A half-dollar coin weighs 11.340 grams, according to the United States Mint. If the coin becomes underweight due to natural wear or through mutilation, the U.S. Philadelphia Mint Center or the Federal Reserve Bank recollects the coin for melting.
Half-dollar coins are made of a nickel-copper alloy, the U.S. Mint states. Only 8.33 percent of the alloy is nickel, with the remaining nearly 91 percent of the alloy consisting of copper and hardening additives. Federal Reserve Banks can only collect coins that have been worn down. If a coin has been adulterated or mutilated, it must be sent directly to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.Learn More
A coin shop is one of the best places to sell coins and also get information about coins. Coin collectors also buy coins. However, anyone wishing to sell coins should not take the risk of putting an ad in the local newspaper.Full Answer >
The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin is the official gold bullion coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint, while the gold American Eagle coin is a bullion coin produce by the U.S. Mint. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin was first produced in 1979, while the U.S. American Eagle gold coin was first minted in 1986 by the U.S. Mint.Full Answer >
Generally speaking, a 1943 P nickel is not rare since more than 270 million of them were produced. However, there are some rare double die versions of this coin that could be worth as much as $400 in good condition.Full Answer >
The price of old coins is determined by collector demand, according to the American Numismatic Association. Demand changes from year to year as collectors alter their buying and selling habits. The ANA states promoters, dealers and the U.S. Mint influence prices of coins on a regular basis.Full Answer >