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United States Mint 2015 Proof Coin Set

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The much-anticipated 2015 United States Mint Proof Set is here — complete with 14 coins in proof finish each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco! Included are four Presidential $1 Coins, five coins from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, one Native American $1 Coin, one Kennedy half dollar, one Roosevelt dime, one Jefferson nickel and one Lincoln penny. This set is available today!  Buy It Now!

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2012 United States Mint Proof Set

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Don’t miss out on this perennial favorite! The 2012 United States Mint Proof Set contains 14 coins – including five America the Beautiful Quarters® and four Presidential $1 Coins – in stunning proof quality. This popular set is a “must-have” for any collector. It also makes a great gift – the perfect way to mark a special occasion. Don’t wait – get yours today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

2012 Roosevelt Dime | Proof

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Here we have the proof 2012 Roosevelt Dime minted at the San Francisco Mint.  To learn more about proof coins click here.

Obverse:  depicts a portrait of Roosevelt
Reverse:  a torch, an olive branch, and an oak branch.

Engraver:  John Sinnock

Image:  U.S.Mint

2012 Roosevelt Dime | Uncirculated

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Here we have the uncirculated 2012 Roosevelt Dime.  To learn more about uncirculated coins click here.

Obverse:  depicts a portrait of Roosevelt
Reverse:  a torch, an olive branch, and an oak branch.

Engraver:  John Sinnock

Image/Text:  U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

Money Museum Receives 1792 Half Disme from California Coin Dealer

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Historically significant coin valued at more than $220,000

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. — The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection now contains a 1792 Half Disme, thanks to the generosity of a California coin dealer.

The early American coin, valued at more than $220,000, was donated by Steven L. Contursi, president of Rare Coin Wholesalers of Irvine, Calif.

“This coin will be a fantastic, historically significant addition to the museum’s collection. I can’t thank Steve enough for his generosity,” American Numismatic Association President Tom Hallenbeck said.

About 1,500 half disme silver coins were struck in the basement of a Philadelphia saw-maker’s shop in July 1792 because the U.S. Mint was not yet operational. The coins were the first authorized by President Washington under the Mint Act of 1792. Thomas Jefferson, who was Secretary of State at the time, personally received the coins on Washington’s behalf.

A half disme is slightly smaller than a modern dime and weighs half as much. Disme – pronounced “deem” – is an early spelling of the word, dime.  Modern researchers estimate that about 275, in various states of condition, survive today.

“This donation was very touching. We haven’t received a donation of this caliber in many years,” Museum Director Tiffanie Bueschel said.

Contursi made headlines in December when he sold the unique 1787 EB on Breast Brasher Doubloon, which subsequently was acquired for $7.4 million by a Wall Street hedge fund. He also sold the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, believed by some to be the first U.S. silver dollar ever minted, for $7.8 million in a private sale in May 2010. The silver dollar was on display at the Money Museum for several years.

“I have a background of handling the sales of some of the earliest U.S. coins, so donating this historically significant coin made sense,” Contursi said. “This donation is my way of giving back to the ANA for the wonderful things that they do for collectors.”

The coin’s condition was assessed recently by Numismatic Guaranty Company chairman Mark Salzberg. “I’ve seen several dozen different examples during my career – this coin is far nicer than most. It’s well struck and problem-free with just the lightest touch of circulation wear and rich patina,” Salzberg said.

The public will get a chance to see the coin on display at the spring ANA National Money Show, May 10-12 in Denver. Find out more at

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