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American Heroes Enshrined on our Coinage

It is common knowledge that circulating coinage portrays many of the United States most revered heroes.  Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Washington, Franklin, Kennedy, Susan B Anthony, Sacagawea, Eisenhower, and many other deceased American Presidents.

Known to a lesser degree are American Heroes (and foreigners) portrayed on somewhat obscure coins issued by the United States mint.  Although I could provide an exhaustive list, instead I shall list the names of individuals which are lesser known to most Americans but do appear on United States coinage.  Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, Prince William the Silent, Crispus Attucks, Dolley Madison, Ellinor Dare, Virginia Dare, William Wyatt Bibb, Thomas Kilby, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, King Kamehameha I, Moses Cleaveland, Ira Allen, Robert Chelsey, Kelcy Stefansson, Caesar Rodney, and John Pell.  Below are photographs of these coins captioned with the names of the individuals who appear on them.  I will leave it up to you to discover the contributions of these individuals to American Culture and the history of the issuance of the coins themselves.


Collecting United States Morgan Silver Dollars.

Morgan silver dollars are a very popular collected series of U.S. coins. Issued from 1878-1904 and 1921 they are the largest denomination silver coin issued by the United States Mint. Completing a set in circulated condition (without the 1895-P) can be completed by the collector on a budget from $7,000 to $10,000. For a well financed collector, the skies the limit for a set in uncirculated condition. A basic set would consist of 95 coins not including the very expensive 1895-P and 10 others “specialty” coin such as overdates and varities. A set of 95 coin would include coins from 5 mints: Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The most difficult (pricey) coins to attain in this series are the coins dated 1893, 1894, 1895, and the silver dollars issued from the Carson City, Nevada mint and the 1903-O. Many collectors obtain the inexpensive coins first and then give up on the set when discovering the expense for the last 23 or so coins. The contrarian collector might strategize to obtain the most difficult coins first and then obtain the lesser expensive remaining 72 coins. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Good collecting!

Spring Valley National Bank Notes

Above is an example of a $20 1929 Spring Valley National Bank Note, Charter Number 7896.  Prior to 1930 federal government allowed “home town banks” to issue their own money.  The name of the bank, town, and state were printed on these notes.

Many collectors enjoy collecting these notes from their home towns and surrounding communities.  Over 12,000 National Bank Notes were issued from different towns throughout all 50 states.  Good luck collecting all 12,000 from the different towns!!

In 1929 $20 was quite a bit of money and the note photographed above could be exchanged for a $20 gold coins at your local bank.  Gold coins have increased quite a bit in value over the last hundred years compared to the $20 National Bank Notes.

Regardless we buy both gold coins and currency at Coinologist.  If you have any notes from Xenia Ohio, Spring Valley Ohio, Dayton Ohio, Springfield Ohio, London Ohio, Troy Ohio, Lebanon Ohio, Wilmington Ohio, Washington Court House Ohio and surrounding communities Coinologist is always buying.

Renditions Of Liberty

We are a young country of 241 years, American heroes did not appear on our circulating coinage until 1859. Native American Indian first appeared on our cents in 1859.

In 1909 Abraham Lincoln appeared on our cent. 1932 George Washington appeared on the quarter. 1946 Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared on the dime. 1948 Benjamin Franklin appeared on the half dollar.

On the one dollar coin we’ve had appearances of Sacagawea, Susan B. Anthony as we’ll as many deceased Presidents. Prior to American heroes on coinage, Miss Liberty, our nations symbol elegantly appeared on our circulating coinage beginning 1793.

She rendered herself standing, walking, seated, and in portrait. Her portrait appearances were flowing hair, draped bust, capped bust, liberty capped, braided hair, coronet design, and classic head. If you have not examined our beautiful American coinage, enjoy.

Appraisal Guide


Appraisal Rates: There is no charge for consulting with you to determine if an appraisal of your collection is warranted.

Should an appraisal be necessary, we would give you our best estimate of the time required to complete the appraisal.

Generally it has been our habit to provide free verbal appraisals. However if the magnitude of the material for verbal appraisal is extremely extensive (for example boxes and boxes of material) we would charge our appraisal rate of $125 per hour.

If we purchase the collection no appraisal fee is charged.

Types of Appraisals: We provide verbal and formal written appraisals. Formal written appraisals are sometimes required by a court (usually an estate in probate court), and for insurance purposes, and many other reasons.

Courts generally want a liquidation (wholesale) valuation, whereas an appraisal for insurance purposes require replacement (retail) valuation. Occasionally a client desires an appraisal to determine the value for their own peace of mind and have no intention whatsoever to sell the collection.

General Instructions to Prepare a Collection for Appraisal
1) If coins are in albums, leave the coins in place and do not try to remove them. Some collections may be in 3 ring binders with plastic pages. Organize the pages by type, using the guidelines below.

Under no circumstance should you attempt to clean any coins in any way!
2) If coins are in hard plastic or boxed holders, leave them intact.
3) If coins are in rolls, and are labeled, leave them intact.
4) Organize loose coins by each type of coin by placing each type listed below into plastic baggies with a number count on a label or masking tape on each bag. Do not mix coin types within the bags. Sort as follows:

A. Cents
1) Lincoln, Memorial Reverse
2) Lincoln, Wheat Reserve
3) Indian Cents 1880 to 1909
4) Indian Cents prior to 1880
5) Flying Eagle Cents
6) Large Cents 1793-1857

B. Nickels

1) Jefferson Head.
2) Buffalo or Indian Head (Full Date)
3) Buffalo or Indian Head (Partial Date)
4) Buffalo or Indian Head (No Date)
5) Liberty Head or V type
6) Shield Type

C. Dimes
1) Roosevelt Head Prior to 1965
2) Lincoln or Mercury Head Dimes
3) Barber Head Dimes
4) Liberty Seated Dimes
5) Bust Dimes

D. Quarters
1) Washington Head Quarters prior to 1965
2) Standing Liberty Quarters
3) Walking Liberty Half Dollars
4) Barber Head Quarters
5) Seated Liberty Quarters

E. Half Dollars
1) Kennedy Head Half Dollars prior to 1971
2) Franklin Head Half Dollars
3) Walking Liberty Half Dollars
4) Barber Head Half Dollars
5) Seated Liberty Half Dollars
6) Bust Half Dollars

F. Silver Dollars.
1) Eisenhower Dollars
2) Liberty Head or Peace Dollars
3) Morgan Dollars
4) Seated Liberty Dollars
5) Early Flowing Hair and Bust Dollars

G. World Coins

5) If any World Coins are in hard plastic, cardboard or boxed holders, leave them intact.
6) Organize loose World Coins into the following groups by placing each type listed below into plastic baggies with the number count on a label or masking tape on each bag.
A. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1965
B. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1900, but before 1965
C. Copper, Aluminum and Nickel coins after 1800, but before 1900
D. Silver coins after 1965
E. Silver coins after 1900, but before 1965
F. Silver coins after 1800, but before 1900
G. All coins dated between 1700 and 1800
H. All coins dated before 1700

I. Gold Coins
J. World Coin Proof sets and boxes should be lift in their original holders

7) All United States Proof, Mint and Commemorative Sets, envelopes and boxes should be left in their original holders, unopened and organized by year.
8) Tokens and Miscellaneous materials should be sorted separately by type.
9) Unfold paper money and place flat in an envelope, ensuring as few bends as possible to the note and its corners. (On very old paper, be very careful.)
10) Put all items that are unknown or unlisted above in a separate container.
11) If not at our office please provide us with a well-lighted, quiet area with a flat work space. Normally a desk, conference or boardroom table is adequate.
12) After the appraisal has been completed, it is best to keep it organized and labeled as we have specified until you make a decision concerning your plans for the collection.
13) Long-term storage can present a problem concerning the types of containers used. Some coin or currency containers will actually cause damage the longer it has contact with an item. We will advise you which storage containers are best and which containers should be discarded.

Whatever your decision is, be sure to secure the collection. It has been estimated that one in three collections will be stolen. Bank safety boxes, if available, are excellent for most valuable items.

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