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Vichy Malagasy 5,000F realizes $25,180

For collectors of WWII paper, one note in Spink’s Oct. 3 catalog of the Ibrahim Salem Collection stood out: a specimen Banque de Madagascar 5,000 francs dated 30 April 1942 and drawn on Tananarive [Antananarivo] (P-44; S&B-612s). This note is … Continue reading

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1861-D half eagle history shrouded in mystery

Some coins have great stories, and the 1861-D gold half eagle is certainly such a coin. Unfortunately, it is also somewhat shrouded in mystery. Parts of its history have been lost to the fog of the Civil War, and there … Continue reading

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Celtic gold in November sale

A metal detectorist in Britain has unearthed a 2,000-year-old coin error. It occurs on a rare Iron Age gold stater of King Tasciovanos (“Badger-Killer”). He ruled the Catuvellauni of Hertfordshire around 25 B.C.E. to 10 C.E. The usual legend of … Continue reading

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Rarities come from colorful banks

By Mark Hotz For this month, I chose two unrelated towns based on interesting notes in my collection of National Currency. Accordingly, we will be visiting two of these towns, one in Ohio and one in West Virginia. Our first … Continue reading

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Perth Mint reveals 2019 coinage

On Sept. 3, The Perth Mint launched its 2019 bullion coin program. As in recent years, the reverse designs of the coins feature an Aussie Kangaroo, Koala, and Kookaburra along with the 2019 Lunar Pig issues. This year’s releases introduce … Continue reading

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Short snorters organized by signatures

Is there a way in which people typically collect short snorters? There are many ways to collect these notes, but the most popular is likely when the note provides information including names, ranks, serial numbers, military unit designations, and other … Continue reading

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New Friedberg number will be tough to get

By Peter Huntoon A new Friedberg number has been discovered, but one that you probably won’t have the pleasure of owning. The find is a $1,000 Series of 1880 Tillman-Roberts Legal Tender Note issue that Doug Murray discovered by observing … Continue reading

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Many coins too closely tied to bullion moves

Gold bullion and modern coins including American Eagles and First Spouse issues continue to sell at values near the spot price of gold. This is a thinly traded market. Gold continues to slide along just below $1,200. Forecasts of a … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Barber quarter variety worth a look

By Mark Johnson While browsing the dealer tables at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Coin Show, a nicely toned 1900 Barber quarter caught my eye at Dean Oakes’ table. I often find that a coin has to have something extra for … Continue reading

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10 billion coins struck in 2018

The United States Mint has struck just over 10 billion coins in the first nine months of the calendar year. Comprising nearly 60 percent of the total are cents at 6,018,000,000 pieces produced by Philadelphia and Denver combined. Philadelphia has … Continue reading

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