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Notorious Counterfeiters-Part 4

2018-02-19 17:00:51

The Postwar Years. The years after World War II saw a revival of small-time counterfeiters, most of whom have passed into obscurity. But three men became famous, one for his lack of greed, one for his mastery of counterfeiting, and one for the heinous acts that accompanied his counterfeiting.

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Obsolete US Coins: The Half Dime-1792-1873

2018-01-27 04:55:00

Wait! you say. Half a dime is 5¢ and that’s a nickel, isn’t it? Well, that wasn’t always the case.

When the US Mint opened in 1792, the coins it was tasked with producing included several that are no longer in circulation, one of which was a small, thin five-cent silver coin called the half dime. It was the smallest silver coin ever minted in the US, both in denomination and size.

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What is My Old Dime Worth? Part 2: Capped Bust Dimes – 1809-1837

2018-01-27 04:52:31

After a relatively short run of eight years, in 1809 the Draped Liberty dime gave way to a new design known as the Capped Bust dime. It featured a bust of Lady Liberty wearing a cloth Phrygian cap on its face and an eagle with an outstretched head clasping arrows and an olive branch on its reverse. Liberty’s cap in held in place by a ribbon inscribed “Liberty” and her hair flows from under the cap to her draped shoulders. Designed by Mint Assistant Engraver John Reich, the theme is similar to half dollars designed by him in 1807.

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The History of the Lincoln Penny – Part 3: The Modern Cent

2018-01-24 06:27:40

The ubiquitous Lincoln one-cent coin holds the record as the longest-running coin design in history. First released in 1909, it has been in continuous production for over 100 years with over 500 billion coins made In this, the third of three parts, we look at the coin’s journey through the postwar era up until today.

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