Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez is a freelance writer and author who has contributed hundreds of online articles and blog posts, as well as published Images of America, Tampa’s Carrollwood (Arcadia Publishing, 2013). Joshua is interested in a wide array of topics, and since 1992 has been heavily involved in numismatics, a topic about which he loves to research and write. His main area of focus is 19th and 20th century United States coins, but he also enjoys Canadian coins.

What Happened to the Canadian Penny?

What Happened to the Canadian Penny?
Having a hard time finding Canadian pennies in circulation these days? It's not just you! That's because the last Canadian one-cent coins were made for circulation in 2012. And as they're being spent and turned in at banks, they're winding up at the smelter and disappearing forever. So why did Canada say, "eh, goodbye" to the penny? Are Canadian pe...
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Can’t Find Valuable Coins In Circulation? Here’s How To Turn Your Luck Around!

Can’t Find Valuable Coins In Circulation? Here’s How To Turn Your Luck Around!
I've been looking for rare and valuable coins in my pocket change since 1992. Over the years, I have come across many cool coins in circulation, including old Lincoln wheat cents , Liberty and Buffalo nickels, wartime silver Jefferson five-cent pieces , silver dimes and quarters , 90% silver Kennedy half dollars, foreign coins, and many other valua...
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New 2019-W Pennies Are A Hit With Lincoln Cent Collectors

New 2019-W Pennies Are A Hit With Lincoln Cent Collectors
The United States Mint has made history by striking the first Lincoln cents bearing the "W" mintmark from the West Point Mint in New York, and collectors are loving these new pennies. There are three types of 2019-W pennies being struck, and each is being offered as a premium freebie in three types of United States Mint collector products for 2019 ...
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Collectors Seeking Rare & Valuable 2019-W Quarters From Circulation

Collectors Seeking Rare & Valuable 2019-W Quarters From Circulation
The 2019 W quarters from the West Point Mint in New York are in circulation and collectors are going crazy trying to find these rare and valuable coins in their pocket change. But why are these new quarters being made at the West Point Mint? Why are they valuable? And what should you be looking for? Read on for the answers! What' So Special About T...
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The Future Of Coin Collecting Looks Bright

The Future Of Coin Collecting Looks Bright
As a 30-something coin collector, I'm not necessarily representative of the median age of coin collectors and coin investors. In fact, I'm probably a good 20 years younger than most of the people I see enjoying the coin shows I attend. But I'm by no means the youngest guy on the bourse. In fact, I'm a good 20 years older than many of the so-called ...
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Op-Ed: What Coin Collecting Means To Me

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I recently celebrated my 25th coin collecting anniversary – I'm now in my second quarter century as a coin collector, and so far I'm loving the hobby more than ever. I didn't know in 1992, when I first began collecting coins, that I'd still be enjoying this hobby so much so many years on, but I know I'm not the only person who's been in the hobby t...
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Where Can You Find New Coins for Your Collection?

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Are you looking for new coins to add to your coin collection? There are various avenues coin collectors use for finding new coins to add to their collections, and below I'll describe the various common methods you can use to find new coins for your collection. Circulation – This is where most coin collectors start looking for new coins. From pocket...
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1793 Coins: Why Early Large Cents Are More Popular Than Ever Now

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There's a very special reason large cents from 1793 are spending more time in the numismatic spotlight recently. They represent the very first official coinage of the United States Mint, which was established in Philadelphia in 1792 and began striking federal coinage in 1793. The United States Mint first struck copper coins, which were initially di...
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The 27 Most Valuable Morgan Dollars

The 27 Most Valuable Morgan Dollars
Morgan dollars are among the most popular United States coins around, and they are found in the collections of countless collectors new and seasoned alike. Most Morgan dollars are relatively common and circulated examples are often worth little more than their intrinsic silver content value. However, there are several Morgan dollars that are quite ...
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What Does 2018 Have In Store For Coin Collectors?

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It's a new year, and that means new coins are on their way for collectors in 2018. There's a bevy of new coins in 2018 from the United States Mint, including longtime favorites such as Lincoln cents, America the Beautiful quarters, American Eagle bullion coins, and much more. But it's not just the U.S. Mint with hot new coins – many other mints fro...
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Old British Pennies Are Great Collectibles

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British pennies are some of the most widely collected copper coins in the world, and they even have a place in the hearts of many coin collectors in the United States, whose residents use the one-cent coin – which is mistakenly referred to as a "penny." While the United States does not officially mint a denomination known as the "penny," Great Brit...
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Are The New 2018 American Gold Eagle Coins Worth Buying?

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Have you seen the advertisements offering new 2018 American Gold Eagle coins? They're already popping up, and it begs the question: is now a good time to buy gold coins? Should you buy 2018 American Gold Eagles? It's all a matter of what your investment strategy is. Of course, 2018 gold coins are popular as gifts, and there's always that crop of in...
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Should You Buy Junk Silver Coins When Silver Prices Drop?

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Is it wise to buy junk silver coins when silver bullion prices tumble? Many bullion investors want know, especially when the metals market behaves as it has recently. Silver prices go up, then they go down. When silver prices go down, bullion investors do one of two things: Some silver investors panic about losing money and sell off some of all of ...
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Like Ike Dollars? Why High-Grade Business-Strike Eisenhower Dollars Represent Exciting Collecting Opportunities

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For many coin collectors, Eisenhower dollars are a coin from "just yesterday." Yet, as of 2018, the last Eisenhower dollar will have rolled off the presses 40 years earlier, in 1978. The first issues of the Eisenhower dollar series were struck in 1971 – nearly 50 years ago. Perhaps to the pleasant surprise of many coin collectors who, unfortunately...
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Breast Cancer Pink Gold Commemorative Coins, Others Unveiled By United States Mint

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The United States Mint recently released the designs for the long-awaited $5 pink gold, silver dollar, and clad half dollar 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness commemorative coins . The 2018 Breast Cancer coins could become some of the most popular commemorative coins released by the United States Mint in many years, and that's a good thing for many reaso...
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Design Unveiled for World War I Commemorative Silver Dollar

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The long-awaited World War I commemorative silver dollar is finally emerging onto the scene after more than two years of widespread anticipation. While the last American World War I military veteran, Frank Buckles, died in 2011, there are many children, grandchildren, and other descendants of American World War I veterans, not to mention military h...
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2017 United States Mint Silver Medal Set

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The 2017 American Liberty 225 th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set contains four examples of the American Liberty medal, which replicates the design seen on the 2017 American Liberty High-Relief $100 Gold Coin . The silver medal is a non-monetized, more affordable counterpart to the historic American Liberty 24-karat gold coin; the 2017 American Li...
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The Cheapest Early American Coins for Your Collection

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So many people want old coins for their collections, but the problem is many of them are so expensive. Some of America's early federal coins, which were first officially minted in 1793, are worth thousands of dollars each. So what's a collector on shoestring budget to do when he or she wants to buy examples of early American coins? There are severa...
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Collecting 2017-P Lincoln Cents

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The 2017-P Lincoln cent is more than just another interesting coin to look for in pocket change. It's the first one-cent coin in the 225-year history of the United States Mint to bear a "P" mintmark indicating the Philadelphia Mint. While some collectors may not think this is a big deal, this is actually huge from the history standpoint, and many h...
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What’s On The 2018 America The Beautiful Quarters?

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The 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters are soon to be released, and coin collectors are already buzzing about the designs that will appear on these new quarters. The America the Beautiful Quarters, which were first released in 2010, enter their ninth year in 2018. The program honors one national park or national landmark from each of the 50 states...
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