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Franklin Half Dollar

Overview The Franklin Half Dollar is one of the last silver coins in America whose entire series was produced with 90% silver. This piece replaced the Walking Liberty Half Dollar which had been in circulation since 1916. Obverse: Benjamin Franklin Reverse: Liberty Bell with small Eagle Years: 1948-1963 Mints: D, S and P Edges: Reeded Designer: John     [read more…]

Three Dollar

Overview The $3 Dollar Gold piece is the member of a class of unusual denomination pieces who had low mintage numbers and circulated sparsely. The obverse and reverse designs for this coin are identical to the Type 3 Gold $1 piece which was minted during the same time period between 1856 and 1889. Obverse: Lady     [read more…]

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Overview The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is one of the most popular half dollars in American history. This piece was minted from 1916-1947 and replaced the Barber Half Dollar which had been in circulation since 1892. Obverse: Lady Liberty walking with United States flag over shoulder and holding branches Reverse: Eagle perched on mountain top     [read more…]

Trade Dollar

Overview Unlike other U.S. coins, the Trade Dollar was produced with the plan of it being circulated in foreign countries. This is the only $1 coin that was ever minted with that intention and the minting of this piece came about in the same legislation that ended the production of the Seated Liberty Dollar.   Obverse:     [read more…]

$5 Indian Head

Overview The $5 Indian Head “Eagle” is the last coin of this denomination ever minted by the U.S. This piece is 1 of 4 pieces in the “Indian Head” series along with the $2.5 and $10 Indian Heads and $20 Saint-Gaudens. Obverse: Native American man in headdress Reverse: Standing eagle on branch Years: 1907-1916 &     [read more…]

$10 Indian Head

Overview The $10 Indian Head “Eagle” is the last coin of this denomination ever minted by the U.S. This piece is 1 of 4 pieces in the “Indian Head” series along with the $2.5 and $5 Indian Heads and $20 Saint-Gaudens. Obverse: Lady Liberty in headdress Reverse: Standing eagle on branch Years: 1907-1916, 1920, 1926,     [read more…]

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was one of the most well known American sculptors in his day and as all great collectors know, designed the beloved $20 Saint-Gaudens. His work during the American Renaissance (American nationalism time period from 1876-1917) was widely acclaimed and admired. Born: March 1, 1848 – Dublin, Ireland Died: August 3, 1907 – Cornish,     [read more…]