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Fort Moultrie quarter attracts crowd

by Lowell Knouff The United States Mint wrapped up the 2016 America the Beautiful quarter program with the Nov. 17 launch of the Fort Moultrie quarter on the grounds of the 240-year-old Fort Moultrie facing the Charleston, S.C., harbor. As … Continue reading

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Shake hands, have a conversation

Plan to go to a coin show in 2017. Pick one. It will do you good. It does not matter whether you would like to fly to Fort Lauderdale for a winter getaway at the Florida United Numismatists convention, or … Continue reading

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Autumn market picks up in Michigan

Paper money was in demand at the Michigan State Numismatic Society convention held Nov. 25-27 in Warren. Minnesota dealer Ed Rothberg said, “I’d say it’s been brisk,” how his results were after the first day. In evaluating his recent sales … Continue reading

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Reverse proof might not be one

Readers be warned!  If you are offered an 2004 (or any date) silver American Eagle that appears at first glance to be a reverse proof,  it might be a post-mint alteration of a genuine coin. At the Michigan State Numismatic … Continue reading

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India stampedes into bullion

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi announced on live television Nov. 8 that the government would immediately begin withdrawing the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes from circulation. Their face values are roughly $7.50 and $15 in U.S. funds, respectively. This was part … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Another strong month for gold Eagles

Gold bullion American Eagles are still hot as pistols. The one-ounce had its best month of sales in 2016 in November. It beat the previous high in October by 9,500 to reach 110,000 pieces. Silver bullion Eagles went in the … Continue reading

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‘Jefferson Head’ rarity

On rare occasion one sees a 1795 “Jefferson” cent offered for sale and, in fact, the head of Liberty on the coin does look like Thomas Jefferson. It is not that president, however, and the background of this piece is … Continue reading

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Collectible classics: Early commems offer value

by Mark Benvenuto One of the amazing aspects of our hobby is that it is large and varied enough that every now and again a series that was once hot has cooled off, and thus deserves a second look. Those … Continue reading

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British pocket change worth collecting

Collectors in the United States often complain there is nothing worth collecting in our pocket change. Not so, if you happen to be in Great Britain! Some so-called small change is bringing big money in merry old England. The coins … Continue reading

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Coins vie for COTY honors

Australia and Canada have the most nominations in the annual Coin of the Year Award competition. The first round of voting by an international panel of judges must work through a list of 10 categories in which 98 nominated coins … Continue reading

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