The Seated Liberty 20-cent coin seems to be an orphan denomination — something that should have been popular in a decimal system — were it not for the old Spanish dollar, or peso, being worth 8 reales and cut up and used for commerce in the American Colonies. Instead of “double dimes” or 20-cent coins, we ended up with the 25-cent “two-bit” coin being dubbed the...
The Seated Liberty half dollar has a clean design with relatively few devices. The planchet is large, and there are ample fields on the Lady Liberty obverse and Small Eagle reverse. Within that simple design, however, are six major subtypes based on variations in devices: No Drapery (1839), No Motto (1839 to 1866), Arrows and Rays (1853), No Motto with Arrows at Date...
So much of what hobbyists do now is digital, from buying or selling on eBay to viewing photos of slabbed coins in digital albums. I’ve read Coin World since its inception in 1960 when I was 8 years old and nagging my father to bring home rolls of cents from our local bank whenever he cashed a check. I still have my penny board.
As a matter of historical record, home hobbyists may collect paper currency from both the Union and Confederate States of America.
Every collector should know the fundamentals of rainbow toning and how to distinguish that from artificial patinas.
At one time I collected U.S. Proof sets because their mirrored fields and cameoed devices were so alluring.
Morgan dollar enthusiasts typically pay hundreds of dollars over retail for a common Mint State 64 coin when it displays “monster toning” .
Depending on how newly struck medals are stored, they could take years to develop patina naturally. Patina gives definition to medals.
To collector Gary Marks home is more than his castle: It is his country. He designed a medal to honor his wife, the Grand Duchess of Marksova.