Category Archives: U.S. Coin Basics

Interested in Coin Collecting – Ask Beth

A website visitor and blog reader contacted me this week with the following question: Dear Beth, I recently retired and decided to get out of the stock market. I have become very interested in starting a coin collection with the intent of leaving it to my grandchildren. Hopefully they will be able to see a sizable  profit […]

Coin Basics: 50 States Quarter Program prove Americans like change

The 50 States quarter program proved Americans like change. From the outset in 1999, the public embraced the new designs, providing undeniable proof the mindset long engrained at the United States Treasury — that Americans would find new circulating designs confusing and therefore reject them was premised on nothing more than bureaucratic inertia. Rep. Michael […]

U.S. Coin Basics: Native American Dollar Coin

Few Americans ever encountered a Sacagawea dollar coin in circulation. But Native Americans took pride in the fact that Sacagawea, the young Shoshone who was a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Pacific Northwest from 1803 to 1806, was selected to grace the obverse of the circulating dollar coin introduced […]

U.S. Coin Basics: Presidential Dollar Coin

Could third attempt be a charm for small dollar coin? Within two years of introduction in 2000, it was evident the Sacagawea dollar would suffer the same fate as its predecessor, the Anthony dollar. Given a choice, the public would choose the $1 note rather than a dollar coin. Although studies suggested a dollar coin […]

U.S. Coin Basics: Sacagawea Dollar

The dollar coin never encountered by most Americans After years of trying to trying to downplay what many had considered one of the United States’ greatest coinage failures, the U.S. Treasury Department on Oct. 21, 1997, did an about face. In testimony before the House Banking Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Nancy Killefer, […]