It’s all about those mintage and population numbers

When I was a kid, I learned that rarity and condition were the two factors that determined value. Very old coins could be common because they are numerous. Modern coins can be rare because few were made, or the mintage was melted. It is all about the numbers. Consider an email in my inbox this […]

Strange tale told by cent mintage numbers

Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that so far 1,182,800,000 Philadelphia cents have been struck dated 2017. This is down over 100 […]