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Rare pattern coins on sale

Two major numismatic rarities will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in the firm’s Feb. 11 London auction. Top billing goes to a newly discovered Australian George V 1921 pattern or specimen shilling with a five-pointed star above the date, … Continue reading

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1934 $5,000 FRN leads FUN auction

A 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-K, took the banner price in Heritage Auctions’ Currency Signature Auction Platinum Night sale, Jan. 7, in Orlando, Fla. Graded PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ, the note sold for $223,250 in the firm’s … Continue reading

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Gold aureus sells for $131,040 at DNW sale

Publius Licinius Cornelius Saloninus Valerianus topped the bill at Dix Noonan Webb’s early December coin sale in London. It was a gold aureus struck during the brief period when Saloninus was Caesar that proved the star of the show. In … Continue reading

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NGC attributes gold reeding variety

Wide and narrow reeding varieties have been identified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation on the edges of tenth-ounce gold American Eagle coins dated 2015. The Wide Reeds version displays the standard size edge reeding seen on prior years’ coins, NGC … Continue reading

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Four-Leaf Clover 2015 – Ounce of Luck Coin

The clover belongs to the family of plants called legumes (Fabaceae). Its botanical generic name Trifolium is derived from name for the three leaves, which is normal for a clover. The number of leaves on the clover can vary in … Continue reading

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Lord mayor strikes gold

In December The Lord Mayor of the City of London made his first ever visit to India. He was leading a delegation from the UK finance and professional services sector on a five-day trip. He took the opportunity to strike … Continue reading

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Ellis resigns from ANA board of governors

Mike Ellis resigned Jan. 9 as a member of the board of governors of the American Numismatic Association. President Walter Ostromecki announced this at an ANA town hall meeting held at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando, where he … Continue reading

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Her Majesty’s portrait to be updated

By Richard Giedroyc Perhaps the most recognized person appearing on coins anywhere and at any time in history is about to get a new portrait. According to the British Royal Mint, the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appearing … Continue reading

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What happened to East German coins, currency?

By Richard Giedroyc Germany saw the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. The fall of the wall that symbolized despotism in East Germany quickly led to the collapse of its communist government and unification with West Germany … Continue reading

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Small change coins called nuisance

By Richard Giedroyc “It seems the time has come to follow the lead of other governments and consign them to history,” the “them” being coins, according to an Oct. 12 South China Morning Post newspaper editorial. This is not the … Continue reading

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