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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. 

Lincoln cents are one of the most highly sought after coins from a historical sense. There is much more history behind them than we understand and see.

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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.
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.
One collector’s cull coin may be another’s coin appraisal treasure. For buyers who aren’t turned off by a coin’s less-than-pristine condition, cull coins can represent significant cost savings.
Learn how experts identify high relief coins and ultra high relief coins. Add interest and value to your collection with rare high relief and ultra high relief coins.
Mercury Dimes are rare and collectible coins that have significant historical and precious value to it. Mercury Dimes were minted from 1916-1945 and in a case of mistaken identity, the Mercury Dime became an important coin to American coinage and set the course for other beautiful coins to be designed.
Discover and purchase antique coins through APMEX. Find a wide selection of old coins, rare coins, ancient coins, medieval coins and colonial coins for sale at APMEX.
A numismatist is defined as a person who studies coins, and in many cases, collects coins. Numismatists can extend their study and collection to other forms of currency such as traded and bartered goods, paper currency or jewelry.
How to identify a proof coin, why a coin proof set is more valuable. Add proof coins to your collection through APMEX.
On a rimless design coin, images will bleed off the edge of the coin. For the observer, the effect is like that of looking through binoculars. The viewer is peeking-in on a scene that seems to exist independent of the coin.
When you buy a bag of coins, there is a chance that you are buying a coin that has bag damage. Some bag damage is not severe, but it could be the difference in a lower grade or lower coin value. It’s important to know what to look for so you can make a better decision on how to approach your investment.
You hear of some stories of coins and collectible coins that are auctioned off for millions of dollars, while others do not reach that milestone. There are some criteria that rare coins have that warrant a million dollar plus auction. Numismatists look at factors such as history and rarity.
Currency is a collectible item, much like bullion. There is a long and varied history of rare currency that is valuable to any numismatist and those that are beginning to start collecting. It is a worthwhile experience that has tremendous benefits.
The 1794 Silver Dollar fetched millions of dollars at auction. While some coins offer rare and historical value, what are the determining factors that make that coin so valuable? This rare coin was among the batch of original coins that sparked the idea for the dollar and holds a place in U.S. commerce.
U.S. coin values will vary with a number of conditions including year, condition and mintage. There are also professionally graded coins that will add diversity to your collection. There is a large variety of coins and collectible coins whose value will rise every year.
Dependent on the year it was minted, the V Nickel is relatively scarce. The Liberty Head Nickel, also called the V Nickel, takes its nickname from the coin’s reverse design showing a large Roman numeral indicating its face value.
Gold doubloons are often associated with sunken pirate ships or booty found hidden in caves and caverns. The word originated from the Spanish word for “double.”
The Gold Buffalo coin is one of the most popular and successful coins ever made by the U.S. mint. The coin faces are embellished with beautiful artwork that proudly represents the Native spirit of America.

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