PCGS & NGC Grade Comparison

Recently, we ran a bit of an “experiment” to compare the grading of NGC and PCGS on a few US Dollars (or maybe we didn’t agree with one company’s grades, but let’s keep calling it an experiment instead).  All coins were sent in raw (not using either of their “crossover” services), and were sent in…

2018 Native American Dollar : Jim Thorpe

While many people are familiar with the Sacagawea Dollar that was released in 2000, fewer are aware that since 2009 the reverse of the coin has been changing yearly to celebrate the contributions of Indian tribes and Native American individuals. Previous examples include the Trade Routes of the 17th Century (2012) and the Code Talkers…

Punchboards

Punchboards are gambling devices of a bygone era. They were found everywhere from taverns, bars, and gas stations, to church social halls and the local Elks lodge. They were designed to raise money for the proprietor at the expense of the participant, with the promise of prizes and winnings if you play (somethings will never…

Spanish Pillar Dollar

Our Coin of the Week is a Spanish milled dollar (also known as a piece of eight, or eight royal coins, or other names), valued at 8 reales (“royals”). The Spanish silver dollar was used around the world, including colonial America, and was the coin upon which the US dollar was based. It remained legal tender…

Dionysys Silver Tetradrachm

Our Coin of the Week is this Silver Tetradrachm from the Greek Isle of Thasos struck over 2100 years ago, sometime between the 2nd and 1st century B.C. The obverse features the face of Dionysus, while the reverse features a naked Heracles holding a club and lion’s skin. This specimen has been graded Choice Extra…