Rich Uhrich is a coin dealer from Hershey, Pa., who specializes in Bust and Seated Liberty silver rare U.S. coins.
Here’s a look back at numismatics in 2014:
➤ BEST FIND #1 — A family in the United Kingdom discovered a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar in a longtime family collection. It grades Professional Coin Grading Service About Uncirculated 50.
➤ BEST FIND #2 — A new 1817/4 Capped Bust half dollar was discovered, but the longtime owner had tried to scratch away the “4” part of the underdate. PCGS calls it Very Fine Details, Damaged.
➤ BEST FIND #3 — A 1788 Vermont copper was started on eBay at 99 cents. It ended at $29,900. The coin was a Rarity 7 piece with only six examples known.
➤ BEST FIND #4 — A collector found a 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent in a roll. It graded PCGS AU-55 and sold for $19,800 in auction.
➤ BEST FIND #5 — Stack’s Bowers Galleries acquired a hoard of over 1 million coins, including bags of large cents through silver dollars. The coins weighed 30 tons.
➤ BEST FIND #6 — 1793 Flowing Hair, Chain cent found in a bag of coins purchased in the United Kingdom for $17 was sold for $41,500.
➤ GOLD FLAT, SILVER DOWN AGAIN — Gold closed at $1,183.50 (down 2 percent) and silver closed at $15.72 (down nearly 20 percent).
➤ SELLING MORE AND MORE — U.S. Mint has record sales of silver American Eagles.
➤ BIGGEST FIASCO — The distribution of the gold Kennedy half dollars at the American Numismatic Association’s annual convention.