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Arkin wins AINA’s Shekel Prize

The winner of the 2018 Shekel Prize for the best work published in 2017 on the subject of Judaean, Jewish or Holy Land numismatics is Yigal Arkin, for his book “Money Time, 70 Years of Currency in Israel.” The announcement … Continue reading

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Good times once rolled for the ANA

Quick. When I say American Numismatic Association, who do you think of? If you have been a member for 40 years as I have, the first few individuals who pop into mind might very well be dead. John Jay Pittman … Continue reading

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Hard to take advantage of $14 silver

Silver is trading around $14 an ounce, but buyers are not getting the advantage of a cheaper metal price. As recently as June, silver was trading at $17. Now it is about 18 percent lower. Unfortunately, rising premiums on silver … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Don’t ration your attention to Eagles

Silver American Eagle bullion coin rationing is now in effect until the end of 2018. Who saw this coming after months of slow sales? This week, the Mint vended an additional 925,000 Eagle coins to bring the September running total … Continue reading

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100-point grading scale proposed by Ron Guth

Ever find yourself wishing for more coin grades to learn? If you have, Ron Guth is the numismatic authority for you. He has created the Guth 100 Point Coin Grading ScaleSM. There are 20 more points added to Mint State … Continue reading

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Coin production slides in August

August circulating coin production dropped by 41 percent at the U.S. Mint’s two production facilities. Total output of 831,560,000 compares to 1,403,160,000 in July. Drops were recorded by cents through quarters. Quarters saw the smallest decline at 37.34 percent, while … Continue reading

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Silver swap sounds good but tax hits

In recent weeks, the silver/gold ratio has at times exceeded 85:1. That means one ounce of gold is worth 85 ounces of silver, or that the current gold price is more than 85 times that of the silver price. Analysts … Continue reading

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Progress made in gold coin theft

An organized crime family might have been responsible for the theft of a massive 100 kilogram Canadian gold Maple Leaf coin from the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany, according to the Berlin prosecutor’s office. The $1 million face value coin … Continue reading

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Maryland collectors made day trip to ANA show

The Maryland State Numismatic Association coordinated and completed a day trip to the American Numismatic Association convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Friday, Aug. 17. A rented passenger van filled with Maryland coin club members who signed … Continue reading

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Active collectors chase what they need

The current buyer’s market continues to roar. There aren’t as many buyers as might be anticipated with supply being impacted by current precious metal prices as well as by the tepid level of demand. Collectors are still out there. What … Continue reading

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