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  1. October 16, 2019 - McKinley Birthplace Memorial gold dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKinley_Birthplace_Memorial_gold_dollar These coins were struck in smallish quantities over two years to help finance the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles, Ohio. They are about as valuable as you'd expect a 100-year old gold commemorative dollar to be, but not much more so than that.
  2. That's a great question! There are some folks here who have made coins before. Let's see if they chime in.
  3. Four answers! 1) The 1978 is copper whereas the other two are copper-clad zinc. 2) As such, they will wear differently and react differently to the many chemicals it comes into contact with over its lifetime. 3) The way they were struck by the Mint has probably evolved. 4) The dies they were struck with have different amounts of wear.
  4. Me, too. Started collecting a few but that was back when I was collecting a bunch of different things with no discipline.
  5. Look up your coin on this site: http://www.coppercoins.com/advsearch.php It's an excellent site and you should be able to see what you have.
  6. Finally catching up with my favorite thread and WOW! Someone at Wikipedia sure loves their commemorative coins! February 13, 2019 - Hawaii Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar A famous commemorative coin. Only 10,000 were minted and few exist in high grades. Moreover, only 50 proofs were minted. The last one sold by Heritage was in 2004 for $25,000. Imagine what they'd go for today! April 22, 2019 - Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynchburg_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar John Lynch, the founder of Lynchburg, was supposed to be on the obverse but no portrait of him was known. So they depicted then Senator Carter Glass - only the third living person to be depicted on a U.S. coin. He also has the distinction of being the first person to have their signature on U.S. currency when he was Treasury Secretary. May 9, 2019 - Maine Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Centennial_half_dollar This coin is very hard to find in good condition because it wasn't distributed into the collecting community. Therefore, many of the folks who purchased it didn't handle it as well. August 9, 2019 - Gadsden Purchase Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Purchase_half_dollar Interestingly, as I looked for a picture of this coin on the wikipedia page, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress. So fascinating that it still became a Featured Article. August 26, 2019 - Alabama Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Centennial_half_dollar The coin features Alabama's first and then-current governors making it the U.S. first coin to feature a living person. September 26, 2019 - Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar Similar to the Gadsden Purchase half, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress.
  7. Wow. Those are stunning in their own ways. Have you shared many mor recent than 1957 here?
  8. Unbelievable. How often do you come across medals with their original packaging?
  9. It looks like he could step right out of the medal. Beautiful.
  10. I really like it , too!
  11. Normally, I'd browse but I'm taking a month without pay (paternity leave in America...) so I'm not going to tempt myself by looking!
  12. Ha! After all my years of reading every article I see about pocket rarities, I had no idea about the 1982 D bronzes!
  13. Hi Lynn, Sorry for your loss and welcome to the forum. We have a bunch of collectors of British coins here who might be able to help.
  14. I bet it's two coins somehow mated together, like for a magician's trick.
  15. Hi! Welcome to Coinpeople! Sorry for the delay in response. Obviously, it's hard to make a conclusive judgement without knowing the year. I can't really tell from the photo. It can't be worth more than a handful of dollars. That's not bad though!
  16. Interesting. Is there a reason Australia celebrated the Year of the Horse?
  17. I like that. I wonder if Art has seen it.
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