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Britain bids farewell to round pound

By Kerry Rodgers On Dec. 16 the final run of Britain’s circulating round pound coins came off the production line at Llantrisant’s Royal Mint in the Welsh county of Rhondda Cynon Taf. The round pound was introduced on April 21, … Continue reading

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Import restrictions extended, not expanded

By Richard Giedroyc The U.S. State Department recently decided against expanding import restrictions to include Roman Imperial coins. The department did extend the existing Memo of Understanding with Italy that restricts the import of coins of ancient Greece, Etruscan, and … Continue reading

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Brutus gold aureus goes for $800,000

Over $26 million was realized by Classical Numismatic Group’s annual Triton auction. It was held Jan. 5-6 in conjunction with the 44th Annual New York International  Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 5-6, 2016. The total prices realized figure does not … Continue reading

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Gold up, financials down

Through the market closes on Feb. 8, here are the 2016 year-to-date results for some financial markets: Gold    +13.0% Silver     +11.8% Platinum +3.9% Australia S&P/ASX 200     -6.1% Sao Paulo Bovespa -6.4% Palladium -7.8% Dow Jones Industrial Average -8.0% … Continue reading

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Reagan coin designs unveiled

Coins featuring Ronald and Nancy Reagan will mark the end of two coin series in 2016. The United States Mint released designs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin on Feb. 6. The unveiling … Continue reading

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1793 Chain cent tops Pogue part three

Part three of the D. Brent Pogue auction shows the rarities don’t stop coming. The Feb. 9 sale called by Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s auction galleries brought in $17,135,613, including buyer’s fees. While no coin broke the $1 million barrier … Continue reading

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COTY Awards given at World Money Fair

The Coin of the Year trophy was presented to the U.S. Mint at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. Rhett Jeppson, principal deputy director of the U.S. Mint, accepted the award honoring the copper-nickel clad half dollar issued in … Continue reading

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2016 quarter proof sets to return

The 2016 clad quarter proof set will go back on sale Feb. 23 after being pulled due to a packaging design error. The $14.95 set briefly released Jan. 11 but sales were ended later that day. A statement from the … Continue reading

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What’s in a date on a national?

By Peter Huntoon The key date associated with the organization of a national bank was not the date of charter, but rather the date of organization, defined as the day when the last of the organizers signed their organization certificate … Continue reading

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Mercanti designs Aussie eagle

Since early 2014 Australia’s Perth Mint has been issuing a series of coins celebrating the country’s largest bird-of-prey: the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). When it comes to depicting eagles on coins the U.S. Mint has more than a little experience. … Continue reading

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