US Coins

Inside Coin World: Coin Values Spotlight debuts

The 1878-CC Morgan dollar, including the GSA version, is the subject of the inaugural “Coin Values Spotlight” column now appearing regularly in Coin World’s weekly issues.

Original coin image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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Coin Values Spotlight debuts in Aug. 13 issue

A new regular column in the weekly editions of Coin World, “Coin Values Spotlight,” makes its debut in the Aug. 13 print issue. In each column, one of Coin World’s editors will explore a small sampling of U.S. coins, revealing what makes them interesting and tracking changes in prices over a 10-year period.

In the inaugural column, we explore the 1878-CC Morgan dollar, studying the history of this coin minted in Nevada, and the price differences for a “regular” third-party graded example and one in a General Services Administration holder. The next two columns will explore two other Carson City Mint Morgan dollars. All will be found only in the print and digital editions of Coin World Weekly.

Know what Die Pair 3 looks like

“The Weak D, Die Pair 3 marriage for the 1922-D Lincoln cent, is one of three ‘Weak D’ varieties that have been researched and cataloged,” writes Michael Fahey in “Detecting Counterfeits.” He adds, “Like the other ‘Weak D’ die pairs, this variety is the result of extremely worn dies that were kept in service well past their normal lifetime, most likely due to an austerity program by the Denver Mint.”

Michael provides the diagnostics for the variety and provides a simple tip for distinguishing it from the other two “Weak D” varieties for the coin. Read his column, found only in the print and digital editions of the Aug. 13 issue of Coin World.

Finding 3-cent coins in ‘circulation’?

Bill O'Rourke searches through lots of rolls of U.S. coins on his quest to find interesting errors, varieties, silver-alloy pieces, foreign coins and more. In his latest “Found in Rolls” column, he explains how one recent roll searched by a correspondent yielded two examples of an obsolete denomination from the 19th century.

A collector, “Mark A.,” searched through “a large quantity of hand-wrapped penny rolls that were cashed in by customers at my local bank,” Bill quotes Mark as saying. He found a 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent and, most surprisingly, “two United States 3-cent pieces in the roll — an 1865 and an 1867.” To reade about more reader finds in rolls, read Bill’s column, found exclusively in the print and digital issues of Coin World.

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