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1971 white penny weighs 3.23 grams 
Today I found a penny. It is white but doesn't appear to be silver and it weighs 3.23 grams. I would like to know if it is an error coin and if it has …

1945 Penny with Buffalo Nickel backing 
My grandfather left this coin to me, but do not know much about it. Can you help?

Finding Error Coin Values 
Question: I have a coin that I believe is an error coin? How do I go about finding out if it is an error coin, and if so what it is worth? My Answer: …

Small 'w' on Reverse of Walking Liberty Half Dollar 
Question: On the reverse side of a 1943 walking liberty 1/2 dollar, there is a 'w' to the right of the HALF DOLLAR and just under the tip of 1 feather. …

just wanted to know about a coin i found... 
Question: I found a Deutsches Reich 1905 10 pfennig mint mark A,and just wanted to know if anyone knows anything about them as i cant seem to find anything …

is it good to save for axample, a penny for every year, or just a sample. 
Question: I have pennies, shillings etc for lots of years, but a lot are the same except for the date. Is it right to save them all in albums as i am? …

One-Sided Coin 
Question: Okay so I have a nickel that has the tails side but not the head. It literally looks like only one side was minted and the other is flat. The …

How many 1982 d small date pennies were minted? 
Question: I would like to know how many 1982 d small date us cents were minted. My Answer: Nick, as far as I know, the Mint has never released the …

Large Cents Question 
Question: I am a new collector and may have been possibly taken in by fake coins. I bought one lot of 5 "large cents" on e-bay. Two of them I have suspicions …

Rare Nickel 
Question: I have a 2005 nickel, the face of the president is not centered, could this be a rare nickel? thanks My Answer: Saundra, the nickel you …

1964 yellow penny 
Question: I have a 1964 yellow penny with no mint mark, front and back are slightly different than a normal penny. How rare is this penny? Should I have …

Ocean In View Error Nickels 
Question: I own over 20 sealed boxes of the "2005 Ocean In View" P & D nickels. So I decided to open a few up. I found a few nickels with the "ST" …

How do I find other collectors to trade coins with? 
Question: I live on the west coast and collect Presidential dollars and state quarters with my grand children. We get lots of Denver mints but no Philly …

Are Silver One Cent Pennies Rare? 
Question: I have a Lincoln/Lincoln Memorial Building 1959 One Cent Penny, without D or P. It is SILVER coated (looks like a dime) on both sides, and …

When did the US move the mint marks back to the right of Montecello on nickels? 
Question: I read the article about Mr. Frith finding a rare Jefferson Nickel with a new 1942 die for the front of the coin but the back had the old 1941 …

Are the transactions kept confidential? 
Question: The bottom line; Does the government have access to purchase records? Are all coins exempt from confiscation? i.e. those without mint marks. …

SILVER DOLLAR 
Question" I have a 1974 silver dollar that looks new with an S on it. Someone turned it into a store for a purchase. Is it worth something? Also a …

Penny With State Outline On It 
Question: Is there a 1976 penny with a liberty bell and usa map imprinted on the front? My Answer: What you have is a coin that has been stamped …

Can you help me identify a coin? 
Question: Among some old US coins I found a tiny coin, approximately 1/2" in diameter and very thin. It appears to be a gold coin. The front of the …

What does "reverse" mean on a description on a coin? 
Question: Like an 1899-0 reverse, what does the reverse mean? My Answer: "Reverse" simply means the back or 'tails' side of a coin. In the …

How can I locate banks which receive the new Quarters when they are minted? 
Question: Commerce Bank (now TD Bank) used to have a Quarters Club where you would be notified when the new State quarters where available and come into …

Is this penny worth anything? 
Question: I have a 1956 penny with the letter, D, underneath the date and the back of the penny does not have the Lincoln Memorial on it. Is this penny …

1834 Classic Head Half Eagle Value 
Question: Can you give me an approximate value of a $5.00 gold 1834 Classic Head 1/2 Eagle? My Answer: Thank you for contacting me with your question, …

1776 TWENTY DOLLAR COIN? 
Question: I Have a 1776 TWENTY DOLLAR COIN. Why doesn't it say UNITED STATES OF AMERICA on the other side and is it worth anything? My Answer: The …

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No mint mark on morgan dollars. Where do I look next? 
Question: I have several morgan dollars ranging from 1900 to 1922. I have looked for the mint mark, under the eagle and above the "D" , but cannot …

2x2 paper/mylar holders 
Question: When putting coins in 2x2 paper/mylar coin holders, why are staples used as opposed to using clear plastic tape around the edges ? My Answer: …

What are coins made of? 
Question: What material(s) are US coins (penny, nickels, dimes, etc.) made from? I think I once heard coins from the 60's,(different time periods) had …

Obtaining Bulk Coins 
Question: How can I obtain boxes(50 rolls) of pennies? I tried going to banks but they claim they don't have the 2009 Lincoln pennies. My Answer: …

How i need to start as kid? 
Hi, i am Wout, an 11 years old kid from belgium. I want to start collecting coins. My grandma give me some franks (now we got euro but before the …

What is a large date or small date on a coin?  
Question: I see different descriptions about a coin and there is a description saying the coin has a large or small date. What does that mean and how …

Nickel Error?
Extra Window on Monticello
 
Question: I happened across a 1970 nickel. On the back, upon further review I noticed that the Monticello had an extra window. When looking at the …

Are nickels with errors important?
There does not seem to be any websites with error nickels .
 
I have an error nickel that is doubling around the collar, chin, nose and forehead. Some of the letters are pressed flat. Thank you for your time. …

What is a Counterfeit? 
Question: How can I determine if a coin is a counterfeit coin or not? My Answer: In short, you probably can't determine if a coin is a counterfeit …

Is a Proof Coin Worth More Than an Uncirculated Coin? 
Question: Is a proof coin worth more than an uncirculated coin? My Answer: Not necessarily. I would say that probably a majority of the …

What about eBay? 
Question: I was wondering what you thought about buying coins from an auction site like eBay? Is is a good idea? My Answer: I have …

What coins do people collect? 
Question: What coins do people collect? How will I know if I am doing it right? My Answer: Different people collect coins in different …

Why collect coins? 
Question: What are some reasons people collect coins? My answer: A collection of coins is like a miniature art collection. Many people …

How can I get a price guide on pennies I've saved? 
Question: I have several gallon jars of pennies I have saved over many years. I'm sure many are only worth 1 cent each. But I'm sure I have a few that …

kennedy 40% half dollar weigh? 
Question: What does a Kennedy 40% silver half dollar weigh? My Answer: The weight for the Kennedy Half Dollars dated 1965-1970 with a composition …

What does 2 of Date over 1 mean? 
Question: In my 2010 Rotographic Collectors Coins GB Annual I keep coming across notes against coins as under:- 2 of date over 1 …

What is a Double Cracked Skull Penny?  
Question: I have a set of two pennies I bought at a convention a long time ago, both 1960 d and on the cardboard protective cover it says double cracked …

1795 Jefferson Head Lettered Edge Liberty Cap Cent 
Question: I believe my son has a 1795 Jefferson Head Lettered Edge Liberty Cap Cent. The details are difficult to determine because of what looks like …

Should coins be left in rolls when collecting? 
Question: I read somewhere that coins should not be kept in the original paper they are wrapped in because the paper has acid in it which will cause …

What does the "m" value mean? 
Question: Dear CCGFB: I have the rare opportunity this summer to sift through my coin collection and see exactly what I have, and from my grandparents' …

Do banks accept miniature coins? 
Question: Are miniature coins as valuable as they read and would a bank accept them? My Answer: Miniature coins are made as novelty items by private …

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