgan silver dollar10/10/2009
  Q: i have a Morgan silver dollar but i does not have a date is it a error or just a replica?If it is a ...
  A: The coin is a replica. Go to eBay.com and type in Morgan Dollar to see plenty of examples of the ...
1966 penny10/9/2009
  Q: I found a Lincoln penny, 1966, with no mint mark. The coin has a number four "4" stamped into into ...
  A: The "4" was stamped by a prankster. U.S. Cents made in 1965, 1966, and 1967 did not have a mint ...
US Quarter10/7/2009
  Q: I have a US Maryland State Quarter stamped in Denver. The quarter is in excellent shape. The problem ...
  A: Try getting a weight on the coin. The weight should be 5.67 grams. Many times the copper is ...
Collection list10/6/2009
  Q: I'm looking for a listing or breakdown of all pennies. Well mostly just after 2000. I dont know ...
  A: It appears that PCGS has the complete list. I just checked it. They break down the coins into ...
1965 ElizabethCoin Value10/5/2009
  Q: IS IT PLEASE POSSIBLE YOU CAN GIVE ME THE VALUE OF MY COIN. 1965 ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA ...
  A: Over the years I've handled a few hundred of these coins. When we have them I place them in our 3 ...
how much are my coins worth10/3/2009
  Q: i have a 1906 silver nickel an a 1912 silver dime are they worth anything
  A: The U.S. did not make Silver Nickels in 1906. If the coin has a "V" on the back, it is a Nickel - ...
COIN CERT.10/3/2009
  Q: How do companys that grade coins get the right to be certified coin graders? It used to be "a man is ...
  A: People are always looking for a bargain while others just fall into deals they should have never ...
A quarter that is missing the letter r from it9/28/2009
  Q: I have a quarter that some how when it was minted they left off the R it is not stamped on it like ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
1943 pennies9/19/2009
  Q: I have a set of three 1943 pennies.On one Ican find the D mint mark,but on the other two I cant find ...
  A: We sell the 1943 P,D, & S Steel Cent sets in our shop for $1.99 (unprocessed original circulated ...
Estate Sale with graded Coins9/17/2009
  Q: I'm looking to go to an estate sale that is auctioning off the following coins: A slab 1955-S MS68RD ...
  A: You did not list a denomination for the first three coins. Regardless of the dates these coins are ...
Silver commemoratives9/16/2009
  Q: Good afternoon. I have a complete Apollo 13, silver commemorative coin set, in its case. The writing ...
  A: Unfortunately, there is currently no market for Apollo silver commemorative coins. The medals are ...
presidential coin9/14/2009
  Q: Harrison. The beginning date of his presidency is 1841--however no date on coin for the ending of ...
  A: That is the way the U.S. Mint minted the coin. 1841 was the beginning and the end of President ...
1902 American $20. gold coin9/10/2009
  Q: Could you please tell me tha value of this coin?
  A: Your coin is in demand. The value can range depending on condition. Currently your coin will have ...
1823 GOLD BRITISH COIN8/31/2009
  Q: SORRY HERE'S THE PICTURE NOW LOL
  A: The coin appears to be a Great Britain 2 Pounds coin - if so it should have a weight of 15.97 grams. ...
Silver Penny8/30/2009
  Q: I read an article concerning a silver penny from 1988. I too have a coin the exact same. I live in ...
  A: It is possible you have a zinc cent. Cent coins made in 1988 are zinc and copper coated. A local ...
Misprinted Virginia State Quarter8/29/2009
  Q: I have a Virginia State Quarter that has a copper stripe running down the front face of the quarter. ...
  A: Sounds like a lamination error but I cannot be sure without seeing a picture. There may have been ...
1943 S Steel Penny8/29/2009
  Q: Troy, While looking through some new acquisitions I came across what appears to be a partial ...
  A: For some reason there are many different variations on steel cent dates/mint marks. Many of these ...
coin prices8/27/2009
  Q: I have several coins that my grandfather left me. Morgan silver dollars: 1883,1890,1891 and 1921. I ...
  A: Pre 1905 Silver Dollars are generally worth $14 each. Better coins: CC Mint Marked coins are ...
V NICKEL8/18/2009
  Q: MY BROTHER RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AND LEFT ME WITH A COFFEE CAN OF LIBERTY HEAD V NICKLES. THEY ...
  A: Sounds like a fun lot to look at. You best bet is to buy a 2010 Red Book, A Guide Book of United ...
trip to Mexico...8/13/2009
  Q: Next month i will be in Cozumel & Progreso, MX. Mexico has very little i want to bring home. ...
  A: Dave, You should realize that many Experts on this site have full time business with little time to ...
1922 Peace Dollar8/12/2009
  Q: I inherited this coin (image attached) and would like to determine its rarity (or none). I can't ...
  A: Your coin is very common. It is a business strike (not matte or satin). Because of the damage it ...
Value of Half Pound Silver Proof set dated 19938/10/2009
  Q: My mother has left behind an extensive coin collection. I have no idea of it's value, however my ...
  A: The medal you are referring to is ether 6oz's or 8oz's (Troy weight) depending on how it was minted. ...
1913 2 1/2 dollar gold coin7/29/2009
  Q: I have recently inherited a large coin collection from my grandpa (mostly world coins). One of the ...
  A: The 1913 Quarter Eagle is not rare, but is still a great coin. XF coins sell in the shop for around ...
coin mints7/27/2009
  Q: Is their any preference for "D", "P", etc., in collecting coins? Or collecting uncirculated rolls of ...
  A: Coin collecting is all about collector preference. Current mints include, "D" Denver, "P" PA, "W" ...
mint sets: how good is the packaging?7/27/2009
  Q: Most of my collection is organized by coin type. Mint sets make that impossible, so I am considering ...
  A: I vote no on that idea. Obviously, once the coins are cut out they can never be put back together ...
mint rolls v mint boxes7/27/2009
  Q: i notice the us mint offers the presidential $1's in the red, white and blue 25 coin rolls and also ...
  A: People collect these rolls because of the special U.S. Mint wrap. If interested, the Oddball Coin ...
2009 Proof Set7/26/2009
  Q: I just received the new 2009 proof set and the $1 coin, (Sacajewea) does not have a "S" mint mark. ...
  A: I applied to a voluntary position and was turned down by the U.S. Treasury regarding a committee ...
Endangered Wildlife Sterling Silver Medal Set7/24/2009
  Q: One of the things I found when going thru my aunt's estate was a set of coins - or maybe I should ...
  A: You'll find in this market that the value is in the metal. If your medals are Sterling Silver then ...
coins7/24/2009
  Q: I have a few coins interested in finding out more about. I have a silver penny wheat back , 1940's I ...
  A: Here is your breakdown. The cent is from 1943. It is made of steel and zinc coated and is worth ...
1922 Walking Liberty Dollar7/23/2009
  Q: I cannot seem to find any information on the Walking Liberty One Dollar coin; I find plenty on the ...
  A: Your 1988 coin is an American Silver Eagle coin. It does have the same obverse design as the ...
double headed/ comes apart coin7/23/2009
  Q: My name is Chris and I have this nickel thatís has the face on both sides. also I dropped it showing ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
American Historic Society One lb 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar Proof7/23/2009
  Q: I have a One lb 1878 Morgan Silver Dollar proof that has a Certificate of Authenticity from the ...
  A: The silver layer has a few cents worth of silver. Copper is around $2 a pound. So your medal is ...
silver cert7/22/2009
  Q: i have a 1 dollar silver cert.made in 1934 with hawaii stamped on front on each side and across the ...
  A: Production started on the series 1934 notes in 1942 after the start of WWII. They were used in ...
$20 National Currency7/20/2009
  Q: I have a $20 bill that says National Currency on the top. It was issued from the National City Bank ...
  A: From your description of the note its worth $25 dollars. You might try selling it yourself on eBay ...
coin7/17/2009
  Q: I have 2004 penny,the 4 on the penny is not stamp clear like it was not stamp good and error.How ...
  A: This is the result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a novelty item ...
coins7/15/2009
  Q: I have a 1937 D nickle that has been clearly double stamped. When I ask a dealer about it they all ...
  A: If you truly believe you have a 1937-D Double Die you are free to ask your local dealer how much it ...
Double headed quarter7/14/2009
  Q: and sound question is I don't know the year but I do know it's a newer quarter-- question just ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
Complete Peace dollar set7/12/2009
  Q: I have purchased a complete Peace dollar collection at auction (24 coins, all years, including San ...
  A: The base price on any Peace Dollar set is around $750.00. You can figure another $600 to get the ...
selling coins7/12/2009
  Q: I have a 1987 gold 12 troy ounce Pope John Paul II coin and I am considering selling it. What would ...
  A: Good question. At today's pricing we would pay $10,500. You will find this number competitive with ...
$2 bill marking an occasion7/12/2009
  Q: I have a $2 bill (1976 series) that was postmarked at the NY Bicentennial Barge Station in Albany ...
  A: The base price for these bills is $3.25. Collectors across the nation had their notes stamped. ...
Silver Dollar and 2 dollar bill with red seals7/10/2009
  Q: I have a silver dollar, dated 1891, condition, it's been circulated. I also have a 2 dollar ...
  A: All 1928 $2 Bills are worth holding on to, plus any large size notes dated before 1928. Your other ...
apraisal for 1917 one dollar bill7/10/2009
  Q: I have a series 1917 one dollar bill that was given to me and I would like to find out how to have ...
  A: Without seeing the note it is impossible to give an appraisal on it. I can tell you from experience ...
gold coin7/7/2009
  Q: I have a gold coin from 1760. On one side it writes Patrona Bavariae and on the flip side it writes ...
  A: I'm not sure how far back you searched. "Patrona Bavariae is latin for "Mother of Bavarians." The ...
Oregon Exchange Company Coin7/4/2009
  Q: I have a $10 Oregon Exchange Company coin that was given to me by my father who was born in 1926. I ...
  A: You need to find a PCGS or NGC authorized dealer. PCGS and NGC are the two most respected ...
Mint Proof vs/ Mint Cad6/30/2009
  Q: Can you tell me the difference between mint proof and mint clad proof? Thanks for you're time ...
  A: Proof is a method of minting. It refers to a coin that is struck multiple times in order to better ...
1962 proof set6/30/2009
  Q: I recently purchased a 1962 proof set and on the franklin half dollar i noticed what appears to be a ...
  A: It is not a die crack. The Half is a victim of struck through lint. A piece of lint landed between ...
Silver Content6/25/2009
  Q: How much silver is contained in an 1886 Silver Dollar?
  A: A 1886 U.S. Silver Dollar contains .77344 of one ounce of pure Silver. The Dollar metal content is ...
Cleaning silver coins6/24/2009
  Q: How can I clean a 1921 silver coin>
  A: Never clean coins, this can damage and lessen their value. Also, soft plastics can contain harmful ...
Lincoln Penny6/22/2009
  Q: I would like to know the value of a 1922 Lincoln penny. No mint letter. Thank You Elaine Brewer
  A: All 1922 Cents were minted at the Denver Mint. If you can't find a Mint Mark you will need to get ...
Silver Eagle Proof Coins6/20/2009
  Q: I am considering purchasing a set of silver eagle one dollar proof coins (1986-2008) certified MS69 ...
  A: It will be worth it for you to call me to discuss. The question is to involved to answer via this ...
new red penny vs old red penny?6/19/2009
  Q: I have a question about coin colors. I understand that red is generaly the most desirable color, ...
  A: You are not crazy. No U.S. cent is 100% copper. There is always some other alloy used to bring up ...
coin collecting6/18/2009
  Q: on a American eagle 1986 proof is a green label marked on the slab FIRST YEAR worth more than the ...
  A: I am not a big fan of paying more for a label. To answer your question - both coins would be worth ...
copper penny6/17/2009
  Q: My son found a used 1944 copper penny with no mint mark on it. Does it have any value? Were copper ...
  A: Your 1944 Cent was minted at the Philadelphia Mint and is made of Brass. It is worth 3 Cents. ...
state quarters6/17/2009
  Q: My children were given a full set each of -$10 rolls- of all 50 state quarters. Their grandparents ...
  A: If the rolls are intact, bank wrapped and sealed (machine wrapped - shot gun style or plastic roll), ...
statehood quarter rolls6/17/2009
  Q: I have 20,000 dollars in statehood quarter rolls,mostly circulated and average condition. Also I ...
  A: Circulated State Quarters are worth face. You will need to arrange something with your bank if you ...
Silver quarters6/17/2009
  Q: I went to the local Circle K, and the cashier gave me my change in some silver quarters she had ...
  A: Lucky find. Your quarters are currently worth 6X to 11X face depending on who is buying. ...
1989 quarter6/16/2009
  Q: I have a 1989 Liberty quarter. It is very worn, but it has a picture of a woman holding a shield ...
  A: Did you mean 1889 or 1989?? An 1889 Seated Quarter is Rare. About Good coins are worth $18 to $65. ...
miss print6/14/2009
  Q: I got a new roll of the gold $1.00 coins from a bank, and when I opened it one of the coins was not ...
  A: Your coin will need to be certified by PCGS or NGC. DO NOT TOUCH IT with your fingers. If you have ...
1959 Proof Set6/13/2009
  Q: Troy, I have a 1959 Proof set in a sealed envelope. I've heard that some of these sets may contain ...
  A: First take a deep breath. We buy a lot of coins. Every year there are several collections that ...
Y2K Sliver Coin .9996/13/2009
  Q: did any one get an answer as to the value of this coin? If so please email me and let me know I have ...
  A: If the medal is 1oz of Silver (.999 Fine) then it is worth the price of silver per ounce. You can ...
uncut sheets of US paper currency6/12/2009
  Q: Can an individual purchase an uncut sheet of US paper money and then cut it up him/herself. I ...
  A: Believe it or not, if the sheet is cut correctly the note is still a note and is collectible. Most ...
Kennedy 64 Halfs6/11/2009
  Q: Troy, I just read your answer to a post today. You stated that Silver Halves could be worth 3 to ...
  A: Yes, currently the price of an common 90% Silver Coin is totally correlated to the price of Silver ...
Value of coins6/9/2009
  Q: I have a number of silver,and I am having a little trouble getting the value of 3 uncirculated ...
  A: Your 1964 Half Dollars are worth $4 to $6 depending on recent silver prices. Your 1963 Quarters are ...
pennys6/8/2009
  Q: the wheat reverse is in the 1940 slot and the memorial is between 1958-d and 1959 thank you so ...
  A: If the slot is for any Memorial Cent, you can pick from any Cent made from 1959 to 2008. If the ...
2009 coin no date6/8/2009
  Q: I received a 2009 clad proof set from the US mint and the Sacagawea dollar does not have a date or ...
  A: Yes, the U.S. Mint decided to change the design this year. The Year and Mint mark is on the coins ...
Rare Coin6/5/2009
  Q: I would love to know the approximate value of 4 coins.. A) I have an 1852, one cent, copper from the ...
  A: Arteaga, Note that without seeing the coins in person I can only give values based on my experience ...
silver certficate6/4/2009
  Q: How much is the large 1 dollar 1899 silver certificate worth? I also have a 1968A, 1957, 1935F.
  A: Average examples of the 1899 Black Eagle go for $25 to $100 depending on condition. Crisp new or ...
1960 Nickel with missing back6/4/2009
  Q: I have a 1960 Nickel with no mint mark. The "heads" side is normal but the "tails" side is missing. ...
  A: Your item has no collector value. You have half of a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
VERY faded 1900(exact date) half doller(100% silver)6/3/2009
  Q: How much is a 1900 sliver half dollar coin that is so faded you can only see the outline of the ...
  A: Your 1900 Barber Half Dollar is worth around $4.00 in silver. The contents of the coin is 90% ...
Y2K silver coin6/3/2009
  Q: I recently acquired a .999 troy ounce silver Y2K commemorative millennium coin which I am having a ...
  A: You can check www.kitco.com for the current value of Silver per oz. That is what your unit of ...
1943 s steel penny6/2/2009
  Q: I have a 1943 s steel penny with the 4 missing. The other numbers are prominant and the s under ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
partially blank penny6/1/2009
  Q: I found a penny that is about 90% blank and the other 10% is part of another penny. Like when it was ...
  A: Sounds like you have a 90% off center cent. They are worth $1 to $3 dollars depending on the detail ...
tiny American coin, 18025/31/2009
  Q: A friend of the family was an avid coin collector, and when he died this collection came to us. ...
  A: Sounds like you have a couple of facts out of place. The coin is a Silver Three-Cent Piece. They ...
DOUBLE HEADED LIBERTY 19225/30/2009
  Q: We have come across a 1922 liberty head dollar that has the head on both sides and trust is spelled ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
Oregon Exchange Company "Beaver Gold"5/29/2009
  Q: In going through our parents' old coins we have come across a $10 1849 gold coin issued by the ...
  A: I'm sorry, I do not know any dealers in Kansas/Missouri area. If you can get an image via a flat ...
Coin discoloration5/29/2009
  Q: We collect our change in a glass bottle we've used for years & yesterday when I dumped the coins out ...
  A: It is a chemical reaction with the elements. All your coins contain some copper and the coins ...
State Quarters5/28/2009
  Q: I have a Massachusetts state quarter that is colored on the back. there also seems to be double ...
  A: The coloring was put on the quarter after it left the U.S. Mint. The coin is considered damaged and ...
1926-D Peace Siver dollar5/27/2009
  Q: I recently inherited a large silver dollar collection from my mother. I purchased the RED BOOK and ...
  A: It takes years of experience to determine a matte finish on Peace Dollar. The 1926-D would not have ...
Silver Quarter5/24/2009
  Q: I recently went into my coin collection to find a 1952 silver quarter in excellent condition. I was ...
  A: Any 1952 quarter in Extra Fine condition will not be worth a whole lot. We get a lot of Silver ...
coin heaven/hell...5/19/2009
  Q: Troy, i have been sorted through amyriad of old coins and have become totally overwhelmed. here are ...
  A: 1st you will need a good coin book. I recommend a spiral bound 2010 Red Book, A Guide Book of ...
Sovereigns and half Sovereigns5/17/2009
  Q: I have a 1926 sovereign mounted in a fairly elaborate gold setting the coin is in good condition and ...
  A: The approx value of Sovereign's is $185 to $212 each and 1/2 Sovereign's $90 to $106 each depending ...
Mint Marks and Proofs5/15/2009
  Q: I recently acquired a penny collection and I am getting confused on proofs. Are all "s" mint marked ...
  A: Good Question. The U.S. Mint started making proof coins at the SF Mint in 1968. Some years have ...
1922 Peace dollar5/14/2009
  Q: before my father passed away he showed my his 1922 peace dollar. He was given it by Mr. Hearst when ...
  A: This is very interesting. 99.9999% of all 1922 Silver Dollars are worth in the $12 range. So, ...
indian head nickel5/14/2009
  Q: I have a golden nickel, but it seems that the date has worn off. It has an Indian head and the word ...
  A: Sounds like you have a worn Buffalo or V-Nickel that has been gold plated. You can confirm if it is ...
gold coins5/11/2009
  Q: my wife works in a casino and she brought home a gold penny minted in 1990 how do i find out if it ...
  A: Get a weight in grams. If the coin is approx 2.7 grams (+/- .2) it is zinc/copper and gold plated. ...
2003 U.S. Silver Eagle Collection offered by Washington Mint5/10/2009
  Q: I can't find any information regarding the value of this 3-coin set: "2003 US silver eagle struck ...
  A: Sounds like you have three American Silver Eagles that have been colored/hologramed, etc... The ...
us state quarter 2001 d new york5/10/2009
  Q: on the reverse, gateway to freedom (freedom has no F)
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
Proof set question5/9/2009
  Q: I have a 1964 sealed proof set and on the back of the Kennedy half dollar there is a burn mark on ...
  A: Many proof sets of the 1950's and early 1960's have toning. The burn mark is a deep tone. We have ...
Penny Missing full date5/8/2009
  Q: I have penny that has only 19 on it. It's missing the last two numbers. The 3rd number looks as if ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
New dimes5/8/2009
  Q: I received maybe ten rolls of dimes from Bank Of America. Rolls marked N.F.String & Sons, Inc. ...
  A: Nothing wrong with having a few dime rolls laying around. The book price is retail. Actual ...
1896 COIN5/6/2009
  Q: Have a 1896 one dollar coin which belong to my grandfather and i don't know what to do with it or ...
  A: Most 1896 Dollars are common. Look for a Mint Mark on the reverse just above the DO in Dollar. If ...
gold spanish coin5/5/2009
  Q: In 1965 I was given a gold twenty five peseta coin dated 1878 with the head of Alfonso 12th on one ...
  A: If I looked it up correctly the coin is about quarter size? The gold content is approx $198. You ...
Silver Dollar Coins5/3/2009
  Q: My husband's aunt is visiting from Mexico and she brought with her about 30 silver dollar coins that ...
  A: If you can reply with years and Mint Marks I can help with values. The Mint Mark can be found on ...
meaning of coin words5/2/2009
  Q: i was checking up values of old coins and was wondering what does 'heavy wear' 'light wear' 'Fine ...
  A: Grading is a deep subject. I recommend you buy the Official American Numismatic ANA Grading ...
1999 Pennsylvania quarter5/1/2009
  Q: I have a quarter 1999 Pennsylvania with an "s" to indicate San Franciscso mint. It is my ...
  A: "S" Minted 1999 Quarters are proof. They still have a face value of 25 cents and it is possible to ...
50 Cent Piece4/30/2009
  Q: I was given back a 50 cent piece in change today and it has "tails" on both sides. Is this a fake ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
1976 s mint dime ? Proof?4/30/2009
  Q: I have come across a 1976 S mint roosevelt dime. This happens to be in unusually good condition , ...
  A: Your dime has been taken out of a proof set and placed into circulation. It is now called an ...
U.S. Double Headed Quarter with dates on each side4/30/2009
  Q: Today I found a US double headed quarter. On one side was the date 1995 and on the other side was ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
1922 One Dollar lady liberty silver coin worth???4/29/2009
  Q: I wanted to know how much my 1922,Lady Liberty peace Dollar coin is worth.She's in very good ...
  A: Your coin is one of the most common Silver Dollars ever made. We sell them in the shop for $14.00 ...
1973 mint pennies4/29/2009
  Q: What is an unopened bag of 5,000 Philadelphia pennies worth? Are they worth more in an unopened bag ...
  A: I would not advise opening the bag. You best bet is the sell it sealed and unopened. Cents can ...
1965 Dime4/29/2009
  Q: A lady at a store gave my son a dime, it looks like a penny in color, when you turn it at an angle ...
  A: Find someone with a digital scale and reply with a weight in grams. Example: 2.27 grams. If the ...
1943 Stripped Nickel4/28/2009
  Q: First thank you for this forum and for your time. I have collected coins since I was a young child, ...
  A: This is called a lamination error. It is very common among war nickels because of the different ...
coins4/25/2009
  Q: what is the most valuable quarter out there
  A: Most likely the most valuable quarter out there is a priceless keepsake given by someone special. ...
1973 penny w/ CT4/24/2009
  Q: I have a 1973 Penny with the state of Connecticut and CT imprint above the year. I don't think its ...
  A: There are thousands of different punched cents across the country. They are only a neat novelty. ...
US Coin One Troy Ounce4/23/2009
  Q: Hopefully your vast expertise can be of service. I have just been scouring the Internet to find a ...
  A: The item you have is not a coin but a Silver Bullion Medal. There are many different makers and ...
Inherited coin collection4/23/2009
  Q: I inherited a fairly large coin collection. I know next to nothing about thier value etc. Most are ...
  A: It sounds like you inherited an accumulation of coins (coins collected from change). Rare coins ...
the new Sacagawea dollar coin4/22/2009
  Q: I recieved a new Sacagawea in change the other day. It doesn't have a mint designator, date, E ...
  A: Look on the edge. Please remember to never clean coins, this can damage and lessen their value. ...
1936 dollar coin4/21/2009
  Q: I have been looking for a 1936 dollar coin but have had no luck. Do you know if they made a dlooar ...
  A: No U.S. Dollars were made in 1936. Peace Dollars were produced from 1921 to 1928, then again in ...
1960 rose dime4/21/2009
  Q: I recently opened some of my us mint proof sets, as I was checking for errors the 1963, the red book ...
  A: You might want to take another look at the 2010 Red Book. The "*" refers to mintages being included ...
Danbury Mint Silver Presidential Ingots4/19/2009
  Q: I'm wondering what is the value of my collection. This set contains 36ea. 2500 grain 1 oz bars and ...
  A: The collector value of these medals is shot along with the economy. There is a slight chance you ...
proof set4/19/2009
  Q: Are proof sets less valuable than regular coins? I want to buy grandaughter three or 4 pesidential ...
  A: Proof coins are almost always worth more than coins made for circulation (regular coins). But, the ...
penny4/18/2009
  Q: My dad wants to know if there is a "D" &or "P" 2008 penny, and same for the four different 2009 ...
  A: Yes, circulating cents for 2008 and 2009 were/are made at the Denver and PA mint for circulation. ...
coin w/dime side and penny side4/12/2009
  Q: We have aquired a dime size and weight coin which has a dime side with the torch and leaf clusters ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
mint mark4/11/2009
  Q: I have a 1942 walking liberty half that has no mint mark at the 8:00 position below the branch. Is ...
  A: The Philadelphia Mint was the first in operation in the late 1700's. No one at the time was thinking ...
Coin collectiom4/8/2009
  Q: I am an amatuer collecter and, due to a lack of sellers or hobby shops in my area, I come across ...
  A: Your best online reference guide is eBay. You can search completed items for values. Also, try ...
bicentennial quarters4/7/2009
  Q: i have alot of 1976 bicentennial quarters and wondered if they were worth much. does mint matter and ...
  A: The U.S. Mint made millions of 1976 P & D quarters. Your best bet is to find a local coin shop and ...
Lincoln and Indian Heads4/7/2009
  Q: I have Lincoln pennies for every year (and mint) from 1939 to 1962. I also have Indian head pennies ...
  A: There is much rarity in the dates you mention. A VG to VF is expected on the Indians. Prices are ...
Trade dollar4/5/2009
  Q: I have a 1885 trade dollar. It has passed the magnet test and the wight test. Some say forget it, it ...
  A: Certification is mandatory. Check the NGC website (ngccoin.com) for a local authorized dealer in ...
Coin Envelope Issue4/4/2009
  Q: I have purchased a 1958 US Proof set. The seller said it was open but in the original envelope with ...
  A: Many 1950's proof sets are no longer in an envelope but housed in capital plastic holders. The ...
Coin Storage4/3/2009
  Q: What is the best method for storing Uncirculated and Proof coins to prevent changes in the ...
  A: The best storage I have found is Kointain holders. They will fit in Dansco albums if you buy blank ...
luisiana purchase nickle4/3/2009
  Q: Does a Louisiana purchase nickle cost the same amount as a regular nickle?
  A: Currently, there is not much of a wholesale market for 2004 and 2005 P or D Nickels. The reason is ...
Silver coins/ 2 dollar bills4/2/2009
  Q: I have a lot of silver coins, nickels, dimes, quarters, half and silver dollars they are all mostly ...
  A: Your best bet is to research yourself. Look for a "Blue Book" for coins. We have them at ...
gold plated4/2/2009
  Q: I am a cashier and i opened a new roll of nickles and behold I found a gold plated liberty 2005 ...
  A: It is a novelty item plated by a private company. The actual gold value is a few cents (assuming it ...
How much is this worth?3/30/2009
  Q: Ok so I recieved a silver dollar and i was wondering how much it would be worth.. It is a E Pluribus ...
  A: The weight of this coin should be 26.7 grams. There are a lot of fakes in the market place so ...
proof sets with toning3/30/2009
  Q: I have some 1999 proof sets (9 coins in each). I store them in a closet in my air-conditioned ...
  A: I imagine you are talking about the blue sets (clad). The coins are looking foggy. Clad coins are ...
Question3/29/2009
  Q: Could you give me an idea of the value of a 1893 columbian half dollar
  A: The Colombian Half Dollar was America's 1st Commemorative Half Dollar made by the U.S. Mint, 1892 ...
new quarter w/double head3/27/2009
  Q: I have just found a quarter with both sides stamped with "heads", so it therefore has no year stamp. ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
Old Gold Coins3/25/2009
  Q: Both are in very good condition. How can i understand the value of these items? Thank you
  A: The U.S. Ten Indian gold coins are notorious for being counterfeit. If authentic the coin is most ...
1967 quarter composition3/24/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you know the silver content of U.S. quarters between the years of 65' thru 67'. ...
  A: The silver content of U.S. quarters between 65'thru 67' is zero. Quarters made in 1964 and before ...
Connecticut quarters with errors3/22/2009
  Q: I have a 1999 Connecticut quarter that I got out of the bag from the mint when I worked in a bank. ...
  A: Your best bet is to contact http://www.fredweinberg.com/ and ask Fred. You can tell him that Troy ...
Mint Proof Sets - should I have graded?3/21/2009
  Q: I have several gold and platinum US Mint proof sets and individual coins that I've purchased ...
  A: From my experience you will be wasting a lot of money and time on grading. These coins are actually ...
1976 shriner coin3/20/2009
  Q: I found a 1976 Kansas city 102nd imperial session coin, i found some on Ebay, they were called VTG ...
  A: It is basically a Novelty item. No real value. We have a 3 for $1.00 box in the shop with all ...
COIN VALUE3/19/2009
  Q: My mother in law asked me to check to see if I could possibly find the value of a coin set that she ...
  A: It is a heart break that most sets from the 1980's did not hold their value. This set is no ...
US Morgan $3/19/2009
  Q: I have a 1886 Morgan US silver $ not mint it's been circulated. Can you tell me what it's worth? ...
  A: You want to look on the reverse of the coin just above the D and O in dollar. If there is a single ...
danbury commenmorative gold 1976 coin3/19/2009
  Q: I have a Danbury coin. I found the exact same coin but made by danbury mint instead of Franklin ...
  A: I doubt this item will sell, but this does give you an idea of retail pricing. The actual liquid ...
how to sell my coins3/18/2009
  Q: I have multiple silver dollar coins and coin sets such as 1995 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, 1971 ...
  A: I'm on the west coast. But here are a few general thoughts. Look in the phone book. Seek out a ...
Odd currency3/18/2009
  Q: I have a dollar bill that is normal on the front but missing 2 colors on the back (only yellow). ...
  A: The note has been bleached out after leaving the BEP. Basically, it is a damaged $1.00 bill and ...
Value of these sets3/17/2009
  Q: I have been given a Norman Rockwell Fondest Memories first edition Proof set of silver ingots from ...
  A: I have not had much luck retailing these items. You can expect the liquid value to be in the 80% to ...
State Quarters3/16/2009
  Q: I heard that some state quarters were misprinted and are worth money. Can you tell me if that 1. is ...
  A: Any dramatic U.S. Mint error is worth a premium. Look through uncirculated bank rolls, if you find ...
incomplete date on penny3/15/2009
  Q: I have a penny in good condition except the date is 196 and nothing else .there is no evidence of ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
off set I think3/13/2009
  Q: I have a bicentennial Quarter that looks like it has a flaw. I notice when I look at the quarter ...
  A: The error is called a rotated die. A slight rotation is considered only a neat novelty item. I ...
Bullion Coins3/10/2009
  Q: What are the best silver Bullion coins to buy? Is there a specific one that has more value?
  A: Opinions vary on the best silver Bullion to buy. In our shop Silver Eagles are the most popular. ...
misprinted coin3/9/2009
  Q: I recently found a coin that is the back of a dime on one side and the back of a penny on the other. ...
  A: If the coin is the exact same size as a Dime or Cent it most likely a fake. Coins struck on ...
"thick" dime3/9/2009
  Q: 2004 D dime is thicker than normal, note pronounced rim in picture, normal on right. Rare? Worth ...
  A: The big thing here is the weight. Is the weight of your thick dime more or less then all other clad ...
50 states bicentennial3/9/2009
  Q: I have a large blue binder with a complete set of Bicentennial Medal Collection limited edition ...
  A: The Franklin Mint made a few different sizes of these medals. Are your medals just under 32mm in ...
2001 Kentucky "P" with no copper on edge3/8/2009
  Q: I have a 2001 Kentucky quarter, mint marked with a "P", but has an all silver edge(no copper). At ...
  A: There is one way to tell for sure the composition of your Half. Get a weight in grams. A 90% ...
value of coin3/8/2009
  Q: I have an 1883 Morgan all features are visible need current collectable value
  A: Your coin is common. It looks to be in fine condition and was produced at the Philadelphia Mint. ...
2001 painted Kentucky coin quarter3/8/2009
  Q: I came across a painted 2001 Kentucky Quarter and only the back of it is painted on the painted back ...
  A: There are many examples of painted modern coins. All were privately produced after leaving the U.S. ...
COIN3/7/2009
  Q: WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF THERE WAS A 1878-O MORGAN PRODUCED. I HAVE ONE BUT I THINK ITS FAKE. I ...
  A: No 1878-O Morgan Dollar were produced. You can confirm the coin is a fake vs altered by weight. ...
1979 US Penny3/6/2009
  Q: I have a 1979 US Penny. It doesn't have the same color as a copper penny. It looks more silvery. ...
  A: I recommend you find someone with a digital scale. The coin should weigh 3.11 grams. Because the ...
two headed 1974 quarter value3/5/2009
  Q: what is the value of a 1974 two headed us quarter?
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
Commemorative Coin Value3/3/2009
  Q: I have a Franklin Mint Treasury of Presidential Commemorative Medals **American Express Edition**. ...
  A: Private issue medals are generally worth their silver value (assuming they are Silver). You can ...
Silver Bullion/redeemed...3/3/2009
  Q: I just recently picked up a "silver-pak" it is 3/4 of an oz.silver in refined con.in a plastic ...
  A: Neat item. The Silver value is .75 of an ounce, which currently runs around $9. Better yet is the ...
Indian cent date sizes3/2/2009
  Q: I recently bought an album of Indian Head cents, and the coin in the 1872 slot actually looks alot ...
  A: There is a reason the damage is focused on the last digit. The coin is most likely not a 1877. If ...
.999 Silver Troy Ounce2/28/2009
  Q: I am in possession of a silver .999 Troy Ounce with the eagle and fla on the back of it and on the ...
  A: Basically, you have what is called a "Silver Round." This is a standard ounce of Silver. There are ...
double eagle coin2/27/2009
  Q: MY BROTHER TOLD ME HE HAD A DOUBLE SIDED EAGLE COIN. HE SAID THE COIN HAS NO DATED YEAR ON EITHER ...
  A: There are hundreds if not thousands of "Eagle" coins and medals that have been produced over the ...
Dime with Penny Edge2/26/2009
  Q: I found this in a coinstar machine. The year is 200? It has a penny edge to it. Of course I am ...
  A: Someone messed the coin after it left the U.S. Mint. Most of the time it is in an effort to make a ...
if my coin is valueable2/26/2009
  Q: I have a silver coin dated 1777 "Patrona Bavariae" on front and D.G.MAX.IOS.U. B.D.S.R.I.A.& EL.L.L ...
  A: Patrona Bavariae is latin for "Mother of Bavarians." The phrase refers to the patron saint of ...
2007 Washington Proof Toning?2/26/2009
  Q: I purchased some 2007 Presidential Proof Sets from the Mint and upon inspection noticed one of the ...
  A: All mini dollars are highly susceptible to toning. Some people like it, some do not. They are made ...
coin error2/25/2009
  Q: I found a new Missouri quarter that looks all silver. I don't know much about coins so I thought I ...
  A: The U.S. Mint did make "S" Mint Marked Silver Quarters. They are actually made of 90% Silver and ...
2 unknown coins and wheat penny2/24/2009
  Q: i have 2 unknown coins i have pictures of them here's the link ...
  A: In general, mid to late 1900's Presidential Medals are very common. I think we have a few in our 3 ...
platinum eagles2/23/2009
  Q: i was wondering if you knew what the key coins were in the platinum eagle series. i looked up ...
  A: Unfortunately, The 10th anniversary coins are not rare when compared to other Platinum Eagles. The ...
1963 quarter2/23/2009
  Q: why can't i find a 1963 quarter? do they exist?
  A: The U.S. Mint made millions of 1963 quarters. The reason you cannot find them in circulation is ...
Draped Bust Dime, Large Eagle from 17972/22/2009
  Q: I want to know the coin is faked or not. Thanks a lot.
  A: The item shown in the image is a counterfeit. The strike and detail is not right. Most likely it ...
state quater2/22/2009
  Q: i have a penn. quarter that is missing the face side. it has marks going toward the center, how ...
  A: You have a magic two headed coin in the making. Your coin was milled after leaving the U.S. Mint. ...
2 headed nickel2/20/2009
  Q: A friend of mine has a two-headed nickel that has one side stamped with 1984 and the other with ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
1978 penny Lincoln only2/19/2009
  Q: I am not sure as to how many questions we can ask at one time, but I have 3. 1. My uncle has ...
  A: Regarding the Cent with no back. This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. ...
old coin2/19/2009
  Q: i have a coin and i think it say [mind your own business]is this a penny? and what kind of penny? ...
  A: Many have been made fake. You will first have to get your example authenticated. Authentic examples ...
double headed quarter2/18/2009
  Q: I have found a double headed quarter with the date 1988 on both sides is this worth anything?
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
us gold eagles2/18/2009
  Q: I have the following coins. What can I expect to get from a dealer if I sell them today. I purchased ...
  A: On Proof Eagles you can expect at least Melt +100 per oz depending on the market at the time of sale ...
mint set v. proof set2/18/2009
  Q: What is the difference between a "mint set" and a "proof set"?
  A: A Mint Set is considered an official "Mint Set" or "Uncirculated Set" and is produced by the U.S. ...
Currency one-side blank2/18/2009
  Q: I have 3 unc $10 bill with the 1st number blank on the reverse side, (St.Louis) the others ...
  A: Interesting. I'd contact a local coin dealer in your area and show the notes to them. Without ...
envelope difference 1960 unopened mint and proof sets2/16/2009
  Q: I know nothing about mint and proof sets 1964 and older as I have never dealt with them or actually ...
  A: What does the outside of the sealed envelope say? What color is the envelope? Typically people get ...
1848 Liberty Head Penny2/15/2009
  Q: We have this coin with a hole in it just above the hair - obviously worn on a chain sometime. ...
  A: The coin is not in collectible condition, although there are a few collectors who do look for type ...
discoloration of coin2/15/2009
  Q: I have found a Wisconsin quarter that has gold coloring to it. I have seen rainbow, and tarnished ...
  A: Most likely at one time in the past the coin was Gold plated. The gold plating is now wearing thin. ...
BLAKE & CO. ASSAYERS $20 GOLD COIN2/14/2009
  Q: I just "inherited" a $20 gold coin and want to know if it is of any value. It has on one side, ...
  A: If authentic the coin is valuable. Please be very careful with the coin and reply with an exact ...
Gold Dime2/13/2009
  Q: I found what appears to be a gold 2004 dime with the letter P on it. I was wondering if this was ...
  A: The dime you have is gold plated. Private companies promote these from time to time. We have ...
Mint Sets and Year Sets2/13/2009
  Q: Are Mint Sets and Year Sets one and the same thing? Thanks for taking the time.
  A: No, Mint Sets and Year Sets are not the same. A year set can be any number of coins from a ...
Mexican commemorative coin2/13/2009
  Q: My grandmother left me what I assume is a commemorative special issue coin. The blue vinyl outside ...
  A: This particular coin is very common. Its a 25 Peso Silver coin, correct? If so, the retail value ...
1957 $1 bill-silver certificate2/12/2009
  Q: How much is a Silver Certificate $1 bill worth from 1957. Robert Anderson- secretary of the treasury ...
  A: Average examples are selling in our store for $2 each or less depending on the qty purchased. On ...
silver proof sets2/11/2009
  Q: I know of where some have taken the silver coins out of the proof sets and replaced them with the ...
  A: Some proof sets come apart very easy, while others are very tough to break open. Having a lot of ...
Double headed 1995 Kennedy half dollar2/10/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell mee if there is any worth to this coin.
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
misprint quarter?2/9/2009
  Q: i have a quarter that looks like a regular quarter thats 1993, but on the back its totally blank ...
  A: Sounds like the beginning stage of a Magic Coin. Sometimes coins are milled out and then attached ...
thieteen original colies2/7/2009
  Q: I have a set of thirteen original coins. their is one coin of each of the original states.They were ...
  A: Most likely each is housed in a hard plastic or some type of holder. Because they have no spending ...
two headed state quarter2/7/2009
  Q: i have come across a two headed quarter. if you compare to an old quarter not even close to looking ...
  A: This is an interesting item that is sometimes called a magic coin. 99.999% of all the two-headed ...
1979 Penny2/5/2009
  Q: My brother has come across a 1979 Penny with the map of the state of GA on it, is it authentic?
  A: The coin is a man made production after it left the mint. Its a novelty item. There were coins made ...
1990 Silver penny2/4/2009
  Q: I understand that the 1990 Silver penny is common, as are the other coins that are missing the outer ...
  A: A true U.S. Mint error "missing outer copper layer" is not common. What is common is finding them ...
75-76 proof sets2/3/2009
  Q: i have a 1975proof set and a 1976proof set are the lower coins in the sets all 1975 or is the 76 set ...
  A: In 1975 they did not make a Quarter, Half Dollar, or Dollar. The Mint was busy making extra 1976 ...
Thin penny2/2/2009
  Q: I have a very thin US penny, 1925-D. Is this worth anything special on account of its oddness? Thank ...
  A: Without seeing the coin I can only go my years of experience. 99.9% of the time these examples have ...
kennedy half dollars2/2/2009
  Q: are any Kennedy half dollars worth more than fifty cents
  A: Kennedy Half Dollars dated 1964 are 90% Silver and currently worth 7X to 12X face depending on the ...
1975 silver penny2/1/2009
  Q: I have found a 1975 silver penny in a roll of dimes. the coin is in excellent shape and I have never ...
  A: In the 1970's, the U.S. Mint struck World coins from different countries. Its rare, but possible ...
Franklin 50c1/30/2009
  Q: I have a 20 roll of circulated (VG to AU) mixed 1949-S and 1949-D Franklin Halves (not FBLs)that an ...
  A: There are no notable varieties of double mint marked Ben Franklin Half dollars. Most of what you ...
Error Penny1/30/2009
  Q: I have a wheat Penny where the face of the penny only has Lincoln barely visible no other writting, ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
Morgan 1$ proofs1/30/2009
  Q: Other than the Mints,known process for creating a proof Morgan dollar(polished dies,struck twice ...
  A: I have a coin shop. We go through thousands of Morgans Silver Dollars a year. Yes, I do have a VAM ...
2001 Kentucky Quarter Weak Strike1/28/2009
  Q: I recently found a 2001 Kentucky State Quarter with a weak strike obverse, perfectly normal reverse, ...
  A: Most of the time this is a result of grease in the die when the coin was struck. It is basically a ...
1922 Peace Dollar1/28/2009
  Q: I have what I think may be a 1922 matte finish low relief proof peace dollar.Condition is excellent ...
  A: If you really think you have a matte finish 1922 Peace dollar you'll need to get it certified by ...
Parsons&C. Assayers Col. 1860 Twenty Dollars1/26/2009
  Q: I found this ingot in my Dad's coin collection. It says under Carat 18 1/2 and under DWT 25 6/10. ...
  A: There is always a chance you have a counterfeit example. 1st you should get your coin certified ...
Value of coins1/24/2009
  Q: I have 95 Indian head pennys as far back as 1872 -1909. It has a woman head. I have 41 nickles ...
  A: We purchase many collections and have seen a lot of people like yourself that do not know values. I ...
COLORADO QUARTER1/22/2009
  Q: RECENTLY I CAME ACROSS A COLORADO QUARTER THAT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN STAMPED WITH A DAMAGED DIE. HAVE ...
  A: Chances are the coin is just damaged. If you found it in an original roll (all new condition ...
blank dime1/20/2009
  Q: I was taking out coins from a roll of dimes when I noticed that one of them was blank. It has the ...
  A: Yes, it reads like you do have a blank planchet for a U.S. Dime. You can test it by weight. Does ...
Bi-Centennial Quarter Collection1/19/2009
  Q: My grandfather has just recently passed away and left me his bi-centennial quarter collection. They ...
  A: We use them for change in the store, you can spend them. If you want to keep coins in his memory, I ...
coin value1/17/2009
  Q: I have a Deutsches Reich-1871.Is it worth anything?
  A: I need to know the Mint Mark of the coin in order to look up a value. You'll find a small letter ...
1868 victoria D: G: Penny1/15/2009
  Q: A student at my school has brought a penny from home and we were looking for the value of it. It is ...
  A: If the coin has a full Rim and the overall detail can be read, then the value starts at $2.50 to $12 ...
types of different metals used in making a mercury dime1/15/2009
  Q: i have 2 mercury dime(s), one dated 1934 and one 1936. one looks to be a brass or goldish tone and ...
  A: the slight color different is normal. These coins are 90% Silver and 10% Copper. The copper in ...
us penny1/14/2009
  Q: !!!
  A: Its difficult to tell what happened to your coin without seeing it in person. It could have been a ...
Irregular Nicket found in pocket change1/14/2009
  Q: Today, while trying to feed a vending machine, a nickel kept being rejected. When I gave it a hard ...
  A: 99.999% of all the two headed finds are man made after leaving the U.S. Mint. It is a very common ...
double headed quarter1/12/2009
  Q: we have a new quarter dollar struck with a head on both sides,was it flipped over during striking ...
  A: I get asked this question at least once a week. There are many double headed coins out there. Most ...
California 1/2 Gold Coin1/11/2009
  Q: Four of the coins are circular with a Indian on the front with 13 stars around him and 1852 on the ...
  A: 99.9% of all California Fractional "Gold" coins are copies. Many were sold as novelty items over ...
what coin is this12/26/2008
  Q: i have a coin its smaller than a dime and the back is identical to a 2 1/2 dollar quarter ...
  A: Your item is a souvenir and/or fantasy "coin like" medal that has similar features to a 2 1/2 Dollar ...
1960 something dime12/26/2008
  Q: I have a dime from the 1960's (67?) but the final digit in the number is short and broad (though it ...
  A: Most likely it was a greased filled die that produced the coin therefore making the last digit hard ...
coins value12/24/2008
  Q: I have some coins which I have kept for over the years and was wondering if you might know the ...
  A: First check your coins for Mint Marks. Turn the Morgan Dollar over and look just above the D and O ...
miss struck penny12/23/2008
  Q: I have a penny that the date on it says 197 with no 4th number from the denver mint. Is it worth ...
  A: Sometimes the die can be filled with grease. This can cause design flaws (missing 4 etc..) I've ...
US penny 1973 D12/23/2008
  Q: I have a 1973 d penny with a small bust of linclon stamped to the right of Lincolns head. Dose this ...
  A: This is a punch mark that occurred after the cent left the Mint. There are many punch marks people ...
two head quarter12/21/2008
  Q: i have a two head quarter, one side is dated 1974 and the other side is dated 1977, one side has the ...
  A: We have been around coins for over 30 years. Every double headed quarter we have ever seen was man ...
1941 penny12/18/2008
  Q: I have a 1941 wheat penny and when you flip it over side to side the opposite image seems to be ...
  A: Normal is the images remains right side up. You may have a coin that was struck with a rotated die. ...
1843 Seated liberty coin12/17/2008
  Q: My husband acquiredsome 1843 coins. There is no mint stamp on it. Also when comparing it with ...
  A: Over 95% of these that walk in our shop are fakes from China. Companies in China are producing ...
1906 INDO CHINE FRANCAISE COIN12/15/2008
  Q: THE BACK SAYS "PIASTRI DE COMMERCE" TITRE 0900 POIDS 27 GR DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF THE WORTH? ...
  A: Good question. The problem with this coin is that at least one company in China is now producing ...
2001 kentucky12/12/2008
  Q: i have a 2001 Kentucky quarter The face side shows about a quarter inch long lines running around ...
  A: Impossible to tell without actually seeing the coin. You might think about taking it to a local ...
Small Date Pennies12/10/2008
  Q: Can you please tell me how to tell the difference between the 1960 and 1970 small date and large ...
  A: The 1970-S is the tough one - Look at the word Liberty on the 1970-S cent. On the large date the ...
misprinted 2 headed quarter12/10/2008
  Q: I got a 2 headed quarter out of a vending machine. I thought it was interesting. The most ...
  A: we have seen lots of "two headed" quarters come in the shop. So far all have been man made after ...
1984 Penny Lincoln12/9/2008
  Q: My penny has what appears to be an "0" under Lincoln's ear. Can you tell me if this is a mint ...
  A: It is possible you have a 1984 "Double Ear" Lincoln Cent, but without seeing the coin in person it ...
coin12/9/2008
  Q: i have a copy of a 1854 kellogg & co. gold coin,is it worth anything?
  A: I picked up your question via the question pool, so sorry for the slow response. Your copy (or ...
odd currency12/8/2008
  Q: I have two one dollar bills joined along the long edge. They are series 2008, serial #'s D99669123 ...
  A: Its basically a novelty item. If fully attached and undamaged (no folds or dings on the corners) ...
199? DIME WITH COPPER ON EDGE12/8/2008
  Q: The dime I have has copper around the edge. It looks like the edging for a penny. Is this rare? ...
  A: Without seeing the coin it is impossible to give you a perfect answer. Dimes produced from 1965 to ...
Mint sets12/7/2008
  Q: Dan, can I cut up satin mint sets and put the coins in dansco albums?
  A: I picked this question up via the general question pool. Yes, you can cut up mint sets to place ...
Silver color penny12/7/2008
  Q: I got a penny that all silver colored from 2000 stamped with a D. It all silver colored and it's a ...
  A: Many are unaware that the U.S. Mint has not produced a true copper cent since 1982. In fact, 1982 ...
40% silver Kennedy half dollar12/2/2008
  Q: What is the value of the 40% Silver Kennedy half dollars. I believe they are all 1965 to 1969.
  A: The quantity you have will greatly determine the price. And the price will change with silver. ...
current value of my proof set12/1/2008
  Q: I received a proof set of coins for my birthday!, the case is for 4 pieces and i have 3 with ...
  A: Note: Without more information it is difficult to give an exact value. I'd guess that the giant ...

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Please, no error coin questions unless your coin is dated 1955 or before. I can answer questions regarding all U.S. Coins, Gold & Silver bullion, including regular mint and proof issue coins and currency. Since 2009, I have been contributing to the Red Book, "A Guide Book of United States Coins", by R.S. Yeoman along with two other publications. I currently run two coin shops in California.

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My company is an authorized P.C.G.S. and N.G.C. dealer. I am a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association and California State Numismatic Association. We are also an authorized Whites Metal Detector dealership.

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I have a certificate of completion from the American Numismatic Association on how to detect counterfeit U.S. Gold Coins and how to Grade U.S. Coins along with other certifications. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Computer Information Systems.

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I am listed as a contributor to the Red Book, "A Guide Book of United States Coins", the Red Book, by R.S. Yeoman. I have been contributing to the Red Book since 2009. I also contribute to the Blue Book and the new Professional edition Red Book. I have many other awards and honors.

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