Great American Coin Co Blog
July 25, 2018

Sets vs Singles The Mint began selling uncirculated gold and silver American Eagle coins in 2006 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle bullion coin program. Since then individual uncirculated one ounce Gold Eagles have usually been offered with no production or ordering limits. W...

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September 03, 2018

When crews started gutting the Cressoni Theater, a 19thcentury opera house in Como, Italy, they knew the building had a basement. But when they began clearing 150 years’ worth of accumulated items out, they noticed an old, cracked soapstone amphora partially sunken into the dirt floor.It was barely ...

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August 31, 2018

The quarter dollar is one of the coins authorized by the original Coinage Act of 1792. Actual production of coins didn’t begin until 1793 when the new US Mint was opened in Philadelphia, the nation’s capital at the time.The first coins minted were copper cents, followed by silver and gold coins. The...

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August 29, 2018

What is a Reverse Proof Coin?Proof coins are specially crafted coins of pristine quality made specifically for collectors. Great care is taken in their production and handling to make sure details are crisp and surfaces are flawless. They’re then handled with extreme delicacy and packaged in special...

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August 27, 2018

2018 San Francisco Reverse Proof Set2018 is the 50th anniversary of proof coin production at the San Francisco Mint. (The Mint itself opened 164 years ago, in 1854, but any excuse for a party, huh?) To commemorate the occasion the Mint has released a special proof set with a reverse finish.Why Rever...

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August 23, 2018

Medals have been produced during the terms of US presidents since George Washington took the oath of office in 1789. Some were made to commemorate inaugurations and others, known as Peace Medals were produced to be given as tokens of friendship to native tribes and foreign governments.Private groups...

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August 20, 2018

When the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) broke out, a group of Mormons took the opportunity to form a battalion that would be sent west to lands they hoped to settle after the war. After a grueling 1,900-mile march from Ft. Leavenworth through present-day Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona, the battal...

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August 17, 2018

From the start, Wesley Weber’s goal was to live the good life—fast cars, beautiful women, lavish parties. But that took money, lots of it.He tried financing his dreams with a series of petty thefts, growing marijuana, and forgery until he was busted in 1997 and spent three months in jail. Two years ...

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August 13, 2018

Proof, Uncirculated, and Business Strike Coins DemystifiedIf you’re new to coin collecting, you may come across terms that leave you scratching your head. It’s important to know the jargon so you know what you’re buying, so here’s a look at the most common varieties of coins.Business StrikesBusiness...

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