Numismatics

Every coin that has ever been minted has a unique history. Numismatics is a growing field, attracting both history lovers and coin collectors alike, to highlight the historical value, rarity and unique mintages to the coins we collect. 

Error Coins are coins that have man-made or mechanical errors. The errors occur either on the planchet, the dies or in striking.
Learn the history and mintage of this fascinating half cent piece from the end of the 18th century.
The Morgan Silver Dollar is one of the most popular and well known Silver coins in the world. How did it get started?

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One of the most stunning shipwrecks of all time sank 30,000 lbs of Gold – worth $816 million today – and 425 lives.
Learn the history behind one of the most beautiful notes ever designed in U.S. history.
Very few of these notes survived the US Government’s burn order, but it’s the story and the history that makes these notes worth collecting.
Nothing is more Roman than the Colosseum. Of course coins were minted to celebrate it!
The Persian Empire was one of the largest empires in human history. So why is it so hard to find their coins?
Have you ever wondered how currency is graded and what the grades for currency are? In this article, we’ll break down the PCGS and NGC grades for paper money.
Numismatics helps us highlight the historical value and scientific approach to the coins we collect. This article focuses on the extended knowledge of numismatics, highlighting historic coins and their significance, general bullion terminology and much more.
U.S. Mint Director Robert Patterson hired John Reich, a German immigrant, in March of 1807. Reich had been seeking employment at the Mint since 1801, having arrived in Philadelphia just a year earlier. Reich worked as an Assistant to Chief Engraver Robert Scot. He designed the “Capped Bust” coinage, first appearing on Half Dollars in 1807 and later on the Dime in 1809.
There was a 23-year hiatus between the last Draped Bust Half Dime in 1805 and the first new Capped Bust Half Dime in 1829. The coins were designed by the Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, William Kneass.
In 1800, John Reich came to America and applied for a job at the U.S. Mint. After being recommended for employment by President Jefferson in 1801, he was hired. For several years, he did small re-engravings or other minor work. In 1807 he was given the task of creating completely new designs. He designed the “Capped Bust” coinage, first appearing on Half Dollars in 1807 and later on the Dime in 1809.
No Draped Bust Half Dollars were struck between the last year of the small eagle design, 1797 and 1800. In 1801, another redesign effort took place. Robert Scot was asked to redesign this coin again, for the third time in less than ten years.
The first dimes struck by the United States Mint were Draped Bust Dimes. There are two varieties – the small eagle reverse, which was minted in 1796 and 1797, and the Heraldic Eagle reverse, which was minted in 1798 through 1807. Designed by Robert Scot, the small eagle design was generally disliked.
To redesign the Draped Bust Half Dime, Robert Scot and John Eckstein took the sketches of Stuart’s and, using Mrs. Bingham as the model for Miss Liberty, created a different design. Miss Liberty faced right and had the date below, the motto “LIBERTY” above and 7 stars to the right and 8 stars to the left. The reverse was essentially unchanged from the flowing hairstyle, with an American eagle holding an olive wreath with “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” around it.
A World War was raging in Europe, which began in 1914. The US entered World War I in 1917 and our entry sped up the demise of Germany and its allies.
Greek Athenian Owls were extremely important – not in daily commerce, but in doing the most important financial transactions of the day. They financed wars, paid for armies, and paid for the building of major Ancient World buildings and projects – such as the Parthenon in Greece.
The three cent pieces may not have been as popular as other coins, but they do maintain a large amount of value that any collector will enjoy. There is a sense of history and value in these three cent pieces. The United States Mint produced the 3-Cent Silver piece from 1851 to 1873 in very limited quantities.
Issued in 1864, the Two Cent Piece has the distinction of being the first coin to bear the inscription “In God We Trust.”
The 1866 Shield Nickel was the first of its kind, which provides tremendous value to customers of all levels.
Just about everyone has some old coins lying around that may have some value. How do you find out what they’re worth?
Discover the beauty and distinction of rare burnished Silver, Gold and Platinum coins through APMEX. What is a burnished coin and why you should add them to your collection.
When buying coins, you often see graded coins attached to some mint packaging. When you understand the grading scale, you can better implement your investment or collecting strategy. A Mint State coin has value and seeing how the numbers work you can see what you are working with.

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What is Bullion?

Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Palladium all come in various forms and sizes to create a variety of options for investors and collectors.  

What is an Eagle?

Since the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle program began in 1986, Gold and Silver Eagles have remained a popular choice among both investors and collectors