Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Liberty V Nickel (1883 - 1912)



1908 Liberty V Nickel
In 1883, the Shield Nickel was replaced by the Liberty V Nickel or "Liberty Head" nickel designed by Charles E. Barber, Engraver of the Mint. This type of nickel first appeared without the word CENTS on the reverse. Some of these first coins were gold plated and passed for $5. To discourage fraudulent practices, the word CENTS was added on the reverse at the bottom, later that year. Inspired by a Greco-Roman marble head and the Morgan Dollar design, Barber featured a profile of Liberty on the obverse wearing a crown with the inscription LIBERTY. Miss Liberty was surrounded by 13 stars. The reverse displayed the value of the coin in Roman numerals surrounded by a wreath of wheat, corn and cotton. The No Cents Liberty V nickels had the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM visible at the bottom on reverse, while the Liberty V nickels with Cents had the motto above the wreath. Key dates of the Liberty V Nickel series include the 1885, 1886 and 1912-S.

Collectors of this coin series look for a couple popular dates. The 1885 and 1886 Liberty V Nickels are sought out because the production for these dates was interrupted during 1885-1886, and there are limited quanities of nickels with these dates. The 1888-89 Liberty Nickels are very rare in brilliant proofs with mirror fields and frosty devices. Some later proofs are found more often cleaned than not. Many dates of proofs come stained or spotty - the result of the chemically active paper in which the Mint shipped proof coins. In 1912, for the first time in the history of this denomination, working dies for the nickels were sent to the Denver and San Francisco mints. That's why the 1912-S key date and the 1912-D Liberty V Nickels are popular among collectors.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Liberty Head nickels in different grades and condition. Our selection includes early date 1883 No Cents Liberty V Nickels and 1883 With Cents Liberty V Nickels, and also key date Liberty V nickles such as the 1886 key date nickel and the 1912-S key date. All nickels we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your collection! 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kennedy Half Dollar (1964 - present)

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Mint started working on a design for the half dollar in the memory of the popular president. The coin was minted starting 1964. The obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar was designed by Gilroy Roberts, chief engraver of the Mint, and it portrayed John F. Kennedy facing left, surrounded at the top by LIBERTY. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed at the bottom, above the date. The reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro to display the president's coat of arms - an adaptation of the Great Seal of United States. The mintmark is located on the reverse below the olive branch in the eagle's right claw. The coins were very popular from the moment they were released in circulation. The Kennedy half was struck in silver only in 1964 and again from 1992 till present. The half dollar was also struck in silver clad and copper-nickel clad. Kennedy half dollar are also available in Uncirculated and Proof condition.

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Kennedy Half Dollars and Kennedy Half Dollar Proof Rolls. All half dollars we offer are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your collection! Check out our online selection below.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Roosevelt Dime (1946 - present)


1945 Roosevelt Dime
The Roosevelt Dime was designed by Jogn R. Sinnock in the memory of one of the most popular presidents of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Only a year after his death, Roosevelt got his portrait placed on the obverse of the U.S. dime. Around the left rim LIBERTY was inscribed. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed at the bottom left of the coin, while the date is at the bottom right below Roosevelt's neck. The sate on the dime was designed in a more modernistic character with heavier lettering. On the reverse, Sinnock replaced the fasces with a torch surrounded by an olive branch and an oak branch, symbols of peace. Just like it happened with the Franklin Half Dollar designed by the same person, the Roosevelt Dime raised political controversy about the designer's initials JS on the obverse. Bigots started spreading rumors that the JS initials stood for the Communist leader Joseph Stalin and it was a disgrace to the United States Mint. All dates and mintmarks of Roosevelt dimes were issued in huge quantities. Therefore, collectors will have no difficulty to locate any date of this type, in any grades at a low premium.

The Roosevelt Dime was struck in silver until 1964. From 1965 on, they were made of copper-nickel bonded to inner core of pure copper. Therefore, there are two types of Roosevelt dimes: Type 1 Silver (1946-1964 and 1992-present) and Type 2 Clad (1965-present).

The Executive Coin Company is one of the top coin dealers in United States who offers a variety of Roosevelt Dimes in different grades and condition, certified and graded by PCGS. Our selection includes early date dimes with beautiful toning or mirror-like surfaces and full luster. We also offer Silver Roosevelt Dime Proof Rolls. All dimes we display are expertly photographed with great care and accuracy to help you make the best choice for your unique collection! Check out our online selection below.