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Gold of Richard III found, auctioned

An extremely rare gold half angel of Richard III sold for $54,507 [£40,800] at Dix Noonan Webb’s Dec. 13 London sale. The coin had been found last September by metal detectorist Michelle Vall from Blackpool in a field at Monks … Continue reading

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Spelling varieties are plentiful

By Peter Huntoon and Robert Liddell Nobody can ever leave anything alone, particularly spellers. That is the point of this column. People often feel compelled to update the spelling of their towns, so this has led to some great variety … Continue reading

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Chinese rarities sizzle at Heritage

Heritage Auctions must be delighted by the highly auspicious result achieved by the firm’s December Hong Kong sale. The 452 coin lots realized $4,238,047, or $9,376 apiece. Seven fetched more than $100,000 each, with a further 73 taking between $10,000 … Continue reading

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Longtime ‘Bank Note Reporter’ editor moves on

If all goes as planned, I will have completed my last issue as editor of Bank Note Reporter by the time you are reading this. It’s been an honor and a great privilege to serve in this post for the … Continue reading

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Year opens on optimistic note for coin prices

At the beginning of 2018, overall market appreciation looks hopeful. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, you may want to consider getting back in the pool before the water gets any deeper. There is a real chance 2018 may … Continue reading

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Curls gave Lincoln portrait texture

Is the bust on the Lincoln cent an accurate reproduction? Victor David Brenner took liberties with Lincoln’s hair, giving it the 1909 version of a permanent wave, as all contemporary photos show Lincoln with straight hair. Look at the coin … Continue reading

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Danes lead race to give up cash

It is just a couple of years since Denmark announced it was closing its 278-year-old Royal Danish Mint. Now the news is that Danes are making far fewer cash payments than elsewhere in the EU. A report issued by Danmarks … Continue reading

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PCGS compiles list of top slabs

The Professional Coin Grading Service added up its results for 2017 and revealed that the firm has graded 18 of the 20 coins with the highest prices as realized at public auctions. But that wasn’t the end of the story. … Continue reading

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Time to start my own cryptocurrency

If I wanted to get rich, I would announce the creation of my new cryptocurrency in this space. It is the latest trend. Everybody is doing it from failing dictatorships in Venezuela to failing camera film companies like Kodak. Why … Continue reading

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Proof silver Eagle begins the year

Collectors were quick off the mark Jan. 4 when the U.S. Mint put the 2018-W proof silver American Eagle on sale. By the Jan. 7 weekly report, collectors were credited with taking 211,071 pieces. Issue price of $55.95 is $2 … Continue reading

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