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Barber Dime

1892–1916 The Barber dime was designed by Charles E. Barber and first minted in 1892. Barber was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint at that time. The Barber dime was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper and used the same design as the half dollar and quarter dollar. The Barber dime displays Lady Liberty on the obverse with a Phrygian cap encircled with a laurel wreath and a ribbon. The inscription on the headband reads “LIBERTY”. The reverse was a very simple design consisting of a wreath around the words “One Dime”. Mint marks, if present, appear at the bottom below the ribbon that ties the wreath. Barber Dime Obverse The rarest Barber dime is the 1894-S. Only 24 of these coins were minted and of those only 9 are currently known to still exist. In 2007 an 1894-S Barber...

Winged Liberty or Mercury Dime

1916 – 1945 The Winged Liberty dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and first minted in 1916. This U.S. coin was minted of 90% silver and 10% copper. The Winged Liberty Dime is commonly known as the Mercury Dime. It is assumed that the obverse of the coin depicts the Roman god Mercury but it is actually Lady Liberty with wings on. Behind Lady Liberty’s neck is a “W” for the designer Adolph A. Weinman. Common date “Mercury” dimes in average circulated grades can often be obtained very near to the spot value of their silver content. In fact the Winged Liberty and the Roosevelt dimes are among the best forms of silver that you can get. They are recognized and trusted for their silver content all around the world. Winged Liberty "Mercury" Dime Obverse As...

Silver Spot Value Up Over 200%

Last summer the spot price of silver was floating around $17.00 to $18.00 per ounce. I knew without doubt that silver was headed for a dramatic rise and so I tried to encourage people to invest in it if they were able. Now I think that there may be some folks out there who are regretting that they didn’t take advantage of this opportunity. Today, less than a year later, silver is about $38.00 which is about a 210% increase! Will silver continue to go up? I believe that it will. My own opinion is that silver will pass the $100 per ounce mark in the near future. When? I can only guess but I believe it will be sooner rather than later and would not be surprised to see it within a year. You hear a lot about gold, especially if you watch television news. But could gold give you a 210% increase?...

Save Those Copper Pennies

We have all heard, “A penny saved is a penny earned,” but did you know that it has never held more truth than it does today? Right now there is a real opportunity to invest in your future just by keeping an eye on your pocket change for copper pennies. While these coins are getting less common in pocket change every day they are still common enough to be found by anyone who keeps an eye out. If you see a US cent with a date earlier than 1982 you are looking at a coin that is worth more than double the face value in copper alone! 1981 Cent 2.95g Copper At the time of this writing copper is around $4.00 to $4.25 per pound. It takes around 155 pennies (depending upon the level of wear) to equal 1 pound of copper. This means that at $4.00 per pound 1 penny holds 2.5 cents of copper. I...

Collecting British Silver Coins

Collecting old British silver coins can be a great start to any coin collection. These coins are great in many ways – You can learn their history, the coins are collectible and you are also building up a stash of silver. Coin collecting is also an extremely enjoyable hobby that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Of course it stands to reason that the older the coins the more expensive they are going to be to collect. However this hobby is to be enjoyed by everyone and can be done “on the cheap”. If you mainly concentrate on silver coins/shillings from the 1900’s you will easily build your collection. Don’t forget that other people are also into this hobby as well and so as you upgrade your collection you can sell off your surplus coins and make some extra money to put towards...

US Commemorative Coins 2009 – 2010

2009 Two commemorative coins were issued for 2009, honoring two very important men; Abraham Lincoln and Louis Braille. Lincoln, as our sixteenth President, led the country during one of its darkest periods, the War Between the States. Louis Braille, a man from France who developed the Braille method of reading and writing for the visually impaired. Abraham Lincoln is honored with a commemorative silver dollar coin. The coin is made up of 90% silver, balanced by copper. The obverse has an engraving of President Lincoln, rendering him as if he were deep in thought. The reverse has an excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. (500,000 minted) Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar The 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille is marked by a silver dollar coin that has readable...

St. Gaudens Double Eagle

1907 – 1933 The St. Gaudens Double Eagle was minted from 1907 to 1933 (During the years 1917 through 1919 no Double Eagles were minted). These massive $20 face value gold coins contain slightly more than 30 grams of gold. But its more than the gold content in these beauties that determine their value. Each one is a peice of history with some dates being more hard to find than others. Augustus St. Gaudens came up with a classic design when he was given the task of designing the Gold Double Eagle. Even today the St. Gaudens design is widely recognized and is in fact being used on the American Gold and Silver Eagles. Sadly this designer died shortly after he completed the Double Eagle and the Indian Eagle. St. Gaudens Double Eagle Some 1907 and 1908 dated Double Eagles were produced without...