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Poarch Creek Indian Tribe Silver Dollar: 2006 Chief Tomochichi Coin

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This coin was minted by the Poarch Creek Indian Nation. It is in a plastic airtight container, and I would guess the grade in the MS65 to MS69 range. The obverse shows Chief Tomochichi, holding a scroll in one hand … Continue reading

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2006 Poarch Creek Indian Pow Wow Silver Dollar

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This coin was minted by the Poarch Creek Indian Nation. It is in a plastic airtight container, and I would grade it somewhere between MS62 and MS70. The obverse shows a Creek Indian riding an unsaddled horse toward the right. … Continue reading

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2004 Skydancer Silver Dollar from the Poarch Creek Indian Nation

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This coin was minted by the Poarch Creek Indian Nation. It is in a plastic airtight container, but has a hint of toning at 3:00 on the obverse. I would guess the grade in the MS65-69 range. The obverse shows … Continue reading

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso: a tough peso to find

The 1912 silver peso was hard for me to find – it took me quite a while to find this one at a price I was willing to pay. I think it conservatively grades EF40, and may garner an EF45.

1912 was the last year that this coin was made, and the mintage numbers weren’t particularly high. That, combined with a century of disinterest in the coin has led to a severe shortage in high grades. American pesos circulated widely throughout Asia as trade coinage, and many were damaged with chopmarks or assay slices.

On the obverse, Liberty is shown pounding on the forge of freedom. It was designed by Melecio Figueroa and there is some speculation that the young Filipina woman shown on the coin was based on his daughter. She is wearing a flowing dress, similar to the garb of Liberty on other period coinage. The obverse of the coin shows Liberty in the act of one-handedly striking an anvil with a hammer while her other  hand holds an olive branch. In the background is Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “One Peso” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Obverse with Liberty

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with symbols from the American flag. At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. To the left of the year is the mint mark (“S” for San Francisco). Coins with no mint mark were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

US Philippines 1912 Silver Peso - Reverse with Eagle on Shield

Identification code: Philippines KM-172

Date: 1912

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 680,000

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: 80% Silver (0.5144 oz ASW)

Size: 38 mm

Weight: 20 grams (0.5144 oz ASW)

Estimated Value: $80-150

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)

1912 Silver Peso - (0.5144 oz ASW)
1912 Silver Peso – (0.5144 oz ASW)

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)