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.

Why Pre-1933 United States Gold Coins Ideal for Numismatists and Investors

Why Pre-1933 United States Gold Coins Ideal for Numismatists and Investors
Pre-1933 United States gold coins are popular among numismatists and bullion investors alike. These scarce collectible coins offer incredible designs from some of the nation's most notable coin designers and consist of metallic compositions containing a 90 percent gold alloy. With this combination of beautiful designs and substantial bullion conten...
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Vienna Philharmonic Coins Drum Up Bullion Investors, Collectors

Vienna Philharmonic Coins Drum Up Bullion Investors, Collectors
Vienna Philharmonic coins are gold, silver, and platinum bullion coins that are struck by the Austrian Mint and sold to metals investors and coin collectors around the world. The bullion coins, which were first introduced in 1989, carry design themes inspired by the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker). On the obverse of the Philha...
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5 Types Of Old United States Coins I Look For (And Can Find) In Circulation

5 Types Of Old United States Coins I Look For (And Can Find) In Circulation
I love looking for old coins in my pocket change. Yes, some of the old pennies, nickels, and other coins I find in circulation are worth only a little bit of money. Others are virtually worthless above face value. But all of these old coins are fascinating to collect and I love adding them to my collection. A lot of coin collecting guides will tell...
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Where Did All The 1776-1976 Bicentennial Quarters Go?

Where Did All The 1776-1976 Bicentennial Quarters Go?
It seems in the late 1990s, I was finding 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarters in my pocket change every few days – or more frequently than that. Fast forward to 2016, and suddenly they're about as scarce as Lincoln wheat pennies . What happened? How could more than 1.6 billion Bicentennial quarters – the number of copper-nickel clad piece struck at the...
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Why Does The U.S. Mint Continue Making $1 Coins If They Aren’t Being Used?

Why Does The U.S. Mint Continue Making $1 Coins If They Aren’t Being Used?
1.1 billion dollar coins sit in United States vaults, awaiting the day – if ever – that they see the light of day in circulation. The United States Mint will make millions more dollar coins in 2016 as it wraps up the Presidential $1 coin program with the Ronald Reagan dollar and also strikes the Native American dollar coins. Yet, why did the nation...
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Canada Looney Tunes Coins Keep Collectors In Stitches

Canada Looney Tunes Coins Keep Collectors In Stitches
Canadian Looney Tunes coins are spreading joy among bullion investors and numismatic collectors these days. In 2015, the Royal Canadian Mint began offering a series of coins that honors one of the most world's most beloved cast of animated characters – Looney Tunes. These silver and gold Canadian coins – many of them colorized – come in a variety o...
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New 2016 U.S. Commemorative Coins Honor Iconic Wordsmith & Park Service

New 2016 U.S. Commemorative Coins Honor Iconic Wordsmith & Park Service
What do great American writer Mark Twain and the National Park Service have in common? They are both being honored on 2016 U.S. commemorative coins. The new commemorative coins are expected to be big hits, especially among fans of Mark Twain literature and those who enjoy the great outdoors. 2016 Mark Twain Commemorative Coins Mark Twain, who ...
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US Mint Opens 2018 World War I Silver Dollar Design Competition

US Mint Opens 2018 World War I Silver Dollar Design Competition
The United States Mint recently unveiled a design competition for a 2018 silver dollar honoring the centennial of America's involvement in World War I. The coin design contest  opened February 29, 2016, and invites artists who are U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents who are 18 years of age of older to submit their design proposals for the...
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Silver Prices Riding Roller Coaster for Decades

Silver Prices Riding Roller Coaster for Decades
With silver prices fluctuating greatly up and down over the past few years, it can be hard to remember for some investors, especially those who are relatively new to the market, that we've "been here before" and "done that." Many silver pundits want buyers to believe that now is the time to buy silver, with some claiming that we may never see price...
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Collecting Canadian Small Cents

Collecting Canadian Small Cents
Canadian small cents are great coins to collect because they represent a relatively affordable series yet still offer many challenges for even the most seasoned of coin hobbyists. While Canada introduced its one-cent coin in 1858, the denomination was originally struck as a so-called "large" cent, similar to the half-dollar-size U.S. large cents an...
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Tips On Building An Eisenhower Dollar Set

Tips On Building An Eisenhower Dollar Set
Eisenhower dollar sets are popular among coin collectors who prize the last of the regularly circulating large-size dollar coins. Minted from 1971 through 1978, Eisenhower dollars measure 38.1 millimeters in diameter and are as wide as Morgan or Peace silver dollars. Relatively large, heavy coins, Eisenhower dollars didn't circulate well at a time ...
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Silver Wartime Nickels: Cheap, Popular Silver Coins From the 1940s

Silver Wartime Nickels: Cheap, Popular Silver Coins From the 1940s
Silver Wartime nickels are popular coins among collectors who appreciate history and enjoy 20th-century United States coinage. The 35 percent silver five-cent coins are colloquially referred to as "Wartime nickels," though they contain no nickel at all. Nickel, which was temporarily removed from the five-cent coin during the period 1942 through 194...
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Why I Love Collecting Quarters

Why I Love Collecting Quarters
Many coin hobbyists are collecting quarters, and it's no surprise – the quarter dollar is truly the workhorse of circulation. The first United States quarters were made in 1796 and have been struck ever since with very few interruptions in production. While coins like the one-cent piece, nickel, and dime play relatively smaller roles in day-to-day ...
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A Guide to Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins

A Guide to Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins
​ Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins have been popular on the international metals market since 1979, when the first Canadian gold bullion coins were released for sale. At that time, the only other major gold bullion coin on the market was the South Africa Krugerrand, though it was not widely available as many nations boycotted goods from the Africa...
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Is It Wise To Invest In Rare Coins?

Is It Wise To Invest In Rare Coins?
Rare coin investing: no three words in numismatics make me shudder more than these when they are laced together. Countless people enter the world of coin collecting not because they enjoy the art and history behind coins, but because they want to earn a fast buck. It's not entirely the fault of these would-be investors that they believe earning mon...
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2015 American Silver Eagle Sales Top Record

2015 American Silver Eagle Sales Top Record
Sales of 2015 American Silver Eagles , one of the world's most popular bullion coins, topped an all-time record. By the end of production for 2015, the United States Mint recorded a total of 47 million American Silver Eagles struck during the course of the year; the last 2015-dated American Silver Eagles were sold on December 15, 2015. In fact, the...
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4 Pros and Cons of Buying Junk Silver Coins

4 Pros and Cons of Buying Junk Silver Coins
Junk silver coins are what many coin collectors and bullion investors buy when silver prices start getting jumpy. This has been happening as of late with silver bullion values fluctuating between $13.85 and $15.50 per ounce, though historically this has occurred many times, during which coin buyers hoard pre-1965 90 percent silver coins when metals...
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Investing In Silver & Gold World Bullion Coins

Investing In Silver & Gold World Bullion Coins
Gold and silver world bullion coins offer investors a multitude of options for investing in precious metals. While the beautiful silver and gold American Eagles are popular investment coins for bullion traders, it seems more and more people these days are looking beyond the tried-and-true United States bullion coins and are also indulging in coins ...
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Why Old Lincoln Wheat Pennies Make Great Collectibles

Why Old Lincoln Wheat Pennies Make Great Collectibles
​ I've always been a fan of old Lincoln wheat pennies . These classic coins were struck at the United States Mint from 1909 through 1958 and are one of the most widely collected coins of all time. One of the first coins I ever placed into my collection was a 1941 Lincoln wheat cent that I found in pocket change back in 1992, and wheat pennies conti...
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Why Is The United States Mint Coin Buyback Program On Freeze Now?

Why Is The United States Mint Coin Buyback Program On Freeze Now?
Have you heard the latest news from the United States Mint? The Department of the Treasury is temporarily halting its popular damaged coin buyback program after it received millions of dollars in fake coins from China. The federal coin exchange program, which has been in place since 1911, allows individuals to turn in bent, cracked, and partial coi...
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