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Ban unnecessary, probably eternal

Eight years ago a coin shortage became a serious possibility as the prices of copper, nickel and zinc were soaring. The public would have found it profitable to melt nickels. Zinc cents looked like they wouldn’t be far behind. The … Continue reading

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CSNS awards funds to six authors

The Central States Numismatic Society has awarded grants totaling $20,000 to six numismatic authors to research and publish information on topics ranging from elongated coins to early half dollars. CSNS Education Director Ray Lockwood, who oversees the authors grant program, … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year race features two U.S. coins

Two U.S. coins are competing for the 2015 Coin of the Year Award. An enhanced uncirculated 2013 silver American Eagle  is one of 10 nominations in the Best Silver Coin category and a Mount Rushmore quarter is one of nine … Continue reading

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Rare coin at Goldberg sale kept in jeans pocket

Coin collectors take great care with proper storage of their coins, but coins are not always so pampered. A $15,000 rarity came to Los Angeles, Calif., dealer Larry Goldberg over the counter at what he called an old-time coin shop … Continue reading

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Kennedy set trading starts at triple price

Will the 2014 four coin silver Kennedy half dollar set outshine the gold Kennedy half and prove that all that glitters isn’t gold? Even before the U.S. Mint’s release of the set priced at $99.95, a pre-sale Kennedy silver set … Continue reading

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Kennedy sales number weak

No overnight sellout was recorded by the 50th Anniversary Kennedy half dollar set when it went on sale Oct. 28. This might dampen prospects for instant profits of a kind that made the gold Kennedy half dollar famous in August. … Continue reading

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Roosevelt dollar and medal set released

Sales of the Roosevelt Presidential Dollar and First Spouse Medal Set began Oct. 21, with buyers purchasing 1,464 sets as of Oct. 26. That figure is already 330 more than the Hoover set, which came out the week before. Also … Continue reading

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The 2015 Coin of the Year Award Nominees

Krause Publications has announced the 94 nominees for the 2015 Coin of the Year awards. Each year, the awards honor the best in coin design from around the world. The awards will be presented during a ceremony Jan. 31, 2015, … Continue reading

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Bank of Canada seeks note input

On Oct. 8, the Bank of Canada (www.bankofcanada.ca) announced that it is inviting Canadians to comment “on the principles that guide the design of the country’s bank notes.” The online survey, which is open for participation through Nov. 10, the … Continue reading

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Austria puts wild boars on gold coin

The new 100-euro gold coin depicting wild boars on both sides will be issued by the Austrian Mint Oct. 29. It is struck in proof quality with a maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces.  It has a diameter of 30 mm, … Continue reading

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