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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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Kagin’s calls $6.4 million sale

A $6.4 million sale was called by Kagin’s Auctions on March 9-10 at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Orlando, Fla. The 1,050 lots attracted many bidders who participated in the sale in person, said Dr. Don Kagin, … Continue reading

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CCAC reviews palladium, medal designs

Reviewing a U.S. Mint mock-up of the design for the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin – what will be the U.S. Mint’s first – was among the highlights of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting held March 21. The … Continue reading

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Make a deal for bullion

I recently discussed how the sales of bullion-priced precious metals coins and bars have been selling slowly in U.S. markets at the same time demand has picked up in China, India and many parts of Europe. This slowdown in U.S. … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Sales numbers sometimes seem a bit odd

If you are watching 2017 America the Beautiful five-coin silver proof sets, you will notice something odd. This week’s total of 50,024 is 3,535 fewer than last week’s figure. In percentage terms, that’s quite a large adjustment. Could there have … Continue reading

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Special issues made for Berlin fair

A number of world mints produced issues specifically for the 46th World Money Fair (WMF) held in Berlin on Feb. 3-5. These included coins expressly struck for the fair as well as existing issues in special WMF packaging. As soon … Continue reading

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Avoid auction fever and overpaying

Are we stuck in a rut? If you watch the trading range for bullion gold and silver you would say yes. If you watch the trading range for common date gold and silver American Eagle coins, regardless of whether they … Continue reading

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J.S.G. Boggs challenged perceptions of money

Shown below is a work by money artist J.S.G. Boggs. He died recently, at age 62. In the 1990s, I wrote extensively about Boggs, having initially found reference to an upcoming exhibit of his work in Tampa, Fla. I called … Continue reading

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