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British proof sets top DNW bidding

For a long time now, historic proof sets have been blazing a white-hot trail across the British numismatic landscape. No more so was this evident than at Dix Noonan Webb’s June 12-14 sale. Leading the charge was a veiled-head Victorian … Continue reading

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Dave Michaels joins CNG

Ancient coin specialist David S. “Dave” Michaels returned to Classical Numismatic Group as of July 1. Michaels, who previously worked for the Lancaster, Pa., and London, England, firm from 1999-2001, has 30 years of experience in both running his own … Continue reading

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Gold aureus tops Goldberg bidding

A gold aureus of Roman Emperor Trajan Decius (RIC 22; Calicó 3297) was the top-selling ancient at Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers’ pre-Long Beach sale conducted June 10-13. It was a superb mint state lustrous piece. The obverse shows the … Continue reading

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Third scarab coin series released

In June, Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust (CIT) released the third set of a major coin series celebrating ancient Egypt’s scarab. The first coins in the series were introduced last year and proved instant sellouts helped, no doubt, by their simple … Continue reading

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Disastrous wars led to coin trickery

By Bob Reis Despite my earlier belief that Swedish copper plate money was not accepted for tax payments, I seem to have discovered that this is not correct. Apparently, one could pay one’s taxes with copper, but at a discount. … Continue reading

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Summer gold list issued

Steinberg’s Inc. has issued its sizzling summer 2018 world gold price list. All of the pieces offered have been certified by either the Professional Coin Grading Service or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Coins on the list include hundreds of new purchases … Continue reading

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Classic Dutch ducat design updated

Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt [Royal Dutch Mint] has announced that, after 32 years, the obverse of both the single and double gold ducats has been given a makeover. The mint’s designer has recreated the historic knight of Johan Willem Marmé, die … Continue reading

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Tokelau begins owl series

The Pacific island state of Tokelau recently announced a planned series of sixteen $5 coins celebrating “The Wonder of Owls.” Each of the 65 mm, 31.1g (one ounce) .999 fine silver proofs will carry the design of a stylized owl … Continue reading

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Token guide published

By Howard A. Daniel III French Southeast Asia Coins & Tokens, Lansen, A.J. & Van Der Beek, M.L.F., Self-published, IJsselstein, The Netherlands, 2018, 146 pages. When I first started collecting, researching and writing about the Dutch East Indies numismatic pieces, … Continue reading

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First ‘dollar’ of Americas in auction

Heritage Auction’s World and Ancient Coin Platinum Night at the August American Numismatic Association convention will feature “The First Dollar of the Americas,” a hammered Mexico City-minted Carlos and Joanna 8 reales of 1538. It was only in 1947 that … Continue reading

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