Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 06:34
Nonsense Design Martha Washington Quarter Discovery Coin

We recently acquired (and sold) a unique experimental nickel on copper coated zinc planchet, that was part of testing being done at the Mint in 2011-2012 era, which was reported in Coin World a month or so ago. From the same source, we acquired another unique experimental coin, which is a quarter "nonsense" design, which has also been waffle cancelled. One side depicts a rhino on the side of a rocky mountain, and the word "nonsense" as well as other words and numbers. Also, it is struck on a normal "clad" quarter planchet. There were 9 different metal tested, and one of them was a normal clad planchet, which is what this coin is. It is listed as J2225 on U.S. Patterns

Here is a Coin World article from 2013 which discusses the experimenting the Mint did in trying different metals out as alternatives for the current metals used in circulation, as well as some descriptions of the nonsense dies used:

Here is a link to a recent Coin World article about the newly discovered quarter:

The quarter is currently be certified by NGC, and will be offered for sale. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 08:00

Here is an interesting article from Coin World, which states that the current Mint policy as of 2017 is that Federal Reserve Banks must return mint errors they find. Of course this doesn't apply to individual banks or collectors, etc.

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 08:41
Martha Washington Copper Nickel

We recently acquired a remarkable Martha Washington test coin, which although it was known to exist, none were privately owned until now. The example we purchased has been waffle cancelled at the Mint. Here is the article as written in Coin World by Paul Gilkes.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 08:41

NGC just wrote an article about the discovery 1943 copper wheat cent, which was first discovered over 70 years ago. The coin was certified by NGC as AU53, and is one of the "strong strike" specimens. Here is a link to the article about this historic "first" coin:

(1943 copper cent photo courtesy NGC.)


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:55

Many of you are subscribers to our email list, and received a link to our new catalog entitled "Sullivan Numismatics Error Showcase." This is our first catalog in a long time, years in fact, and we decided to try this so as to showcase some of the more interesting and exciting inventory in our stock. Sometimes coins get a bit lost in the volume of coins in our inventory, and this is our way of bringing those out, and showcasing them to our customers. If you haven't received a copy and would like one, send us an email at: [email protected]

Also, if you are attending the ANA Worlds Fair of Money next week in Philadelphia, PA, we look forward to seeing you there--our table is #836, "Sullivan Numismatics, Inc." This is one of the best coin shows of the year, with hundreds of tables, and an equal number of dealers, as well as thousands of collectors in attendance. Major auctions will be offering millions of dollars worth of coins, seminars and educational talks are given, and it all combines to be one big numismatic extravaganza! If you've not attended, you should make it part of your schedule since it is a "must attend" event.