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1943 and 1944 Lincoln Cents - Worth $100,000?
We have received a large number of phone calls recently concerning 1943 and 1944 Lincoln Cents with callers assuming (incorrectly) they are sitting on $100,000s.In 1943, there was a shorta...VAMs - New VAM Webpage at GC...
We just added a special page that displays all of our current VAM listings, either for auction or buy now. This is a useful page to bookmark if you specialize in VAMs.The Gold First Spouse Series
We are regularly asked for a complete listing of the Gold Spouse series and associated mintages. Over the past six months, it has turned into one of the most popular categories at G...Want to see some coin rarities?
Since we launched our firm, we have sold some amazing coins. But don't take my word for it, check out our Hall of Fame for the highest priced coins we've sold since April, 2011....Coins Reviewed by CAC
CAC only reviews certain denominations. Below is a listing of all coins currently reviewed by CAC. Please note: CAC does not review any modern or bullion coinage. ...The Wells Fargo Hoard of 1908 Saint-Gaudens
In the early 1990s, nearly 10,000 high-quality 1908 No Motto Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces came onto the market and were called the Wells Fargo Hoard. They were untouched since 1917 and were originall...Doily PCGS Holders
The Doily holder is one of the most coveted holder/label types of certified coins. It was produced by PCGS for a short time from August 1989 through January 1990. Only a few of t...What are VAM numbers on Silver Dollars?
A VAM Number is a number which has been assigned to a Peace or Morgan Dollar die variety by the authors of the ultimate reference book called The Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan and P...Birth Set Coins from the U.S. Mint
You will start to see listings noting "Birth Set". This means the coin originated in the annual Birth Set issued by the U.S. Mint, first issued in 2012.2012 Birth Sets went on s...2008-W Reverse of 2007 Silver Eagles
The 2008-W Burnished Silver Eagle comes with two distinct different versions of the reverse. The normal 2008-W, is the newer style with a fancier "U" with a serif underneath the right of th...The GSA Hoard of Carson City Dollars
Up until the mid 1960s, CC dollars were relatively scarce in high grade. That was until the GSA Hoard was discovered and subsequently sold off to collectors and dealers. The GSA ...Coin Grading - The 1-70 Point Sheldon Coin Grading Scale...
As you will see on our websites, coins are graded by the three leading third-party grading services: PCGS, NGC and ANACS. Each service will grade a coin between 1 and 70, which is based on ...Positions A and B on Presidential and Sacagawea Dollars...
The major grading services recognize the up or down orientation of the edge lettering on Presidential Dollars and Sacagawea Dollars, as follows:POSITION A - Edge lettering reads upside-dow...The difference between 2011-(S) and 2011-S Silver Eagles...
Early in 2011, the U.S. Mint announced they would start to mint the bullion 2011 Silver Eagle at the San Francisco Mint, since they could not longer produce the quantity needed at the West Point ...Satin Finish, Burnished Coins and Specimen Grades...
At times, the U.S. Mint has produced and sold "Satin Finish" coins that are different to the normal circulated examples. The main difference is the finish applied after the coins are struck...What are KM coin numbers?
KM coin numbers refer to the numbering system used by the Standard Catalog of World Coins, originally written by Krause and Mishler.The catalogs are still published today, with each volume...British Crowns Stamped with Roman Numerals
During 1893 and 1900, Great Britain released a Veiled Head Crown (which is sometimes referred to as the Old or Widowed head design).The edges of the Veiled Head crowns are stamped with the...What is AGW? (Actual Gold Weight)...
We have started to add the AGW or Actual Gold Weight to titles of world gold coins.AGW of a bullion coin or bar is the amount of fine, pure, or intrinsic gold content in troy ounces. ...The Redfield Collection / Hoard of Silver Dollars...
We are often asked about the some of the more famous collections and hoards that have come out over the years. Nowadays they are few and far between, although back in the 1950s, 1960s, and ...Copper Coins - Red, Red-Brown and Brown Designations...
When grading copper coins, the grading services assign a color designation based on how red the coin is. A red copper coin equates to originality, as this is how the coins appeared when the...ATB – America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver Coins
In late 2010, the U.S. Mint announced the release of a 5 oz. version of the America the Beautiful series, which were “bullion” issues to be sold through their network of Authorized Purchasers. &n...PL and DMPL/DPL Morgan Dollars and Other Issues
You will see throughout our auctions that certain Morgan Dollars will have the grade MS-64 PL or MS-66 DMPL. The PL designation is used by all grading services to denote the coin has Proof-...DCAM vs. UC/Ultra Cam
For most proof issues, coins exist with varying degrees of reflective surfaces, which coin experts call a “cameo” effect. PCGS, NGC and ANACS will assign a grade to proof coins, but also a ...2011 San Francisco Silver Eagles
Due to the increased demand in Silver Eagles, the U.S. Mint will produce 2011 coins at both West Point as well as San Francisco. At this stage, about 10% of the production will be at San Fr...PCGS Genuine Certified Coins
PCGS authenticates and slabs problem coins in “Genuine” holders. When PCGS first started encapsulating "details" graded coins, they did not assign any grade. After the first year...
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