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Coin collecting is a fun hobby anyone can enjoy, and there’s always something new to learn! When coin collectors have questions, L&C Coins gets answers. Our blog is a trusted source for coin collecting tips, advice on building your collection, and the latest coin news.

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From Dimes to Half Dollars: Your Guide to Barber Coinage

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The Barber coins, named after their designer Charles E. Barber, are a sought-after series of collectible coins recognizable for their identical iconic design. Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars are a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry of the United States Mint. But the Barber coinage series is more than just a collection of beautiful objects — it represents a unique moment in US history. This coin saw the turn of the 20th century, the birth of the modern era, the Spanish-American War, and an era of peace that ended at the same time as the coin with America’s entrance into the War to End All Wars.

With only a handful of rare exceptions, these iconic coins had high mintage, which means they aren't too hard to track down in circulated condition. And with just 25 years of minting, curating a complete Barber coin collection is actually quite feasible. In this guide to the series, you’ll learn more about Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars, including their rich history, key dates, and rare varieties.

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8 of the Rarest Nickels Ever Minted in the US

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Some of the same US nickels that could only buy a piece of candy or an ice cream cone at one time in history are worth millions of dollars today. But what turns an everyday nickel into the one of the world's rarest and most valuable?

Whether you're looking to expand your own knowledge as a coin-collecting connoisseur or hoping to discover one of these rare coins in your piggy bank, let’s explore eight of the rarest nickels ever minted in the US!


1. 1937-D Buffalo Nickel – Three Legs

The 1937-D Buffalo nickel is one of the rarest and most famous error coins of the 20th century. This now ultra-valuable die variety was created when a worker attempted to repair and perfect the surface of a coin die by polishing it. However, they over-polished the surface, removing most of the buffalo's front leg and some of the details of the back leg. Only the hoof of the buffalo can still be seen on the ground. While collectors should be aware of altered counterfeits, authentic 1937-D nickels can be worth quite a lot. In 2015, one was sold for $88,125.

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7 Most Rare Pennies — and What Makes Them Unique

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United States pennies are undoubtedly a history-rich, all-American coin. They have been well-utilized and cherished throughout numerous iconic periods of American history. With so many rare and valuable penny varieties, oddities in existence, these small coins are endlessly interesting to collect. 

There are a wide variety of ways that the most rare pennies came to be so rare. Some were minted during a low-mintage year, with only a few thousand ever being produced. Some feature an error or unique intended or unintended characteristic from the minting process. In this blog from L&C Coins, we’ll explore seven of the most rare pennies available on the market today — the pennies worth more than a penny!

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Your Coin Collecting Resource 

The experts at L&C Coins are here to make coin collecting fun, educational, and stress-free. Our coin collecting blog features: 

  • New releases and featured coins we’re adding to our inventory
  • Coin profiles to enhance your knowledge of your collection
  • Coin collecting guides to pique your interest in this historic hobby
  • Updates on when the most popular collectible coins are back in stock 

Becoming a savvier collector is one of the fastest ways to shape your collection into exactly what you want. Be the first to learn about the old and new in the coin world with help from L&C Coins.

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We’re Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) certified dealers — but more importantly than that, we’re also dedicated coin collectors. That means we not only have a deep knowledge of the coin world, but we also have a passion for sharing it and guiding you on your coin collecting journey.

As you shop for coins, the posts on the L&C Coins blog can help you make an informed choice about what’s best for your collection. Check out articles discussing new coins we’ve recently acquired or coins back in stock that we’re excited about. Learn about the latest news on upcoming mint releases. Read about the incredible history of the different kinds of coins we offer. All this and more here at L&C Coins.

Have a question we haven’t answered on our coin collecting blog yet? We’re always happy to help fellow collectors. To chat with a coin expert, message us online or call 1-800-669-0953. We look forward to meeting you!

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