One Dollar Gold Coins

Posted by Tom Deaux on Jun 4th 2021

BackgroundPrior to the opening of the US Mint in 1792, the US used foreign gold coins for conducting commerce. This included gold coins from China and Europe.The US Coinage Act was passed in 1792 to … read more

1955-S Lincoln Wheat Cent

Posted by Tom Deaux on Mar 10th 2021

BackgroundProduction of Lincoln Wheat Cents started in 1909 in Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 1911 the Denver Mint began minting Wheat Cents also.All 3 mints manufactured wheat cents year after … read more

Trade Tokens

Posted by Tom Deaux on Feb 19th 2021

BackgroundTrade Tokens were made starting around 1817. The tokens were made as a substitute for real coins, which were in short supply. An added benefit was the advertising platform provided.A few c … read more

Indian Head Cents

Posted by Tom Deaux on Feb 11th 2021

BackgroundThe US Mint ended production of Large Cents in 1857. The new Flying Eagle small cent was made in 1856, but in Proofs versions only. Business Strike Flying Eagles began production in 1857 a … read more

Introduction to Half Cents

Posted by Tom Deaux on Feb 2nd 2021

BackgroundThe US Mint started production of Large Cents in early 1793. They started production of Half Cents in July of that year. There are 4 Varieties of Half Cents spanning 1793 to 185 … read more