The Silver Dollar Scoop — A Coin Collecting Blog

How much is a 1972 Silver Dollar worth? September 16 2014

Wondering how much your old "Ike" dollar is worth?  Read below to learn the value of a 1972 silver dollar.   The Eisenhower dollar series, created to commemorate the late president, was produced from 1971-1978.  All of the dollar coins produced for circulation among the general public were made of a copper-nickel alloy, the same used in U.S. quarters, dimes and half dollars.  A few special types of "Ikes" were struck...

eBay Bidding Strategies - Tips for How to Win Auctions September 14 2014

As an active eBay buyer for nearly a decade, I've developed a fair number of bidding strategies to maximize my chances of winning the item I want at a good price.  And as an eBay powerseller, I've also gained a perspective on how sellers think and act.  In this article, I'm going to share with you a few of my most effective tips and tricks for buyers looking to score big....

Half Dollar Value - How much are Copper-nickel and Silver Half Dollars Worth? July 08 2014

Just want to get to the half dollar price guide?  Click that link or scroll down.     In this article, I will discuss the values of Kennedy half dollars, minted from 1964 to the present.  The Kennedy half dollar, as you might guess, was created to honor President John F. Kennedy. After his assassination in 1963, Congress quickly and unanimously passed a bill to replace the half dollar's current Benjamin...

Where to find Ancient Roman Coins April 13 2014

The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful civilizations in human history.  At its peak, the Empire encompassed modern-day Britain, France, Spain, half of Germany, northern Africa, Asia Minor, and the entire Mediterranean region.  The Western Roman Empire lasted nearly 600 years, and the Eastern Roman Empire lingered on for another 1000 years as the "Byzantine" Empire.   Because of their immense historical significance, Roman Empire coins are in...

How to Safely, Securely, and Affordably Ship Coins March 03 2014

As an affirmed numismatic addict, I purchase a large number of coins from eBay every month.  Whenever I receive a new package or envelope in the mail, I cross my fingers hoping that the seller managed to ship the coins safely and securely.  Unfortunately, A+ shipping seems to be the exception rather than the rule.  I’ve received many a coin taped directly to a piece of paper or just haphazardly...

How to Properly Handle Coins February 15 2014

For chunks of metal, coins are surprisingly delicate objects.  A single misplaced fingertip can lead to damaged luster or a permanent fingerprint, and woe betide you if your fingers slip while removing a coin from a stapled cardboard 2X2.  But preventing such catastrophes requires little more than a steady hand and common sense.  In this article, I’m going to run through a couple of the basic do’s and don’ts for...

Lucius Cornelius Sulla - A (Numismatic) Profile February 10 2014

Lucius Cornelius Sulla was one of the most important figures of the late Roman Republic.  An extremely-skilled general and politician, Sulla aligned himself with the Optimates, Roman aristocrats who sought to limit the power of the Roman people and extend the power of the elite Senate.  The Optimates were opposed by the Populares headed by the ambitious and powerful Gaius Marius, who sought to gain the favor of the Roman people at the expense of...

How To Tell The Difference Between Artificially & Naturally Toned Coins October 30 2013

For those unfamiliar with the term, toning is a catchall word used to describe the coloration resulting from various chemical reactions that take place on the surface of a coin.  Toned coins can range the spectrum—from jet-black to a multicolored rainbow. In the marketplace, attractively toned coins can demand substantial premiums and often sell for two times, three times...even as much as ten times the price of a equivalent untoned...

The Optimal Times for Buying and Selling Coins on eBay October 17 2013

As with any website, eBay has periods of heavy and light traffic.  In the early evening, when most Americans are at home after work, you might expect that lots of people are using eBay.  And when more people are using eBay, more people are bidding on each item.  But go onto eBay in the middle of the night, and odds are that you’ll be competing with fewer bidders.  But what...

Value of 1921 Silver Dollar October 08 2013

In 1921, two types of US silver dollars were struck.  1921 saw the end of the Morgan Dollar series, which had begun in 1878. 1921 Morgan Dollars were produced at the following mints: Philadelphia (no mintmark), San Francisco (S mintmark), and Denver (D mintmark).  1921 also saw the beginning of the Peace Dollar series, the final series of silver dollars produced by the US, which lasted until 1935.  1921 Peace...

Valuable Coins in Circulation October 03 2013

Getting The Most Out Of Your Pocket Change While the likelihood of finding a 1909-S VDB penny decreases with each year, many rare and valuable coins can still be found in ordinary pocket change.  In this article, I'm going to point out a few of the more valuable coins to keep an eye out for.     Old Silver Coins Pre-1965 US dimes, quarters, and half dollars were all struck...

List of Coin Collecting Terms - A Numismatic Glossary September 25 2013

This continually-updated glossary is an attempt to provide a list of some of the most common terms for coin collecting beginners, kids, adults, and experienced numismatists alike.     About Good (AG 3) - A coin with very heavy wear.  While all the main features remain, the date and other minor features may be partially worn away.  Generally considered a collectible grade for scarcer coins.   About/Almost Uncirculated (AU 50-58)...

Collecting Ancient Roman Coins, Part 1: The Roman Republic September 19 2013

Want to find out where to buy Ancient Roman coins?  Learn more here.     Ancient Roman coins hold a powerful attraction for many collectors—Roman coins make up the second largest market within numismatics, behind only U.S. coins.  But to new collectors, the field of ancient coins can seem impossibly confusing, full of strange names and Latin words.  In this article, I’m going to show you that collecting Roman coins...

The Lost Art - A Retrospective Look At U.S. Coinage September 09 2013

Let's face it, modern U.S. coins are boring.  Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Washington, Kennedy—while it's important to recognize and honor our greatest presidents, I don't think anybody would argue that any of the coins within our current lineup are particularly beautiful or noteworthy.  What's worse, the U.S. Mint has turned into a profit-grabbing institution with no sense of creativity.  First came the 50 States quarters: a fairly interesting series with a...

How Much Are Silver Dollars Worth? - Eisenhower Dollar Value September 02 2013

If you're looking for a price guide and don't want to read the full article, click here or scroll down.  If you'd like to see the silver dollar coins we currently have for sale, click here.   In previous articles, I talked about how to value earlier series of U.S silver dollars, like Morgan and Peace dollars (produced 1878-1935) as well as Trade dollars (1873-1885).  In today's article, I'm going to discuss a...

How Much Is A Silver Dollar Worth? - Trade Dollars August 27 2013

In last Friday's blogpost, I discussed how to value U.S. Morgan dollars (1878-1921) and Peace dollars (1921-1935).  In today's post, I'm going to write about a lesser-known American silver dollar—the Trade dollar.   Unlike the Morgan and Peace dollars, Trade dollars were never intended to circulate within the U.S.  They were produced exclusively for the purposes of international commerce, designed to compete with the silver dollar-size coins of other nations...

How Much Is A Silver Dollar Worth? - Peace and Morgan Dollar Values August 23 2013

Just as with other coins, there are many factors that go into determining a silver dollar's value.  But simplifying everything down, what makes one silver dollar worth more than another?  The answer is mintage.  The number of coins produced in a year determines each date's relative rarity.  For example, most Morgan silver dollars have mintages in the low millions of coins.  The few dates and mintmark combinations that have mintages...

Where to Find Great Coin Deals (Part 2) August 19 2013

In Part 1, posted last Saturday, I discussed 5 locations for finding great coin deals.  Here are 5 more!   6. Flea markets Flea markets have been described as garage sales on steroids.  They sometimes stretch for what appear to be miles, and the amount of "stuff" for sale is almost beyond comprehension.  In this apparently never-ending field of used goods one can usually find at least a few tables featuring...

Where to Find Great Coin Deals (Part 1) August 17 2013

Like many hobbies, coin collecting has its share of great stories.  I've heard tale after tale of a friend or fellow collector who found the perfect coin by complete and total accident.  Sometimes it's a silver dollar used as part of a purchase at a fast-food restaurant. Or maybe it's a Walking Liberty half dollar that turned up in your grocery store change.   But how do you put yourself in...

What Are My Coins Worth? - Old Coin Values August 16 2013

As a professional numismatist and a guy who's known to be crazy about coins, this is a question I get asked a lot.  And if you're looking to sell your coins, the answer becomes very important.     Let's say Jim just inherited some old silver coins from his grandfather, perhaps a few Morgan dollars, and decides he wants to sell them.  Jim doesn't know anything about coins, so he...

Why Are Silver Dollars Valuable? August 12 2013

You may be asking yourself, what's the point of spending $40 or more on a coin with a face value of only $1?   Yes, it's true, if you take a silver dollar on your next grocery shopping trip you'll be able to buy little more than a couple candy bars or maybe a small bag of Cheetos.  But if you decide to waste your silver dollar by spending it, you've...

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