Author Archives: Lisa Bellavin

Did the earthquake make rarities?

The coins of San Francisco have a knack for raising questions that frequently cannot be answered. The original San Francisco facility chose its first year of production to make token amounts of quarter and half eagles that virtually no one … Continue reading

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Community Voice Responses (11/22/2011)

From the Oct. 28 Numismatic News E-Newsletter: Should Congress end the First Spouse coin and medal program? Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper. Yes, they should be ended, I have not bought one … Continue reading

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Buried $20 gold coins to be sold

A $130,000 worth of American $20 gold pieces dug up in a garden in Great Britain will be auctioned by Morton & Eden in association with Sotheby’s Nov. 29-30 in London. Called the Hackney Hoard from the London location where … Continue reading

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Biggest gold now Australian

On Oct. 26 Australia’s Perth Mint unveiled the world’s largest ever gold coin: a legal-tender $1 million face value 1,000 kilo (1 metric ton) mega-monster. Continue reading

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OCCC show features YN exhibits

More than 200 were in attendance for the Ocean County, N.J., Coin Club’s annual show and exhibits on Sept. 10. “Although a little smaller than some of our previous shows, we had some strong comments from visitors, members and dealers … Continue reading

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Even by type, quarters a challenge

It used to be that collecting quarters by type created a compact little set. Because assembling a small set is much cheaper to do than collecting every quarter by date and mintmark since the first one was struck in 1796, … Continue reading

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First Beverly Hills sale in November

This November, Heritage Auctions will be conducting a rare coin auction in their Beverly Hills office. It will be the first time Heritage has hosted one of its numismatic auctions at this location. For those who are unable to attend … Continue reading

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Cost no object at ANA show?

The ANA show in Chicago was a success. It had the largest bourse floor ever. Trading was continuous from the start of each day to the finish. One trend of particular note is that most of the larger companies reported … Continue reading

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This week’s letters (08/02/11)

As a coin, the dollar coin is ugly. Not the designs, but the condition they are in when they come from the Mint. All of the coins seem beat to death with scuffs and bag marks, as though they have been through a rock tumbler.
I get 12-year old cents and dimes in better shape. The dollar coins are not made with metals that are conducive to eye appeal after normal distribution practices by the Mint. I have to go through several rolls to find even one coin that I can add into my raw set. Continue reading

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Coin dealers in crosshairs

Coin thefts and robberies are increasing at conventions, coin shops and in homes. And all too often, they’re becoming violent. The 89-year-old owner of a coin shop in Sherman Oaks, Calif., was tied up and robbed at gunpoint in June. … Continue reading

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