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New book prize created by AINA

A new award called the Shekel Prize has been created by the board of directors of the American Israel Numismatic Association. It is to be given annually to the author of the best book published on the subject of Ancient … Continue reading

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Medal designs show WWI military

The designs of five silver medals were revealed by the Mint on Oct. 10. They will be issued in 2018 to mark the Centennial of World War I. Each 90 percent silver dollar-sized medal honors a branch of military service … Continue reading

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Put coins in children’s hands

I have just returned to the office from participating in the U.S. Mint’s Numismatic Forum in Washington, D.C. Next week, I will go over the event in more detail. However, there was one simple comment during the program on how … Continue reading

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Thieves steal only coins in bank robbery

It almost sounds like something out of a “Three Stooges” movie. Thieves break into a bank after hours. They leave all the high-denomination bank notes behind, but they take all the low-denomination coins they can carry. That is exactly what … Continue reading

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China leads Album sale results

A Chinese rarity topped bidding when Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Auction 29 on Sept. 14-15, at its offices in Santa Rosa, Calif. The total of prices realized was $1.20 million (including buyer’s fees) on a pre-sale estimate of … Continue reading

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New gold sovereign edition a must

Marsh, M.A. The Gold Sovereign (revised Steve Hill). Token Publishing. pp. viii, 184. 2017. ISBN 979-1908828-36-1. For all students and collectors of British gold coins, this new edition of Michael Marsh’s classic is a must. Steve Hill’s complete revision and … Continue reading

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Surviving supply of 1960 halves is limited

The 1960 Franklin half dollar should be getting more serious attention. It may eventually prove to be one of those coins that surprises everyone with its high price. With a current value of $340 for an MS-65 example with full … Continue reading

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Genius Newton chased counterfeiters

Sir Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25, 1642. The Royal Mint has marked the 375th anniversary of the birth of its former Warden and Master by issue of a commemorative 50-pence coin. This is the first UK coin to … Continue reading

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Boggs blurred lines between art and money

Editor’s Note: This article is Part I of a two-part study of James Stephen George Boggs, the internationally famous money artist who died at age 62 in late January of this year. By Neil Shafer We first met in the … Continue reading

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Apex predator on Niue $100

In recent years, the Saltwater Crocodile has become a popular subject for coins. This is the critter known as Crocodylus porosus by scientists and Saltie by Australians. Human facination with them may stem from the fact that Salties regard us … Continue reading

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