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January 3, 2001. Vol. 2 Number 1
   The Market Report

Happy New Year! F.U.N. Show Leads Off 2001
Three major auctions are scheduled and strong bourse activity is anticipated at this year's FUN show.

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   An Expert Opinion

U.S. Commemoratives Offer History and Romance
The unique position occupied by commemoratives in United States coinage is largely due to the fact that with few exceptions all commemorative coins have a real historical significance.

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Question: A number of years ago I was going through a group of circulated American silver coins that I had obtained and I noticed that a particular quarter dollar seemed to have extra-fine spacing of the reeding on the edge. It was a well-worn 1876-CC specimen, and at the time I was unable to find any information about the anomalous reeding. Do you have any more information?

Answer: The oddity was caused by the use of a restraining collar that had more "reeds" cut into it than usual. Reeding "counts" vary on many other United States series, some of which are mentioned by Breen. The 1876-CC was and still is quite scarce, but the demand for the "fine reeding" variety is not great, and a significant premium is not usually attached except by a specialist in the Liberty Seated series.
Q. David Bowers, The Coin Collector

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