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Belarus monetary reform ushers in coins

By Richard Giedroyc Circulating coins will be part of the latest Belarus currency reform, but the coins will be dated 2009! This will be the third currency reform the Eastern European dictatorship has gone through since Belarus became an independent … Continue reading

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Top price for 1934 FRN

A 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-H, brought the top price in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night American Numismatic Association Currency Signature Auction, Aug. 11 in Anaheim, Calif. The PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 note went for $152,750. Prices listed here … Continue reading

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Euro landscape is changing

By Richard Giedroyc The Instituto Poligrafico Zecca Della Stato, or Italian State Mint, recently issued commemorative 20-euro gold coins depicting floral frescoes decorating the Villa Igiea in Palermo on the obverse, with a fresco by Ettore De Maria Bergler as … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers strikes gold

Rare gold topped the U.S. portion of the Stack’s Bowers auction sessions held Aug. 9-16 at or in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. Realizing $352,500 was a 1798/7 Capped Bust gold $10 … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Medals sell out, but watch those 9s

Until precise numbers are offered by the Mint, I provisionally have put sales numbers for the “S” and “W” silver Liberty medals at 12,500 each on the opposite page. As the front page explains, they sold out in less than … Continue reading

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Liberty medal sells out

The Mint’s one-ounce silver Liberty medal sold out in less than five minutes Aug. 23. Perhaps attracted by the low mintages, buyers snapped up 12,500 of each from two mints, San Francisco and West Point. Issue price was $34.95. Household … Continue reading

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No more restraint on dollars issued

Last week I wrote about the 45th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s Aug. 15, 1971, temporarily closing the gold exchange window, where central banks had previously been able to turn in U.S. currency and receive physical gold. Nixon claimed that … Continue reading

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PNG, Stuppler honor Chet Krause

Editor’s Note: Following are the comments Barry Stuppler, vice president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, made while presenting the PNG Abe Kosoff Founders Award to the late Chet Krause during the PNG banquet held Aug. 8 in Anaheim, Calif. To … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Buyers snooze except for gold Eagles

Europeans take the month of August for vacation. Perhaps silver bullion American Eagle buyers do something similar. Sales in the first half of the month have reached only 380,000 pieces, down substantially from even July’s torpid pace. On the other … Continue reading

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Consecutive pair of $5,000s leads lots in ANA auction

A consecutive pair of 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Notes, Fr. 2221-E, were the stars of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale held Aug. 10 at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. Continue reading

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