Who was Benedetto Pistrucci? - Benedetto Pistrucci (1783-1855) was an Italian engraver and medallist who is probably most widely known amongst numismatists as the designer of the famous George and the Dragon image shown on the gold sovereign reverse.
A Basic Introduction to Coin Grading - Coin Grading is determining the condition of a coin. Condition is everything when two like coins compete for best price. Would you buy the MS 63 Penny or the VF Penny?
American Silver Eagle Coins – How They Are Made - The finished American Silver Eagle coin is a masterpiece of art and science - the product of a fascinating series of human and modern technological processes. Here is the story in brief.
Fake Coins are a Growing Concern - 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.
The Sheldon Rarity Scale and other ways to define rarity in coins - 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.
Grading Uncirculated Coins - Just because a coin is uncirculated doesn't mean that the coin is perfect. Uncirculated coins can have a number of blemishes, scratches, dents and even flaws. Grading Uncirculated coins properly will enhance the value of the collection.
History of the Carson City Mint USA - History of the Carson City Mint, USA. The mint ran from 1870-1885 and 1889-1893, and being the shortest lived mint, produced very few coins and many rarities with the mint mark CC.
Discovering Silver Dollar Mint Error Coins - Discovering mint errors can be a rewarding endeavour. Mint errors add to the rarity of a silver dollar coin and help your understanding of the minting process in general.
The Saddle Ridge Hoard and the California Gold Rush - In 2013, a couple who lived in California was walking their dog on a trail within their property limits until the husband spotted a rusted metal can sticking out of the ground. He dug the can out of the ground. When he lifted it, he found out it was extremely heavy.
9 Key Reasons to Buy “Slabbed” Coins - Coins can be good investments, especially if you purchase "slabbed coins." "Slabs" give you peace of mind that their condition is graded and they are not counterfeited coins. Plus, owning "slabs" leads to less hassle and more money if you are selling your collection.