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Proof silver Eagle first collector coin in 2018

The first collector coin that the U.S. Mint will put on sale in 2018 is the proof silver American Eagle. It becomes available on the website Jan. 4. This is a good indication of how relatively popular the coin is … Continue reading

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Silver treat in your Christmas stocking?

Will Christmas demand for silver American Eagles help end 2017 on a strong note? So far, the evidence is skimpy. The Mint reports that initial December demand was 120,000 coins. For the entire month of November, 385,000 pieces were sold … Continue reading

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Mints celebrate the holiday season

The past several Christmas/Holiday seasons have seen more and more coins issued to celebrate the occasion. A few are from major mints. Many of the more recent issues are from smaller production houses. Australia’s Perth Mint is in its eighth … Continue reading

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19th century German note offers New Year greeting

By Neil Shafer It’s been a long time since I’ve used this venue to help greet the new year. So for this reason I have chosen to show such a greeting (no specified year) on a note from Germany that, … Continue reading

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Good King Wenceslas on Czech coins

In 1853, John Neale proclaimed, “Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen” … Neale’s words caught the fancy of many. They quickly became a popular Christmas carol – notwithstanding the indignant objections of pedantic academics. Despite the … Continue reading

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Eagle sales crash while coin firms rise

Despite lower metal prices, sales have slumped for U.S. Mint gold and silver American Eagle coins. GAE sales for November were down 92 percent from the same period one year earlier, while SAE were down 87 percent for the same … Continue reading

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Hawaii cents ‘sacrificed’ to volcano

Do you know the legend that surrounds the disappearance of the 1847 Hawaii cents? The reverse design of the 1847 cent includes a wreath of ohelo leaves and berries. This is a plant that grows on the slopes of Kilauea … Continue reading

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Low mintage opportunities abound in three overlooked series

By Mark Benvenuto Key date coins for any series can be fascinating. They are the dates or mintmarks we collectors all ache for. And we often calculate, compare, and assess whether or not they are worth adding to a collection. … Continue reading

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Medal marks heroic arctic voyage

In the 19th century, there were great hopes that a way could be found for ships to sail north of Russia and Canada and thus forge new routes for cargo vessels between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. The idea … Continue reading

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Who will get Coin of the Year Award?

Coin of the Year balloting is occurring later this year than last. The international panel of judges began voting as this electronic issue of Numismatic News was being prepared. Who will win? It is up to the judges to vote … Continue reading

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