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Silver Dali Olympic Medal – 1988 Pole Vaulting Medal

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This medal is in excellent uncirculated condition. It was one of a series that Salvador Dali did to raise funds for the US Olympic Committee in 1988. These seem to be restrikes of a larger set that he did in … Continue reading

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1988 Dali Swimming Medal – US Olympic Committee Silver Medal

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This medal was one of a series that Salvador Dali did to raise funds for the US Olympic Committee in 1988. These seem to be restrikes of a larger set that he did in 1984. They were minted in silver … Continue reading

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1988 Dali Medal – US Olympic Committee Official Medal for Calgary – Archery

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This medal was one of a series that Salvador Dali did to raise funds for the US Olympic Committee in 1988. These seem to be restrikes of a larger set that he did in 1984. They were minted in silver … Continue reading

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So Called Dollar – Santa Monica Breakwater Dedication Medal HK687

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This so-called dollar is in excellent shape; I would grade it EF45 to AU55. It has a slightly leaden surface, which comes from mild toning of the aluminum (aluminum is highly reactive with oxygen and sensitive to moisture). The obverse … Continue reading

1886-P Morgan Dollar MS63

This coin is in MS63 condition. It was slabbed by PCGS… the slab is a bit scratched up, but it took the scratches so the coin wouldn’t.

The Morgan Dollar is one of the most widely collected coins in the world – it was minted from 1878 to 1921 and represented a fairly large amount of money when it was in circulation (but not so much that it was out of reach of common laborers or collectors). The obverse shows Liberty facing to the left, with the legend “E Pluribus Unum” from 7:00 to 3:00. The date is at 6:00, and there are 13 six-sided stars also around the rim – 7 to the left of the date, 6 to the right. It is named the Morgan Dollar after its engraver: George T. Morgan (his initial “M” is visible at liberties neckline).

1886-P US Dollar in MS63 PCGS slab Obverse

1886-P US Dollar in MS63 PCGS slab Obverse

The reverse shows an eagle perched above a wreath, with wings thrust upward at 45 degree angles. The legend around the rim from 8:00 to 4:00 reads “United States of America” and “One Dollar” from 7:00 to 5:00. The motto “In god we trust” is placed above the eagle, and the mint mark is at 6:00 under the wreath (if present – Morgan Dollars struck in Philadelphia have no mint mark). The eagle holds arrows and an olive branch in its talons – representing the potential for both war and peace.

1886-P US Dollar in MS63 PCGS slab Reverse

1886-P US Dollar in MS63 PCGS slab Reverse

Date: 1886

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 19,963,000, not counting the 886 proofs (63.5281% of the 31,423,886 minted at various mints that year)

Country of origin: United States

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper

Size: 38.1 mm

Weight: 26.73 grams (0.77344 oz ASW)

Other details: I won this coin in a raffle from the Dallas Coin Club. Not bad for $20, is it?

1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Obverse

1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Obverse

There are several varieties of this coin that have a nice collectible premium. For example, there’s the VAM-21 with a neat little die glitch on the designer’s initial on Liberty’s neck.

1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Reverse

1886 Morgan Silver Dollar Reverse

Estimated Value: $50-60

1964 Proof Cent slabbed PF68 * RD

This penny is a proof, slabbed in an NGC holder. It has a beautiful red sheen and a highly reflective surface that captures the light, softens it, and then bounces it back like a sun on the horizon. It’s a penny, so maybe I’m getting a bit carried away there.

1968 US Penny PF68 Obverse

1964 US Penny PF68 Obverse

The obverse shows President Abraham Lincoln in profile to the right. The legend “In god we trust” is written in raised letters from 10:00 to 2:00. The motto “Liberty” is to the left of Lincoln, in line with the back of his neck and his beard. The date is to the right of Lincoln’s bowtie and the mint mark (when present) is under the date.

1968 US Penny PF68 Reverse

1964 US Penny PF68 Reverse

The reverse shows the Lincoln Memorial under the country of origin “United States of America” written from 6:00 to 3:00 The legend “E Pluribus Unum” is written above the monument but below the inscription (that is Latin for “Out of many, one”). The denomination “One Cent” is written from 8:00 to 4:00.

Date: 1964

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 03,950,762 (0.1489% of the 2,652,525,762 minted that year)

Country of origin: United States

Composition: 95% copper, 5% tin & zinc

Size: 19 mm

Weight: 3.11 grams (0.1097 oz)

Other details: Due to hoarding issues caused by the switch from silver to clad coinage, the minting of proof pennies was suspended from 1965 to 1967.

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68 Reverse

Slabbed 1968 Proof Cent in PF68 Reverse

Estimated Value: $1-2 (although the slabbing does add another $4 or more, IMO)