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2016 uncirculated mint set racks up sales

Four days after it went on sale May 18, the Mint had tallied sales of 127,489 for the 2016 uncirculated coin sets. This start puts it on track to match the sales level achieved by the 2015 set, which presently … Continue reading

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Chops change value, affect grading

Chopmarks on Trade dollars may increase their value, but only for certain dates and if the eye appeal is there. Trade dollars were minted from 1873 to 1885, though only as proofs from 1879 to 1885. Many of the business … Continue reading

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Three reasons for gold

When people discuss the reasons for owning gold and silver, there can sometimes be miscommunication because people can have different ideas of what it means to do so. For instance, do you consider owning gold and silver as a form … Continue reading

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Gold dime sales continue to fall

For the third consecutive week, 2016-W gold Centennial Mercury dime sales have fallen according to a United States Mint sales report. As of May 15, the total in collector $hands amounted to 117,695 coins out of a possible mintage of … Continue reading

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Deadly spider coin at $1,300

The Red Back Spider Dollar of Tuvalu has soared past the US$1,300 mark on the secondary market, more than 20 times issue price. In 2006 the first silver dollars in Tuvalu’s series of Deadly & Dangerous Australians were released by … Continue reading

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Fight with France strained Spanish coinage

By Bob Reis Imagine, if you will, that you lived in a country that had comprehensively not been taking care of business for most of the last 200 years, a country where your social position and your destiny was determined … Continue reading

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Hot market for Spink sale

By Kerry Rodgers If anyone held doubts that world paper money is running white hot, the results of Spink’s London sale of April 12-14 should lay these to rest. Spink’s Barnaby Faull points out that the £2.8 million sale total … Continue reading

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Latest Standard Catalog of World Paper Money released

The 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, edited by Maggie Judkins, is now available in two formats. Utilizing a worldwide network of numismatics experts, the 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper … Continue reading

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New ‘Hot Lips’ dime identified

Mark Joyner of Pennsylvania has added a second “Hot Lips” Doubled Die Obverse Roosevelt dime, a 1951, to his roster of finds. He reported a 1964-D dime with a doubled die on the profile, first to John Wexler and then … Continue reading

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Life left in proofs?

While annual proof sets no longer draw in collectors like they once did, there’s still a market for them as gifts or a cost-effective way to collect the year’s proof coins. Julian Leidman said annual proof sets aren’t as popular … Continue reading

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