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Thursday, October 18, 2007


The newer type silver dollar was called the "Peace" type. These were not made in great numbers. By the 1920's the silver dollar was already becoming less popular due to the increasing use of paper money. Notice the Roman alphabet used in "IN GOD WE TRUST".

Liberty Seated Quarter and Half

These dimes, quarters and halfs were designed by the same man, Charles E. Barber, and are known as "Barber type". These dimes were thin to begin with, and got VERY thin as they wore out. This dime was minted from 1892 to 1916.

Liberty Seated Quarter

The Barber quarter was very similar to the dime. It was made from 1892 to 1916, preceeded by a "Liberty Seated Quarter", which looked like the dime, 1838 to 1891.

Nickel and NEITHER coin

There was a time when you could get change for a nickel and NEITHER coin would be a penny! The copper two-cent piece was only minted from 1864 to 1873. I wonder what they called it besides "the two-cent piece"?

Nickel Three-cent Piece

The other coin in your change for a nickel was a nickel three-cent piece! It was made from 1865 to 1889 and was smaller and thinner than a 5 cent nickel; just about the size of a dime. The confusion it caused must have hurried its demise. The mint makes this same mistake once every other generation or so.

Little U.S

The most curious little U.S. coin was the little silver three-cent piece! (1851 to 1873) I can't imagine what possessed the people at the mint when they came up with THIS one. Remind me to read up on it and report back to you later!