US Coin Pictures

I've moved from collecting US coins since they became extremely expensive for the purposes of historical illustration. Here are a few left over pieces

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Colonial New Jersey, Cent 1787 (choice AU)
Early American Numismatics Auction: March 21, 1992, lot# 99

Here's a link to an article on Counterfeting Operations in China. It's not illegal to counterfeit any coins there except Chinese coins issued since 1949.
Modern Chinese Counterfeits of United States Coins

1797  Bust Dollar
Small Eagle reverse
Dan Sedwick Treasure Auction
early 2013, Winter Park, FL, lot 362

Normally the cardinal rule of Small Eagle Bust Dollars is that they have problems. If they aren't slabbed, then they almost certainly have problems. However, I took a chance on this one as the whole US collection being sold at that auction wasn't slabbed. Also I always wanted one of these but only where one could see the breast feathers on the Eagle.

It is my belief that this beautiful reverse design was discontinued as we were on the verge of a Naval War with the New French Republic in 1797 and we wanted a more martial appearing design for our coinage. Hence the Hereldic Eagle replaced this design in 1798 as seen on the 1806 half dollar (see below).

Draped Bust Half 1806 (AU)

Some years ago I placed a "Wanted" ad in Coin World to buy any Draped Bust Half in very choice AU for $900. Someone, I think from MD, sent me this one. At the time it wasn't my idea of a choice AU so I countered with an $825 offer and it was accepted. It just goes to show that those CW ads do occasionally pay off. I think this coin would probably slab AU-55 today but then you couldn't read the edge lettering.


I have to get the full obverse & reverse image pages working so you can see the Hereldic Eagle reverse which replaced the small eagles on our coinage starting around 1798.

Capped Bust Half 1830 (AU)


1878-S  Trade dollar   (uncirculated)

This is an 1878-S  US Trade dollar

1880-P dollar
 (Proof Like select uncirculated)

This is a gold dollar comtemporary with the Morgan dollar issues. You can tell that the US was not concentrating on making gold dollars as only 1636 pieces were made for circulation.

1927 20 dollars
 uncirculated (PCGS-64)

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