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Collecting Half Dimes: Q. David Bowers on an Interesting and Varied Series

July 29, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dimes, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Q. David Bowers (Coin Update News)


Of the various denominations of silver coins, half dimes are among the smallest series in terms of different dates; they are also the most varied. Over the years, several numismatists have fallen in love with these coins, beginning with Harold P. Newlin, who in 1883 wrote a monograph on the series, complete with a good deal of sentiment—especially toward the rare 1802, obviously his pet silver coin of all time.

The first coinage of this denomination was the 1792 half disme, a “story coin” if there ever was one (this was another Newlin favorite in his 1883 text), followed by the Full article at the source>

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Five Coins Which Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

May 26, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dollar Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Half Dollars, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Quarters, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Prior to the actual sale, I wondered if it were possible for a sale with only 128 lots to have coins actually fly under the radar at the recent Pogue I sale, held in New York on May 19th. With the benefit of a week’s worth of hindsight, I’d say that the answer is yes.

Before I begin, I need to insert the following caveat. With an average lot value exceeding $150,000 the term “selling cheaply” is used with an epic grain of salt. The point I am trying to make in this blog is that at least half the coins… Full article at the source>

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