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British £5 polymer bank note released

By Kerry Rodgers After many months of media lead up and public education the Bank of England released its new polymer £5 note on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Winston Churchill, the man who declined Queen Elizabeth’s offer to become Duke of … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Gold Standing Liberty demand jumps

There are two big surprises in this week’s numbers. The first is a big gain by the gold Standing Liberty quarter. With the household order limit removed, the door was opened to multi-coin buyers. The result was a huge gain … Continue reading

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Perched eagle on bimetal coin

John M. Mercanti, 12th chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, has created two designs of Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle for the Perth Mint. These have appeared on precious metal coins issued over the past 18 months. On Sept. 6 the Mint … Continue reading

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Large cent rarity offered in Baltimore auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will offer many high-powered numismatic treasures at its Official Baltimore Auction Nov. 2-4 at the Whitman Expo in the city’s convention center. Among the highlights on Rarities Night is an MS-65 1838-O No Stars Seated Liberty dime. … Continue reading

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Michigan celebrates ANA’s birthday

The 125th anniversary of the American Numismatic Association was marked by the Michigan State Senate by formal resolution. Introduced by State Senator Steve Bieda, the resolution passed Sept. 6. A framed copy was given to former ANA President Tom Hallenbeck … Continue reading

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Mint seeks advice

The U.S. Mint is conducting a Numismatic Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 13. According to Tom Jurkowsky, the US Mint’s Chief of the Office of Corporate Communications, “The purpose of the event is to … Continue reading

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Sweden begins ‘de-cashing’

By Richard Giedroyc If you are holding Swedish kroner coins or bank notes, you might want to consider converting them while you still can. The Sveriges Riksbank or Swedish Royal Bank is quickly moving to a cashless society, making it … Continue reading

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1891 $100 Silver Certificate a top lot

An 1891 “Monroe” $100 Silver Certificate, Fr. 344, sold for $152,700 in Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo Signature Currency Auction, Sept. 7-12. Total for the sale was $3,909,242. All prices here include the 17.5 percent buyer’s premium. Graded PMG Choice … Continue reading

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Swiss stars at Heritage

A superb example of a rare, 1897-B, “Stirnlocke-Vreneli” pattern for a Swiss 20 francs, KM-Pn39, was on offer at Heritage’s American Numismatic Association World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction. The pattern engraved by Fritz Landry is one of just … Continue reading

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CCAC reviews platinum Eagle designs

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” How these concepts are best represented on three platinum coin designs was the task at hand when the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met Sept. 16. Beginning in 2018, the U.S. Mint will issue … Continue reading

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