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By Fake coins, I actually mean Counterfeit, which are coins sold to deceive us into thinking the coin is real. They are also called replicas, copies, imitations and other words to try to get us to gloss over the fact that the coin is not actually genuine.
Worthing & District Numismatic Society are once again holding a coin fair on Sunday 20th May 2018
American Coinage began soon after the Declaration of Independence. Up until then European coins were being used and one ounce of silver was considered to be one dollar.
We handle coins on virtually a daily basis. We talk about their worth, and collectors like us discuss their designs in great detail. But unless the coin is some precious metal we rarely investigate what metals make up the coin and why they were used. So I thought I would.
Hobo Nickels are small pieces of art (sculptures) made from carving (traditionally) Buffalo Nickel coins. The term is actually generic and applies to any coin that is carved to produce a new image. The technique has been used over the centuries with many different coins.
The Krugerrand is by far the most famous ounce gold coin. The first Krugerrand was minted in 1967 and since then the South African coin has remained a favorite choice for investors.
Farran Zerbe was the coin collector who founded the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum in New York City with his own superb coin collection. He campaigned for a new silver dollar coin intended for circulation. Finally, on May 9th, 1921 a joint resolution by the House and Senate brought the Peace Dollar into existence.
I've counted 13 scales proposed for defining rarity in coins. Only a few are well accepted and none are as universally accepted as the Sheldon scale for grading coins. Perhaps the most common rarity scale is also an adaptation of Sheldon's scale.
India won its independence from the British rule on 15th August 1947. The coins that were issued after independence are known as Republic India Coins. However, until the year 1950 India retained the monetary system of using British coins. India issued its first minted coin on August 15, 1950
Australian coins are very rich in history and diversity. Though Australia has only been a formal nation for slightly over a hundred years, its coinage makes up for this. The Royal Australian Mint has produced some of the most beautiful designs with rarities that surpass many others the world over.