About this set: The coins of New Orleans represent a city that is rich in history and critical to the westward expansion of the United States. Collecting coins from the New Orleans mint did not even occur to me growing up in the 1960s because they seemed so common. However, nearly twenty years ago while trying to complete a US type set, I reached a budgetary impasse where I only needed the most costly issues. Adding these to my collection would probably have been compounded by marital upheaval! It did occur to me to add the branch mints to my collection. Little did I know that this would completely change my collecting interests. I came to realize that many of the New Orleans issues were quite rare even though they were not very expensive at the time. Most issues before the Civil War had been placed into circulation and stayed there. Even AU coins for many dates were very hard to find, but not always particularly expensive. Finding the coins became the challenge instead of finding the money to buy them. Last but not least New Orleans coins, especially the early issues, show the effects of tough environmental conditions and limited resources by providing a wealth of features to study.
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