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April 30, 2019
Coin of the week:  US Stella 4 Dollar Gold Piece (1879-1880)
Stella 4 Dollar Obverse Flowing Hair
Stella 4 Dollar Obverse Coiled Hair
This coin is a pattern coin, which was a coin not approved for release, but instead produced as transitional pieces, to show what a coin would look like before actual minting, fantasy coins, or as patterns for actual proposed coinage. The Stella 4 Dollar falls in this category, as it was a proposed coin that was intended to be used in the Latin Monetary Union (LMU) if the US had joined. It contained the amount of precious metal required for a LMU gold piece (86% gold, 4% silver, and 10% copper) However, it didn't quite match to the LMU standards.
Two different obverse sides exist. One is a Charles Barber flowing hair liberty, the other a George Morgan coiled hair Liberty. Although only 425 samples were ever made, and ultimately the coin and the idea of joining the LMU were rejected by Congress, several of the coins ended up in the hands of various congressmen.
Stella 4 Dollar Reverse Flowing Hair
Stella 4 Dollar Reverse Coiled Hair






April 13, 2019
New video on YouTube!!  Ever wonder if  those cheap pinpointers from China  are worth it? We review the Gold Hunter Pro Pointer All Terrain, and find out how it stacks up!



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April 13, 2019
Coin of the week: Three-Cent Silver - Type 1 (1851-1853 )
Three-Cent Silver Type 1 Obverse The Three-Cent Silver (Type 1) was struck from 1851-1853 at the Philadelphia and New Orleans Mints.
Nicknamed "Fish-scales" the tiny coins(the smallest ever produced by the US Mint, being just 14mm wide) where not popular since they were easily lost (hopefully where you are metal detecting!) It has 75% silver and 25% copper, which was changed in the later Type 2 (struck 1854-1858) and Type 3 (struck 1859-1873) 3-Cent silvers to 90% silver.
The designer, James Longacre, made many of the most unusual and original designs for coins, many of them featuring distinct bands of stars such as those found on the reverse side of this coin.
If you find one, but can't read the date, the Type 1 coin has NO outline around the obverse star.
In 1854, a Type 2 was struck, with a higher silver content .. stay tuned for the type 2 as another Coin of the Week!
Three-Cent Silver Type 1  Reverse





April 6, 2019
Coin of the week: Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916 - 1947 )
Walking Liberty Half Dollar Obverse The Walking Liberty Half  Dollar was around for 31 years and it was struck from  1916 to 1947.
It was minted in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Fransisco. The coin was designed  because an 1890 Congressional Act stated designs of coins must be approved by Congress if the coin had been minted for less than 25 years. The US Treasury misinterpreted this act and thought it meant  they needed a new design every 25 years,  thus leading to the Walking Liberty Half Dollar in 1916.
This coin is 90% silver and 10% copper.
If you melted the coin down to the materials, it would come down to $5.49 says Coinflation.
Walking Liberty Half Dollar Reverse






April 4, 2019
We went out last weekend for a little metal detecting ... didn't find much, but tested our Root Slayer shovel a bit in the cold and frozen ground!









March 30, 2019
Coin of the week: Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963)

Franklin Half Dollar Obverse The Franklin Half Dollar was struck between 1948 and 1963. It was a replacement for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar which had been in use since 1916. The bust of Franklin was designed by John Sinnock who died before completing the reverse side Liberty Bell. A small eagle was added to the the deign just right of the Bell, due to the Coinage Act of 1873 which requires an eagle be on any US coin valued higher than a dime. Being that Franklin both detested the eagle (having called it a "scavenger" in favor of the turkey as a national bird) and that he had opposed portraits on coinage, he may not have been too happy with the Franklin Half Dollar! The coin had further trouble when the Commission of Fine Arts disapproved the design. Although they liked the obverse by John Sinnock, the reverse, finished by Gilroy Roberts, was a different story. They felt the eagle was too small, and the crack in the Liberty Bell, although accurate, was not appropriate. The coin was minted anyway at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Fransisco Mints. The coin itself is 90% silver, 10% copper and has a current metal value of around $6.00 . An interesting coin with an interesting - and controversial - history! Franklin Half Dollar Reverse






March 23, 2019
Coin of the week: The 1965 Roosevelt Dime
1965 p dime The 1965 Roosevelt Dime was the first production year for the clad copper/nickel alloy dimes ... no more silver :(
They contain almost 92% copper, the rest is nickel.
These coins were struck with no mint mark, so you can safely assume if you find one, it is from the Philadelphia Mint. Although they only contain about .02 cents worth of metal, they will still spend for .10cents .
So hold on to your 1965 Roosevelt clad dime if you find one. The reward of a great day of treasure hunting is more than enough value for this neat little dime!
1965 p dime






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