Thursday 24 October 2013
Oct 24
It certainly took a lot of clicking but double mike is now the 3rd CoinBragger to rack up more than 10,000 bragger tokens!

Mike has been a member of CoinBrag for nearly 4 years now and in that time he's added some really cool coins to the website. You can see the photos he's added here: double mike's coins on CoinBrag

In addition, he also has a pretty informative website on Washington Type-B Reverse Quarters. Don't know what a type B is? Check out his website here: Washington Type-B Reverse Quarters

Thanks a lot for all of your hard work! The thousands of people who have viewed your photos appreciate it as well.

So who is going to be the next to reach 10,000 bragger tokens?

written by Nicholas

Monday 21 October 2013
Oct 21
Charles Edward Barber, perhaps one of America's most famous Chief Engravers for the U.S. Mint, was born on November 16th, 1840 and passed away on February 18th, 1917, at the age of 76. Charles Barber brought about many coins, such as the Barber dime, quarter, and half dollar. Other lesser known examples of his work are the Four Dollar Gold Stella piece, as well as the Liberty Head (V) Nickel.

Charles Barber was born in London in 1840, but traveled to America with his family in 1852. Charles was a third generation engraver. Charles learned from his father, who had learned the art from Charles's grandfather. Charles's father, William Barber, was appointed as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint shortly after arrival in America. Charles was appointed as an assistant to his father, making a total of four dollars a day in 1877. Charles did not show near as many skills as his father while working as his apprentice. When William Barber passed away from bathing in the cold ocean, Charles took the job over from is father, though some thought that George T. Morgan would be better for the job, after designing the famous Morgan silver dollar.

In the March of 1875, Charles Barber married his first wife, Martha E. Jones. The couple had one child, Edith. Martha Jones passed away in 1898. It only took Charles 4 years to get wed again. Charles was remarried on December 3rd, 1902 to Caroline Gaston. This relationship did not produce any children.

As Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Charles E. Barber put 5 different U.S. coins into circulation. The gold four dollar Stella coin, created mainly for trade with foreign nations, did not manage to last long before production ceased. The Barber silver coins (dime, quarter, and half dollar) faired a little better, being produced for 24 years ( 1892-1916). Charles Barber submitted several other designs to reform America's coinage, but all of them were shot down for the dime, quarter, and half dollar. He finally won approval with the 'Barber' design. The Liberty Head, or 'V', nickel was the longest lasting of Charles Barber's circulating coins, being minted from 1883 until 1913 (30 years).

Charles Barber was once known as the 'enemy' to president Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt thought that Barber's coins were dull and lifeless, and sought to renew the design of every circulating coin from the lowly one cent piece, all the way up to the mighty double eagle. Theodore Roosevelt wanted Augustus St. Gaudens to perform this task, which left Charles Barber in an outrage. Charles thought that he should have the right to redesign the coins, since he was the Chief Designer. He argued that St. Gaudens had no history of working for the United States Mint. In the end, Augustus St. Gaudens only got to redesign one coin, the twenty dollar gold Double Eagle. Charles Barber continued to be the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint until 1917, when he passed away.

For further reading, check our article on the 1894-S Barber Dime, one of the scarcest U.S. coins minted.

written by Nicholas

Thursday 17 October 2013
Oct 17
Last April, I wrote an article about Canada's glow-in-the-dark quarter. The mint was selling the coins for $29.95 and as of right now, eBay is showing sold prices at $80 or more per coin. You can see the current active listings on eBay here:active listings with bids. When I looked just now, the cheapest auction with bids was over $50.

So did anyone get one of these coins from the mint when they were $30? Honestly, I had forgotten all about the coin or I might have snagged one.

written by Nicholas

Oct 17
It looks like over the last few days we've been hit with a wave of spam bots. In the last 24 hours alone we've had 3,000 user registrations and all from these bots.

I'll be doing what I can over the next day or so to combat these guys. I've also been deleting their user registrations. So if you've joined in the last 24 hours and suddenly find yourself without a user account here, then I deleted you by mistake and I apologize.

written by Nicholas

Friday 02 August 2013
Aug 02
Fox 31 in Denver recently took a chance after seeing the Word Reserve Money Exchange's advertisement offering free silver coins along with purchase of overflowing bags of rare coins. The bags cost $138 and the bag they received had about $40 worth of coins according to the coin dealer they spoke with. You can read the article and watch the 2.5 minute video here: Fox 31 News Story. I notice the World Reserve's website is not ranked very high (much lower than CoinBrag) which means they must not get much traffic. I also couldn't find an ad for these bags on their site.

So have any of you purchased lots from places like this? How did you fare?

I hope I don't seem like a hypocrite posting about fraud in mystery coin bag sales when I sell grab bags of coins. I like to think I'm a bit different though. I don't promise riches or instant wealth. My bags are cool because if you're interested in coins from many countries there's some good variety in them which to me is the greatest value of all. Of course I do buy coins worth more than the bags cost and I put them in bags but those are rare and the expense is covered by increase overall sales. I like to think of them more as "icing on the cake" than promises of riches.

Special thanks to Coinbragger Double Mike for bringing this story to my attention!

written by Nicholas

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Current Coins in Circulation Among the Republic of India
Monday 15 April 2013 - 14:56:14

Here's a fairly large article covering India's modern coins. Starting with the fading 50 paise coins to the 10 rupee.