Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Rachel Perez, Sep 17, 2019.
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First off sorry for your loss.
While I can't speak for the Half dollars anymore than to say they are well circulated but still worth at least the melt value of the silver in them.
Now the Morgan dollars can be a little different. This is one of the most common US Silver Dollars that people collect. Unless there is some sort of problem with the coin most of them will be worth more than melt. I am not talking a lot of money here, but enough that it might be worth getting them looked at.
If you have any Uncirculated Morgans or any that have a little CC (Carson City Mint) on the bottom of the reverse these could be worth quite a bit over melt.
The Eisenhower dollars are commonly referred to as "silver" Dollars. This is misleading. Most Ikes actually have no silver in them. If they have a P or D mint mark they are not silver and worth $1 unless they are UNC. These have to be really high grade to be worth much at all. All 1971-1973 Ikes with the S mint mark are 40% silver and unless they are high grade or still in their original government packaging they are basically worth melt. As for the 1974 &1976 S Ikes, look on the edge, if you don't see any copper showing it is most likely 40% silver. There were no silver Ikes issued after 1976
I agree that eBay can be a good source for pricing by seeing what the coins sell for. The Red book, as previously mentioned, is also a good resource for info on identifying coins and other info. Do not use this as a price guide though.
As mentioned, pick up a copy of the Redbook- you can find it at pretty much any good-sized bookstore.
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@Rachel Perez ! Please accept my condolences for your loss.
Everyone has pretty much given you the best advice.
May I make a suggestion? Why not turn this into a chance to start a part-time hobby! Buy an empty folder or album, "Coins of the 20th Century." You can get them from Littleton Coin Company or H.E. Harris. They're selling on ebay for $7.50 or even less. Here's an example and there are tons of others:
Then have fun finding all the coins and filling the album! Hey, you already have the "big ones" (Morgan Dollar, Ikes, Benjamins, Kennedies, etc.)! Along the way, you'll find out so many fun things (like I did when I got my "hand-me-down" collection). For example, did you know that Ben Franklin was the first non-President to be on a coin? Take a look at the eagle on the reverse side of your Morgan Dollar. When it was first minted, it had a nice, symmetrical 8 tail feathers. There's no such thing in real-life and the Mint had to change it. 1921 (yours) was the last year it was minted. As for the Liberty Bell on the reverse of your Franklin Half, you can read up on FBL (Full Bell Lines) and what they are. For me, it was so informative and fun, that I wouldn't sell any of it.
Then....TAKE YOUR TIME. Don’t get in a hurry. To do it right will take patience.
Catalogue all of them by type, date and mintmark. Begin learning how to grade them, a good way to start is using the Red Book. You may not get precise grading, but you can at least get in the ballpark. This way you will find out what you have and maybe find some scarce dates.
Use all the advice already offered...you will get only the best from CoinTalk...Spark
I think starting a 20th century type set is a superb idea. If that caught on and you had fun with it, in due time you could move on to the popular Dansco #7070 US Type set album which covers most of the 19th century as well. Collecting the 7070 (several times) was some of the most fun I've had with US coins.
Start with the 20th century set, I say. You've already got a good start right there, with the coins you posted.
Thanks for the advice Steve I really appreciated it. But one thing I will say though is this is just the beginning I've only posted three or four and I've got a fire box full ofof silver dollars and half dollars..it's overwhelming! The very oldest coin that I have is the Morgan Dollar that's an 1896 and then I have bunch of 192s and a bunch of 1922s, a couple of 23s, and 24s. One 25 which is the one that has the s on the forehead but not on the forehead it's in front of it I'll have to get a better picture for you to see just exactly what I'm talking about. So anyways, to go along with those. I have silver dollars ranging back to 1962 and year in between up in to the 70s.
And I have a ton of halves some silver some 40 percent. ..
Be sure to take your photos from directly overhead. Even the slightest angle can hide imperfections.
Very good advice.
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