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Learn About Famous Coins, Notorious Errors and the People Who Collect Them


Coins can become famous for many different reasons. Sometimes a coin becomes well-known because it is worth a princely sum of money, such as the $5 million 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. Other times, the coin is famous because it depicts an important historical event, such as the gloating ancient Roman denarius issued by Brutus after he assassinated Julius Caesar. Some coins are famous just because they exist and hundreds of millions of people use them every day. Perhaps the most interesting famous coin type is the error coin, such as the Presidential "Godless" Dollars. And don't forget the collectors themselves...
  1. Famous Coin Profiles
  2. Error Coins and Die Varieties
  3. Presidential Dollar Errors

Famous Coin Profiles

Every coin type has a story behind it, whether it's the $20 gold piece that sold for $7.6 million, or the 1913 Nickel that went for $5 million. Find out why some coins are worth astronomical sums of money, and learn about some of the most curious designs ever placed on coinage. For example, post World War I America issued a Quarter Dollar with a topless Lady Liberty on it! When Brutus assassinated Julius Caesar, he issued a coin to celebrate, way back in ancient Roman times! Learn the stories behind famous coins, and the common ones, too.

Error Coins and Die Varieties

Mint error coins have become a popular collecting area, ever since people discovered that certain State Quarters that were being found in people's pocket change were worth hundreds of dollars each. Then came the Presidential Dollar errors, with missing edge lettering on some, and double edge lettering on others, plus a whole slew of other Presidential Dollar error coin types. The notion that you could find a certain 1969-S penny in your pocket change that is worth $35,000 has everyone hoping they didn't spend one for lunch today! Do you know what to look for?

Presidential Dollar Errors

The Presidential Dollars have a new feature in the lettering around the edge of the coins. Although the U.S. had used edge lettered coins in the distant past (last seen in the early 1930's,) the process of lettering the Presidential Dollars was different than the old type of edge lettering. The Mint was bound to have an adjustment period while they worked out the kinks in this dramatic new style of coin design, but nobody could have predicted the hundreds of thousands of Presidential Dollars that were missing whole edge inscriptions, or that got the edge inscriptions twice. And that's just the beginning...

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