Author Archives: Lisa Bellavin

1855 half cent hoarded and ignored

Normally speaking, the 1855 half cent gets as little attention as a 3-year-old car gets driving down the highway. Like a middle-aged car, the 1855 half cent is just not very noticeable because it is rather common. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Bullion in focus as year opens

Bullion coin sales begin strongly as the year starts. Take a look at the 2011 aggregate totals in the column at the far right. They have been revised and some 2010 coin numbers sold in early 2011 have been backed … Continue reading

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Community Voice Responses (01/24/2012)

From the Dec. 30 Numismatic News E-Newsletter: Should the Mint stop making modern commemorative halves? Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor, Dave Harper.   No the Mint shouldn’t stop making them. I just think it … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Proof gold jumps for holiday

The week with Christmas in it seems to have some interesting impacts on demand for U.S. Mint products. As might be expected, the holiday can explain a general slowing down in the sales of various Mint products. Perhaps unexpected was … Continue reading

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1855-C gold $1 eclipsed by 1855-D

There is a good case to be made that Charlotte gold dollars do not get the attention they should, and the 1855-C is one of many examples of this.s. Continue reading

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Fed $5 set spans nearly 100 years

If you really want to assemble a complete collection of one denomination of Federal Reserve Notes that will span all years of Federal Reserve Notes from their beginning with Series 1914 as large-size notes to the present day it might … Continue reading

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Wiles releases e-book

Dr. James Wiles announced the release of The Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Book, Vol. 1: 1909-1958 on Nov. 28. Wiles’ new e-book, available in CD-ROM format, contains more than 12,500 high magnification, color, digital photos, including marker photos for 667 … Continue reading

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Community Voice Responses (12/20/2011)

From the Dec. 2 Numismatic News E-Newsletter: Is the Presidential dollar series helping to educate kids about history? Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor, Dave Harper. Continue reading

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Educational programs anchor FUN show

Sixteen free educational programs will highlight the 2012 Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando. The talks will occur over three days, starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 with dealer Tony Swicer offering advice entitled, “Rip-offs, Scams and Raw Deals … Continue reading

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Gold in FUN sale

Rare gold will highlight a Heritage Auction Signature Sale Jan. 3-8, 2012, in Orlando, Fla., during the Florida United Numismatists convention. Featured in the sale, which includes a Platinum Night, will be what is likely the finest known 1921 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece, according to the catalogers. Continue reading

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