Learn About Famous Coins, Notorious Errors and the People Who Collect Them
By James Bucki, About.com Guide
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.
- Top 5 Famous Coin Collections of All Time
- EID MAR Denarius - Ancient Coin Commemorates the Murder of Caesar
- Obscenity or Art? The Bare-Breasted Standing Liberty Quarter
- The 1933 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle - World's Most Valuable Coin
- The Curious Story Behind the 1895 Morgan Dollar
- Who Was Sacagawea and Why Was She Put on a Dollar Coin?
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?
- Top 10 Most Valuable Error Coins Found in Pocket Change
- In God We …Rust? An Interesting Kansas State Quarter Error
- Minnesota State Quarter "Extra Tree" Error
- List of Major Lincoln Memorial Die Varieties
- Does the U.S. Mint Make Error Coins On Purpose?
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...