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.

The Susan B. Anthony Coin – Why Did SBA Dollar Coins Fail?

The Susan B. Anthony Coin – Why Did SBA Dollar Coins Fail?

On October 10, 1978, Susan B. Anthony coin legislation was approved, and the first circulating coin honoring the women’s rights pioneer was on its way to production. The Susan B. Anthony dollar represented a downsizing of the dollar coin.

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The Sacagawea Dollar Coin – The Rise & Fall of a Coin We Thought Would Succeed

The Sacagawea Dollar Coin – The Rise & Fall of a Coin We Thought Would Succeed

Remember the excitement over the Sacagawea coin? If you were in any way involved with the coin collecting community in 2000, you may recall the buzz surrounding the long-anticipated release of the Sacagawea dollar coin. The Sacagawea golden dollar was supposed to fix all of the problems associated with the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which had been released in 1979 but quickly failed to circulate. By 1981, the coin was in production only for coin sets. Later that year, the SBA dollar was retired. It was minted again one last time in 1999, when dollar coins were seeing circulation in the postage stamp machine circuit and some mass transit systems.

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Canadians “Spocking” $5 Bills as Tribute to Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy

Canadians “Spocking” $5 Bills as Tribute to Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy

Canadians are taking pen to paper and altering, some would say defacing, their $5 notes as a tribute to Star Trek actor and acclaimed director, poet, and singer Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on February 27 at the age of 83.

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5 Copper-Nickel Clad Washington Quarters You Should Buy While They’re Still (Relatively) Affordable

5 Copper-Nickel Clad Washington Quarters You Should Buy While They’re Still (Relatively) Affordable

Do you collect Washington quarters? Perhaps you’ll want to spend a little time (and a few bucks) on buying some of the more recent issues from the popular eight-decade-old series.

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Royal Mint to Update Queen Elizabeth’s Portrait on Coins

Royal Mint to Update Queen Elizabeth’s Portrait on Coins

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is receiving a new portrait on British coinage by the end of this year. The Queen, who has appeared on coins of the British realm since 1953, has aged gracefully over her 60-plus years on the royal throne. The Royal Mint has kept her likeness on coinage relevant to the Queen’s maturing appearance by updating her image on British coins every 15 to 20 years.

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Bullion Coin Sales Sink in February 2015 as U.S. Mint Sells Fewer Coins Than in Previous Month

Bullion Coin Sales Sink in February 2015 as U.S. Mint Sells Fewer Coins Than in Previous Month

As February, the shortest month of 2015, wraps up, the latest bullion figures indicate smaller American Silver and Gold Eagle coin monthly totals than would be expected for a calendar shortfall of just two or three days. January is normally a month of strong output by the U.S. Mint, as early demand for coins bearing the new date of “2015” is met and minting gears up for the year. However, bullion prices have also been somewhat stagnant over the course of February 2015, which may in part owe to the languid production of new American Silver and Gold Eagles as of late.

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Ronald & Nancy Reagan to be Featured on Coins in 2016

Ronald & Nancy Reagan to be Featured on Coins in 2016

The United States Mint has announced it will release coins honoring Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in 2016 as part of the Presidential $1 coin series. Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 through 1989, was not originally slated to make an appearance among the Presidential $1 coin series.

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Top 25 Most Expensive Walking Liberty Half Dollars on eBay – January 2015 Sales

Top 25 Most Expensive Walking Liberty Half Dollars on eBay – January 2015 Sales

The top 25 most expensive Walking Liberty half dollars sold on eBay in January 2015 include a seemingly random grab bag of issues. There is no predominate subset of coins this month, with circulated semi-key and key date coins, high-end proof, and MS 66+ Walking Liberty half dollars all appearing on this go-around of most expensive Walking Liberty halves purchased on eBay.

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Top 25 Lincoln Penny Sales on eBay in January 2015

Top 25 Lincoln Penny Sales on eBay in January 2015

The most expensive Lincoln pennies that were sold on eBay in January 2015 are definitely representative of the rare one-cent coins that most coin collectors go gaga over. Spoiler alert – a 1909-S VDB penny came in at the top spot. OK, maybe that isn’t such a surprise. What may be the real twist is the coin that comes in at #2. Hint... Let’s just say, modern coins aren’t all junk.

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Top 25 Morgan Silver Dollar Sales on eBay in January 2015

Top 25 Morgan Silver Dollar Sales on eBay in January 2015

The first report on Morgan silver dollar sales on eBay during 2015 shows busy activity, as usual, for this popular coin series. Going into the first month of the year, it seems the Carson City silver dollars have been dominating the most expensive listings, as can be expected. However, the top two Morgan silver dollars weren’t minted in the 19th-century silver bastion of Carson City but, rather, the Gold Rush mecca of San Francisco.

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American Silver Eagles On Track for Record Year Again? U.S. Mint Sells Huge Number of Bullion Coins in January 2015

American Silver Eagles On Track for Record Year Again? U.S. Mint Sells Huge Number of Bullion Coins in January 2015

The new year was off to a remarkable start at the U.S. Mint, which sold a tremendous number of American silver eagle and American gold eagle coins in January. As many in the bullion community know, the U.S. Mint tends to see a marked increase in orders during the first weeks of the new year, but the rather low silver and gold prices that have persisted since 2014 4Q has only quickened the pace for orders.

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Top 25 eBay Sales for Walking Liberty Half Dollars December 2014

Top 25 eBay Sales for Walking Liberty Half Dollars December 2014

Walking Liberty half dollars are very popular with avid coin collectors, investors with only a casual interest in numismatics, and many other types of coin buyers as well. The Walking Liberty half dollar was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and was struck during the years 1916 through 1947. Often considered one of the most beautiful silver U.S. coins ever made.

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Top 25 eBay Sales Prices for Lincoln Cent December 2014

Top 25 eBay Sales Prices for Lincoln Cent December 2014

A look at the Top 25 Lincoln cent sales on eBay in December 2014 reveal a few modern pieces managed to trade hands for Top 10 prices along with the usual gamut of key dates that usually dominate the top price rankings. In fact, the Top 10 portion of this list looks rather different than usual, with a non-1909-S VDB cent taking the top spot, two modern error varieties, and at least one high-end “common” wheat cent.

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New $75 U.S. Gold Coin Stirring Buzz, Creating Controversy

New $75 U.S. Gold Coin Stirring Buzz, Creating Controversy

Have you seen the new design proposals for the $75 high-relief gold coin the U.S. Mint is planning to launch soon? The design proposals are certainly creating excitement and drawing criticism.

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Presidential Dollar Coin Series May End Early

Presidential Dollar Coin Series May End Early

For the third time, a bill to end the U.S. Mint's Presidential $1 coin program, has been introduced in the Senate. The last two times the bill has been brought to the floor, it died from inaction. Will the third version, called S. 95 and introduced on January 7, bring the dollar program to its knees? 

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Larry King Talks Coins, Including the 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar & Saint Gaudens Double Eagle

Larry King Talks Coins, Including the 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar & Saint Gaudens Double Eagle

Larry King recently recorded a 25-minute interview with Ian Russell, who is the founder and president of GreatCollections Coin Auctions. The interview was taped at King’s Los Angeles studio for his television program, Larry King Now.

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4 Important Coin Collecting Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

4 Important Coin Collecting Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

I've been collecting coins since 1992, which is enough time to have learned more than a few things about the hobby I love. I was still a kid when I first ventured into coin collecting, which means I was at that prime age for touching the hot stove… and learning not to touch it again!

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U.S. Mint American Eagle Coins – Bullion Sales for Week Ending January 9, 2015

U.S. Mint American Eagle Coins – Bullion Sales for Week Ending January 9, 2015

It’s a new year, and with the start of a fresh calendar, the U.S. Mint bullion coin program is gearing up for what could be an exciting 2015. Going into January, bullion prices continue to stay soft, with silver in the $16 range and gold hanging out around $1,225.00 an ounce -- just about where bullion prices have remained since early last autumn.

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Why Cull American Silver Eagles Are True Bargains

Why Cull American Silver Eagles Are True Bargains

You don’t hear much about the market for cull American silver eagles. This could be because many coin collectors and investors are focused on obtaining the whitest, highest-grading silver eagles they can find – and afford. But, if you think about, many bullion investors should also be looking at cull silver eagles with interest. That’s because these lower-end coins represent an affordable means of purchasing silver bullion that’s guaranteed by the U.S. government.

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eBay’s Top 25 Morgan Silver Dollars In December 2014

eBay’s Top 25 Morgan Silver Dollars In December 2014

We have the latest sales figures for the Top 25 Morgan silver dollars that were sold on eBay in December 2014, and the data show some especially huge prices were paid during the month. Perhaps Santa Claus was filling the stockings of some very good coin collectors, because this list of the top-selling Morgan silver dollar coins from December is mainly comprised of high-value key dates. In fact, the top Morgan dollar on eBay in December sold for nearly $20,000 – that’s an impressive figure for eBay coin sales.

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