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Album sale beats estimate

Strong bidding was seen at Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Auction 31, which was held May 17-19, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif., the firm reported. Total prices realized was $1.2 million (including buyer’s fees) on an estimate of $1.04 million. CFO … Continue reading

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Bullion rises a bit, but some coins fall

Silver, gold and platinum are higher than they were a month ago. Silver is strongest, up to $16.84 compared to $16.24 last month. Gold is up $4.90 and platinum $2. These aren’t big numbers, but they are positive. It’s no … Continue reading

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1821 large cent tough to find in top grades

Just as some coins can be sleepers, and others sleepers with very little chance of waking up any time soon, coins can also be overrated. The contention has been made that the 1821 Coronet Head large cent is not as … Continue reading

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Pobjoy Mint offers Angry Birds™ coin

Pobjoy Mint has launched the world’s first interactive app game coin. Struck for Sierra Leone, the partially colored 38.60 mm, 28.28 gram cupro-nickel dollar introduces numismatics to the world of Angry Birds™ – the international video game franchise created by … Continue reading

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Wrong letter rolled in on 1875 $20 proof

The error on this 10-10-10-20 Series of 1875 proof from The Annville National Bank, PA, charter 2384, was spotted by Doug Murray. Notice that the siderographer rolled in the letter D instead of A in the righthand position on the … Continue reading

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Celtic gold stater tops at Rudd sale

The market for Celtic coins is alive, well and vibrant in Merrie England. Results are in for the latest sale from Chris Rudd’s “Celtic Coins.” Just 41 coins were on offer. As was to be expected, gold staters were to … Continue reading

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Check for whizzing on silver dollar

How can I tell if a Morgan dollar has altered surfaces and is not prooflike? Examine the coin under significant magnification and good lighting. If the coin has been whizzed to improve the surface appearance, it will become obvious through … Continue reading

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Enjoying the opportunity to observe

by Peter Huntoon I was provided the opportunity to observe the operation of an LEPE (large examining and printing equipment) press at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Washington printing plant on Nov. 13, 2017. It is the latest generation … Continue reading

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Beach blankets offer more appeal than coins

The annual summer slowdown appears to be upon us, a time of year when many collectors pay more attention to seasonal outdoor activities and family than to their hobby. A number of dealers have admitted that although they believe they … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Coins merit national tax exemption

By definition, sales and use taxes are called “consumption taxes” because they are imposed on items that are consumed or used up. Some states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon) do not assess any sales or use taxes. Most … Continue reading

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