Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017-P Shield Cent

A Philadelphia mint mark on a cent! What?

Surprise the United States Mint added the P on the cent for the first time ever to honor the 225th Anniversary, April, 2 1792-2017, of the mint and to honor the staff at Philadelphia Mint.

Obverse of 2017-P Shield Cent, Lincoln
Reverse of 2017-P Shield Cent

So who suggested this small but huge change? 
It was the mint employees themselves, that must be the coolest suggestion box in our government. The follow through was done by the mints officials without any laws. Why? Because a minor change like mint marks does not need any federal approval. Designs, compositions, and inscriptions do need approval so everything that is not under those rules is up to the mint officials.

More surprises are expected some will be by law but some may just pop up so keep up that change hunting. (Of course they have no extra value but it is a cool collectors item.)

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Cent  / United States
Year: 2017-P
Mintage: Not Yet Known
Metal: 97.5% Zinc, 2.5% Copper
Value: $0.01 in EF-40

Do you have a cent and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

1990 Japan 10 Yen

This is a very dark coin that I got as a penny. On closer look it was actually a 10 yen coin from Japan. Not rare but seldom seen in my change I believe because the distance from here to Japan makes travel something only the wealthier population enjoys.

Reverse of 1990 Japan 10 Yen, date, wreath
Obverse of 1990 Japan 10 Yen, Phoenix Hall, Hōōdō Temple
The design of this coin has gone unchanged since 1951. The biggest change from previous issues is the date. This one is Year 2 which is a Heisei era coin under the emperor Akihito. The previous was Emperor Hirohito whose coinage bears the Shōwa era symbols. Upon the emperor's death it will change again starting from year 1 and counting up until death.

Here are the stats...
Type/Country: 10 Yen / Japan
Year: 1990 (Year 2)
Mintage: 754,753,000
Metal: Bronze
Value: $0.15 in Extra-Fine

Exchange rate is also about $0.09.

Do you have a coin from Japan and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Monday, January 30, 2017

1988 Canada Dollar

There are a lot of things we learned from our Canadian neighbors. How to make a golden dollar is what we will focus on here, maybe hockey another day.

Reverse of 1988 Canada Dollar, Loon
Obverse of 1988 Canada Dollar, Queen Elizabeth II
It has been 30 years of the golden Canadian dollar, previously they used a 100% nickel dollar but that was getting expensive. Switching to a Aureate-Bronze Plated Nickel saved some money but also made the coin more distinguishable in the circulating coins.

United States of America having issues with dollar coins tried again in 2000 with somewhat of a success. Making the coin golden made it better to accept among consumers and businesses. Unfortunately we still prefer dollar bills since they are lighter and traditional.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 1 Dollar / Canada
Year: 1988
Mintage: 138,893,539
Metal: Aureate-Bronze Plated Nickel: 91.5% Nickel, 8.5% Bronze
Value: $1.00 in Very-Fine (although exchange rate as of January 30, 2017 has it $0.74)

Do you have a dollar from Canada and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1967 Washington Quarter

50th anniversary of the 1967 quarter. Yet after this much time still no extra value, especially since it has been circulated.

Obverse of 1967 Washington Quarter, Liberty, In God We Trust
Reverse of 1967 Washington Quarter, Eagle, United States of America
This is a clad quarter meaning it has a copper core and a reverse and and obverse layer of copper-nickel mix. From a manufacturing point of view coins should last long enough to survive heavy circulation yet can be made relatively cheaply. Seeing how this 1967 coin has been around for fifty years it was designed correctly.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents / United States
Year: 1967
Mintage: 1,524,031,848
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a quarter from America and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2002 Dominican Republic 1 Peso

Although the Dominican Republic is close by and a tourist destination I do not find the coins in my change as often as I use to. The exchange value is low and using them in meters or vending machines is not possible anymore.

Reverse of 2002 Dominican Republic 1 Peso, Republica Dominicana, arms
Overse of 2002 Dominican Republic 1 Peso, Padre de la Patria
At least in New York City people use to get Dominican quarters and use them to feed parking meters. Since the exchange value was low $10 dollars of was like $100 in Dominican quarters, after dealers fees, and would sometimes work in vending machines. Thanks to new coin reading technology, more expensive meters and vending machines, and easier credit/debit card usage this made large Dominican coin scams harder to use.


This one looks like a U.S. dollar coin so it may have passed as one somewhere. I got it as a quarter.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Centavos / Dominican Republic
Year: 2002
Mintage: 80,000,000
Metal: Copper-Nickel
Value: $0.50 in Very-Fine

Do you have coin from the Dominican Republic and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2013-D Great Basin Quarter

Took a while to get the Denver version of this common America the Beautiful quarter but that is because I am on the far east coast.

Reverse of 2013-D Great Basin quarter, Nevada, tree
Reverse of 2013-D Great Basin quarter, mint mark, Washington
More of the Denver version of this coin was minted mainly because there was more demand for it. The western portion of America has a largely population mostly because of California. The largely population uses more coins so when bank on the west side of the country run low on any type of coin they order more from the the closest Federal Reserve which in this case it is the Denver mint.

I may have skipped some steps on how local banks get new money from mints but it basically is there.

Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 25 Cents - Great Basin / United States
Year: 2013-P
Mintage: 141,400,000
Metal: 91.67% Copper 8.33% Nickel
Value: $0.25 in F-12

Do you have a quarter from America and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.