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Austria celebrates army anniversary

The 60th anniversary of the Austrian Federal Army is commemorated on a silver 5-euro coin slated for a May 6 release by the Austrian Mint. The modern Austrian army was formed in 1955 when the Allied occupation of Austria ended … Continue reading

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Treasure hunter pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A fugitive treasure hunter pleaded guilty to a contempt of court charge related to his refusal to testify about gold he discovered from a historic shipwreck, court documents indicate. A plea agreement was filed in federal … Continue reading

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India sets its own gold standard

India is once more on the gold standard – sort of. Smuggling and a black market in gold coins and jewelry have prompted the Reserve Bank of India to lift the ban on importing gold, while introducing a new gold … Continue reading

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Golden moments in movie

As regular readers of my columns know, I financed the production of the movie “Alongside Night.” The film had some sneak previews in 2013 and a limited theatrical distribution in 2014. In two to four weeks the DVD and Blu-Ray … Continue reading

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1873 two-cent ended denomination

The 1873 two-cent piece was to be the final year for the coin series with a mintage of just proofs, the number estimated at 1,100 pieces although we cannot be absolutely certain. It was an unusual end for a denomination … Continue reading

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Mint issues Ike dollar, Truman Spouse

The United States Mint has once again released an Eisenhower dollar. The Ike Presidential dollar went on sale April 13 with 29,051 Philadelphia and 26,869 Denver 25-coin rolls, 752 Philadelphia and 731 Denver 100-coin bags and 2,806 Philadelphia and 2,468 … Continue reading

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Court orders return of seized $20 gold pieces

A federal appeals court tossed out a jury verdict and a U.S. District court judgment that confiscated 10 rare 1933 $20 gold pieces from decendants of Israel Switt, a Philadelphia jeweler and coin dealer who is believed to have acquired … Continue reading

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New doubled die quarter discovered

Steve Atwood of Florida managed to nab five new doubled-die reverse varieties of the recently released 2015-P Homestead (Nebraska) America the Beautiful quarters. At least one of the varieties falls into the category of what I’d consider major while a … Continue reading

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Follow coin show rules

Like a driver cutting you off in traffic, one bad experience at a coin show can ruin the time and throw you off your collecting mood. At a recent coin show, I pulled out some $100 Confederate notes from a … Continue reading

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$5,000 and $10,000 notes lead Stack’s sale

Small-size currency stole the show at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Baltimore Currency Auction, March 26 and March 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The sale, which realized nearly $4.7 million, was led by a 1934 $5,000 from St. Louis, Fr. 2221-H, … Continue reading

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