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                   What is interesting about U.S. coins is that prior to 1965, some of the U.S. coins 
                   had 90% Silver content. Prior to 1965, U.S. Mint realized that the price of Dimes, 
                   Quarters, and Half Dollars alloy content was exceeding their face value.  As a result, 
                   U.S. mint came out with alloy mixture called Clad. Clad generally is a 75% copper 
                   and 25% nickel mix. This new mixture brought the face value of Dimes, Quarters, 
                   and Half Dollar down but not to the point where it would justify production. Generally
                   speaking, for lower denominations, it costs U.S. Mint more money to produce coins then 
                   it worth their face value. Currently, many rumors are going around regarding U.S. 
                   governmentís new plan to stop coin production period. One has to keep in mind, by 
                   creating State Quarter Program; U.S. Mint injected millions of collectors worldwide 
                   into coin collecting hobby. Although, there has been talk about production of collectorís
                   coins only for collection purpose, I personally have not heard anything concrete regarding 
                   the circulation coins. 

                   It is important to pay attention when scanning through Dime, and Quarter rolls. It 
                   is very possible that you might run into one that is pre 1965 which will have significantly 
                   higher price than their face value. Generally, I have run into few Dimes and Quarters prior 
                   to 1965 but not enough to make the hunt a regular daily task. Also, U.S. Mint will sell you 
                   coins above their face value because they are in uncirculated condition. It is important 
                   for you to know if you do happen to run into uncirculated coins from the bank, it worthís 
                   more than their face value. Once, I had a teller handing me 4 rolls of uncirculated Dimes. 
                   It was my lucky day. Ask teller if he or she has uncirculated rolls if you are bargain hunter 
                   like me. If time is money for you than just go to U.S. Mint and purchase the uncirculated 
                   rolls. Obviously, you will not be able to sell your brand new roll of Dimes for a profit, 
                   if you do than you know something I donít. General rule of thumb is that you want to hold 
                   on to your brand new roll for an extended period of time. That does not mean you cannot find 
                   someone that needs to complete his or her set. I am both an investor and a collector; as a 
                   result, I collect different denominations based on their value. I have my investment coins, 
                   collector coins, and my error coins. Depending on what your personal needs are, you might 
                   want to try different strategy. See the section under Coin Book Sales for my top picked books.
                   These books will tell you what you might want to do regarding investing time and effort into 
                   collection.

                   Another, interesting factor in U.S. coins are their purpose of their production at the 
                   given time. For instance, the Trade Dollar was strictly created to compete with Mexican Dollar 
                   for overseas trade. This unusual strategy gave the Trade Dollar a unique role in coin collecting 
                   hobby. The Trade Dollar will sell for nice premium when sold at any auction, but you also have 
                   to watch out for many counterfeit ones that are currently in circulation. Other denomination 
                   with an interesting fact behind it is the three-cent piece. This denomination was created during 
                   mid 1800ís for its purpose to buy stamps which was 3 cents during that period. It survived till 
                   late 1800ís and then it dropped out of favor because of inflation.




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