Author Archives: Russell Rulau

Notes show deep historical roots

How many of my fellow Numismatic News readers are military buffs, whether from prior service or just historically minded? I’d guess lots, based on two articles I did in 2009 and the barrage of letters and emails that followed. Continue reading

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German post tells rest of collector story


Collecting coins as a senior sergeant in Cold War Germany was very much different from the World War II experiences I outlined in the May 26 Numismatic News. Continue reading

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Military service experiences fueled hobby

Harvesting the memories of World War II servicemen before death or memory lapse has become a cottage industry in the 21st century. Continue reading

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New record set for 1841-O

A leading Florida Gulf Coast dealer paid $4,000 for a Very Fine condition 1841-O $10 gold piece Aug. 24 at the Sunday Palm Beach Coin Club show in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was a new price record for this coin in VF. Continue reading

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Could these be Civil War tokens from Texas?

No Civil War token has ever been reported from Texas, but we present here a group of counterstamped coins that are likely candidates for that honor. Continue reading

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Walker

Altered outside the U.S. Mint, Walking Liberty half dollars have suddenly become a topic of numismatic intensity since I wrote (in the March 11 issue of Numismatic News) a short article titled Continue reading

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‘Smileyface’ 1945 half dollar intrigues author

Here is reported what can be termed a Continue reading

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Peace medal tops token sale

A hollow Jefferson Indian Peace medal brought the largest bid of a mail -bid sale by Rich Hartzog. Continue reading

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New-found Peace medal in Hartzog sale Nov. 7

A previously unknown example of the Thomas Jefferson hollow silver shell Peace medal prepared by the U.S. Mint, and the balance of Dr. Gregory Brunk Continue reading

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Gold climbing again after dip

Are the Gulf Arab states buying up all the physical gold they can? Why did gold and the other precious metals have a sharp price decrease after the Dec. 8 and 9 blowoff high? The Dubai gold market was hyperactive in December. That is not a definitive Continue reading

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