Coin History – The Denver Mint

Denver Mint

For the past one hundred and sixteen years, the United States Mint has struck coins at its Denver, Colorado facility. While the Mint has had a Denver location since 1863 – 159 years – the location started off small and essentially a depot for gold found by minders during the Colorado Gold Rush. But all that changed on February 1, 1906 and now the location is the largest producer of coins in the world, not …

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Coin History – The Flying Eagle Cent

1958 Flying Eagle Cent Obverse (Image Courtesy of NGC)

Throughout the course of history of circulating coinage in the United States, few have had a quicker demise than that of the Flying Eagle Cent. The coin, fraught with die issues, lasted only two years. Those 1857 and 1858 coins, while short lived, from a numismatic perspective, are important. The importance is not just the limited production and short life. This coin, arguably, turned many onto the idea of coin collecting in the late 19th …

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Coin History – The Kennedy Half Dollar

1964 Kennedy Half Dollar Obverse (Image Courtesy of NGC)

It is possible, although not certain, that if President John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, we could still be carrying Franklin Half Dollars in our pockets. The events of that November day changed the United States – and arguably the world – and that included the half dollar coin. As I shared in the Coin History article on the Franklin Half Dollar, the assassination of Kennedy brought …

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Coin History – The Sacagawea & Native American Dollar

2000-S Sacagawea Dollar Proof

Over the course of the last fifty years, the United States Treasury and United States Mint have tried multiple dollar coin designs to try to gain acceptance of the denomination by the public. The bad news is that all of those attempts have, to be put kindly, fallen flat. But there is a good news side of the story for us Numismatists: There are a plethora of great coin designs available over those fifty years. …

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Coin History – Franklin Half Dollar

1962 Franklin Half Dollar Obverse (Image Courtesy of NGC)

Throughout the history of coinage here in the United States, there are a few that are seemingly universally loved. The Saint Gaudens Double Eagle, the Morgan Dollar, and Indian Head “Buffalo” Nickel all come to mind. For many collectors, the Franklin Half Dollar is also on that list. Minted from 1948 to 1963, it is one of the shorter lived coins in our history but one of the be most beloved. In fact, it is …

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