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Money takes many forms

Just about everyone reading this column has the experience of only using coins and currency as a medium of exchange in personal commerce. Some may have used Military Payment Certificates or other tokens at some point in their lives. But … Continue reading

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New Perth Mint tour begins

In late July, Western Australia’s Perth Mint announced something a little different for gold coin collectors: “Mine to Mint” tours. The new enterprise is being undertaken in conjunction with Go West Tours of Newmont, Australia. Australia is the world’s second … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers sells solid 8 trio for $12,000

Stack’s-Bowers’ Hong Kong sale was a work in progress as the most recent issue of Bank Note Reporter went to press. Results from Aug. 6 included several lots offering groups of Federal Reserve Notes, all of which carried the coveted … Continue reading

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‘Boaty McBoatface’ arrives

The British public has long been known for its puckish sense of humor. Two years ago, an online poll was conducted to choose a name for a new British Antarctic Survey research vessel. A BBC radio host jokingly added the … Continue reading

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1805 the first quarter many can afford

Early quarters are just plain tough. In fact, if you are living on an average income, you could have a real problem trying to afford any early quarter. It appears to have been a matter of priorities. Apparently, the quarter … Continue reading

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Britannia gets new look on proof bullion

In early July, Britain’s Royal Mint announced this year’s Britannia proof issues. The reverse design for 2018 comes from sculptor David Lawrence, who presents a fresh new take on behelmed Britannia. She gazes pensively, her helm decorated with a wreath … Continue reading

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Archivist turns up counterfeit $100 tale

By Peter Huntoon and Eric Head Occasionally large size U.S. counterfeits turn up, but usually virtually nothing is known about them. Here we have a case where at least the final victims of the fraud are identified. Eric Head is … Continue reading

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Meteorite fragment part of design

This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. It began life in 1868 as the Toronto Astronomical Club. In 1890, it became legally incorporated as The Astronomical and Physical Society of Toronto. A petition to … Continue reading

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Reopened ‘O’ Mint made proof dollars

Branch mint proofs are unusual. Why did the New Orleans Mint strike proof silver dollars in 1879? It has been suggested the proofs were struck to mark the reopening of the New Orleans facility, which had closed during the Civil … Continue reading

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Altered check made into emergency note

By Neil Shafer Shown below is face and back of an altered check form made into an emergency 1000 francs note by Banque de la Guadeloupe. The issue date is 27 January 1942. The back has a stamping from the … Continue reading

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