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Understanding the 4 C’s of a diamond

Carat   –   Color   –   Clarity   –   Cut     Carat Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. Each carat can be subdivided into 100 ‘points.’ This allows very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A …

Franklin Half Dollar

Overview The Franklin Half Dollar is one of the last silver coins in America whose entire series was produced with 90% silver. This piece replaced the Walking Liberty Half Dollar which had been in circulation since 1916. Obverse: Benjamin Franklin Reverse: Liberty Bell with small Eagle Years: 1948-1963 Mints: D, S and P Edges: Reeded Designer: John …

Three Dollar Gold Piece

Overview The $3 Dollar Gold piece is the member of a class of unusual denomination pieces who had low mintage numbers and circulated sparsely. The obverse and reverse designs for this coin are identical to the Type 3 Gold $1 piece which was minted during the same time period between 1856 and 1889. Obverse: Lady …

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Overview The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is one of the most popular half dollars in American history. This piece was minted from 1916-1947 and replaced the Barber Half Dollar which had been in circulation since 1892. Obverse: Lady Liberty walking with United States flag over shoulder and holding branches Reverse: Eagle perched on mountain top …

$2.5 Liberty Head

Overview The $2.5 Liberty Head is one of only four $2.5 pieces ever produced by the U.S. Mint. This piece replaced the $2.5 Classic Head which had been in circulation since 1834. This piece is 1 of 4 pieces in the “Liberty Head” series along with the Gold Half Eagle – $5, the Gold Eagle …

Trade Dollar

Overview Unlike other U.S. coins, the Trade Dollar was produced with the plan of it being circulated in foreign countries. This is the only $1 coin that was ever minted with that intention and the minting of this piece came about in the same legislation that ended the production of the Seated Liberty Dollar.   Obverse: …

$4 Stella

Overview The $4 Stella is one of the rarest coins in not only the United States but in the entire world. It is a pattern coin which means it was never approved for release by the U.S. government. Less than 500 of these were ever minted and to get your hands on one will most …

1913 $5 Indian Head

$5 Indian Head

Overview The $5 Indian Head “Eagle” is the last coin of this denomination ever minted by the U.S. This piece is 1 of 4 pieces in the “Indian Head” series along with the $2.5 and $10 Indian Heads and $20 Saint-Gaudens. Obverse: Native American man in headdress Reverse: Standing eagle on branch Years: 1907-1916 & …

$10 Indian Head

Overview The $10 Indian Head “Eagle” is the last coin of this denomination ever minted by the U.S. This piece is 1 of 4 pieces in the “Indian Head” series along with the $2.5 and $5 Indian Heads and $20 Saint-Gaudens. Obverse: Lady Liberty in headdress Reverse: Standing eagle on branch Years: 1907-1916, 1920, 1926, …

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Biography Augustus Saint-Gaudens was one of the most well known American sculptors in his day and as all great collectors know, designed the beloved $20 Saint-Gaudens. His work during the American Renaissance (American nationalism time period from 1876-1917) was widely acclaimed and admired. Born: March 1, 1848 – Dublin, Ireland Died: August 3, 1907 – …