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Aurora featured on New Zealand dollar

New Zealand Post has celebrated the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with release of a 2017 40 mm, one ounce .999 fine silver New Zealand dollar struck by Helvetic Mint. The colorized reverse of the coin shows the Aurora … Continue reading

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Rare WWI French emergency small change issue tops Knight session

Lyn Knight’s spring auctions at PCDA were underway at the time of writing. When editorial deadlines closed just Session 1 of world paper had been completed. The results left Joel Shafer smiling benignly. Four Afghani lots started the auction strongly. … Continue reading

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Gold stater brings $18,500 in sale

Among a choice offering of ancients in Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach sale was a superbly struck example of a rare gold stater from the ancient Greek city state of Taras (Tarentum) in southern Italy, a.k.a.Calabria. The 8.55 g coin dates from … Continue reading

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Australia redesigns its $10 note

On Feb. 17 the Reserve Bank of Australia revealed the design of the country’s new, 65 x 137 mm, $10 bank note. This is the second note in Australia’s new polymer series. It will be released into circulation in September … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle sales find bottom

After a sharp drop in the sale of silver American Eagle coins in the month of February, the popular bullion coin might be finding a bottom in the month of March. With a week to go, sales stood at 1,295,000 … Continue reading

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First Morgan struck for President

Is there any record of the first Morgan dollar struck in 1878? The coin was located in the Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum in Freemont, Ohio. Silver dollar experts Leroy Van Allen and Pete Bishal found the certificate in … Continue reading

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Boys Town commemoratives sell slowly

After a small opening surge March 9-12, collector demand for Boys Town commemorative coins weakened. In the week from March 12-March 19, buyers took 3,094 proof Boys Town silver dollars, bringing the running total to 12,138 coins. The uncirculated dollar … Continue reading

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Take advantage of gold price dips to buy

The spot price of gold and silver took a nose dive. Then it jumped right back up. This correction didn’t impact scarce and rare coins, but it did impact just about everything else made of these two metals. If you … Continue reading

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Nowhere else can you spend old coin

Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading

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Indian cent tops online results

Auctions don’t always feature multi-million dollar rarities. The March 16 Internet auction conducted by Legend Rare Coin Auctions featured numerous top quality pieces that sold for under $10,000. Held over 13 days, the sale realized $373,368. The key 1877 Indian … Continue reading

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