Mark Twain coin has big first day, Bowers explains state of coin grading: Week's Most Read

Coin World looks back at the five most popular stories from the last week
By , Coin World
Published : 02/12/16
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It’s time to catch up on the week that was in numismatic insights and news.

Coin World is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Researcher seeks evidence of third 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollar reverse: Greg Johnson states he has never seen an example of the Open 3 quarter dollar with a reverse that features a Double S Mint mark, the first punch too low, then corrected.

4. Three ways to overpay for coins: Senior Editor Jeff Starck explains three ways a coin collector can really mess up when it comes to buying world coins. 

3. Rarely seen in circulation: Monday Morning Brief, Feb. 8: When was the last time you received a $2 Federal Reserve note in circulation? How about a Kennedy half dollar? Or a Presidential or Native American dollar?

2. Current state of certified grading of coins: Q. David Bowers: "Very few people go beyond what is printed on a slab," Bowers writes. "They don’t care if it matches traditional standards or, for that matter, if it is as ugly as a toad."

1. 2016 Mark Twain silver dollar opening sales higher than two 2015 releases: The first day of sales Feb. 1 by the U.S. Mint registered total sales of 33,500 coins, which was a higher percentage of the available mintage than opening days for last year's U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary and March of Dimes silver dollars.

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