US Token Coins

Posted by Tom Deaux on Jul 21st 2020

BackgroundThis discussion is limited to US Tokens that are interesting to coin collectors. The earliest US Tokens were made in the late 1700’s, mainly manufactured by merchants and for merchants. To … read more

Reverse Proofs

Posted by Tom Deaux on Jun 4th 2020

Fundamentals: Fields, Devices, RimsFields are the open spaces on the coin, analogous to the canvas on a painting.Devices are design elements that are placed on the fields, for example the bust, and … read more

2009 Anniversary Cents

Posted by Tom Deaux on Apr 12th 2020

Background2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abe Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 1809, and the 100th anniversary of the first Lincoln Cent, which was made in 1909. There are four types of the 2009 Lin … read more

The 1837 Feuchtwanger Cent

Posted by Tom Deaux on Apr 1st 2020

Lewis FeuchtwangerThe designer of the Feuchtwanger Cent, Lewis Feuchtwanger, received his PhD in Germany in 1827. He emigrated to New York City in 1829 and lived there until his death in 1876. He be … read more

​The Two Cent Piece

Posted by Tom Deaux on Mar 29th 2020

Background The US Mint began producing the Silver Three Cent piece in 1851. It’s a very small coin, smaller than a modern dime and quite thin. Here’s a well-worn example with a proportionally s … read more