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1896 Indian Head variety found, Special Silver Set unavailable

The 1896 Indian Head, Flying 9 cent is considered to be in About Uncirculated condition, but exhibits a scratch through the last four feathers in the Indian's headdress to the second A in AMERICA.

Images courtesy of Eagle Eye Rare Coins.

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, according to reader metrics.

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

5. How one group is putting $100,000 in dollar and half dollar coins into circulation: A thread on the Coin Community Family forum earlier this week titled, “Project $100K. Circulating Dollar and Half Dollar Coins."

4. Finding a Kennedy half dollar in circulation: Until recently, Senior Editor Paul Gilkes hadn’t seen a Kennedy half dollar in circulation or received one in change for years.

3. ‘Rarest silver coin of German Empire’ offered in Künker sale: In 1917, the German State of Saxony issued a Proof silver 3-mark coin celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Reformation.

2. 2015 Special Silver Set 'Currently Unavailable' from United States Mint: Through June 7, the Mint received orders totaling 74,913 of the maximum product limit of 75,000. 

1. Collector discovers new variety for 1896 Indian Head cents: Some have dubbed it the "Flying 9" variety because of the horn-shaped raised metal protruding from the top right of the 9 in the date.

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, June 5, and 9:30 a.m. ET Friday, June 12.


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