Recently, Ron Guth, President of Coinfacts, has suggested a new 100-point grading scale for numismatic coins. As it stands, coins are currently graded on a 70 point scale. 1 being the lowest, and 70 being a perfect coin.
In 1884, Mint Director A.L. Snowden was made known of two counterfeiters who possessed false dies that were essentially the same as those possessed by the mint. These counterfeiters had the power to place the country's coinage at their mercy.
An 1894 S-Barber dime sold for $1,997,500 at an auction in Tampa in 2016. The 1894 S-Barber dime is one of the most highly prized U.S. coins for collectors, along with the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head nickel.
The penny has gone through many different variations over its two-hundred-year existence. Until about 1857, it was about the size of the current US dollar coin. Here are a few notable examples of the US penny