what do the letters on coins mean

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by capriglione3, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. capriglione3

    capriglione3 New Member

    This maybe another stupid question but what do the letters by the dates on coins mean like "d" or "s" and what are the most valueable. Thank you
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  3. ikes4ever

    ikes4ever Senior Member

    these are the locations of the mint where they are made
    S=san francisco
    these 3 are the most common nowadays
  4. vancoin

    vancoin New Member

    for older coins you could find
    CC = Carson City
    O = New Orleans

    any others?
  5. ikes4ever

    ikes4ever Senior Member

    w-west point
    theres also the d for the old gold coins cant remember the city right now thou
  6. satootoko

    satootoko Retired

    That totally depends on other factors.

    The elements that go to make up the value of a particular coin include its grade (condition); its date; its mint mark, if any; and its variety, if any. There is no mint mark which automatically makes a coin more or less valuable than any other.

    Dahlonega, Georgia (1831-1861).

    And don't forget a single "C" for Charlotte, NC, which minted gold coins from 1838-1861.
  7. andy21us

    andy21us Coin Hoarder

    There are no stupid question
  8. 09S-V.D.B

    09S-V.D.B Coin Hoarder

    No letter = Philidelphia.
  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    I believe that the only stupid question is the one that you already know the answer to, but ask it to see the response.
  10. satootoko

    satootoko Retired

    BTW - in other countries mint marks sometimes consist of letters, but many times "privy marks" are used. These are small markings such as cornocopias, torches, swords, or other figures, that usually appear near the date, but can exist anywhere on the coin. The use of privy marks began long before the practice of applying letters.
  11. Mikjo0

    Mikjo0 Numismatist

    Or to be exact,depending on year and denomination, No Letter OR "P"= Philadelphia.:whistle:
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