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Buyers take a smorgasbord approach

There are no home runs this week. Buyers are active, but spreading their dollars around various Mint products. Proof baseball half dollars advanced by 8,852 this week to 119,869. The uncirculated version moved ahead by 4,758 coins to 74,203. Proof … Continue reading

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The misunderstood dollar: Gobrecht coins cause confusion

The Gobrecht silver dollars of 1836-1839 have proven to be among the most contentious and, at the same time, the least understood coins of our numismatic history. Actually the story is rather straightforward but the clash of conflicting theories has … Continue reading

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Frosted Freedom Coin to Cross the Block

An error 2007-W platinum American Eagle quarter-ounce coin where FREEDOM on the reverse is frosted instead of having a mirror surface is being auctioned by GreatCollections on its website. Ending date is April 27. This is just the second known … Continue reading

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Did you see a Smoky sellout coming?

While we were all looking at baseball sales sellouts, some dyed-in-the-wool collectors were busy ordering the daylights out of the Smoky Mountains 5-ounce silver coin. The 2014-P collector version goes on the chart below at 21,415. That’s already almost as … Continue reading

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Where coins went not always known

  Where did some of the best U.S. coins ever made go? We have in many cases mintage totals, but in many of those cases totals seem to suggest that more coins of many dates and types should be available … Continue reading

The story of the 1844 Seated Liberty dime is surrounded by a number of myths made up to explain what couldn’t otherwise be.
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Shenandoah quarter arrives at ceremony

The Shenandoah National Park quarter was officially introduced April 4 at the Front Royal, Va., Skyline High School. Continue reading

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Tax exemption starts

A sales tax exemption on the sales of rare coins and precious metals became law April 2 in Nebraska when Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 867.
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CCAC picks new eagle

Is it time for a new design for the reverse of the silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coin? Continue reading

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Proof Eagles in shadow of baseball

The baseball silver dollar has sold out, so the sales numbers on this page are now simply curiosities compiled by the Mint on April 6. Continue reading

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Seeking profit only leads to loss

Yesterday, as has happened hundreds of times before, a customer approached me who is considering taking up the collection of rare coins for a hobby. He was nearing retirement and looking for something to do with his anticipated spare time. Continue reading

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