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Quiz: Presidential $1 Coin Portraits

The White House announced yesterday that they’re curtailing the Presidential $1 coin series, which means you won’t see that flood of Chester A. Arthur coins you were hoping for. (The U.S. Mint will continue producing $1 coins for collectors, though.) So, when we Photoshop out the names and years in office, how well do you [...]

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency. Since government-issued coins had first appeared in the world, it was common for the faces of kings, queens and emperors to appear on them. The Founders had just gotten a constitutional republic up and [...]

$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

The U.S. Mint is manufacturing, and will continue to manufacture, one dollar coins that just pile up in the Federal Reserve because no one wants to use them. They’ve already stockpiled over a billion dollars in coins, and may reach two billion! In 2005, Congress decided that a new series of dollar coins should be minted [...]

This Lincoln Penny Just Sold for $1,700,000

This is a one-of-a-kind penny, resulting from a production error at the U.S. mint in Denver. It was struck in bronze rather than the zinc-coated steel normally used during the WWII era. About 20 such errors are known from the Philadelphia and San Francisco mints, but this is the only one known from the Denver [...]