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Where coins went not always known

  Where did some of the best U.S. coins ever made go? We have in many cases mintage totals, but in many of those cases totals seem to suggest that more coins of many dates and types should be available … Continue reading

The story of the 1844 Seated Liberty dime is surrounded by a number of myths made up to explain what couldn’t otherwise be.
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Shenandoah quarter arrives at ceremony

The Shenandoah National Park quarter was officially introduced April 4 at the Front Royal, Va., Skyline High School. Continue reading

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Tax exemption starts

A sales tax exemption on the sales of rare coins and precious metals became law April 2 in Nebraska when Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 867.
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CCAC picks new eagle

Is it time for a new design for the reverse of the silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coin? Continue reading

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Proof Eagles in shadow of baseball

The baseball silver dollar has sold out, so the sales numbers on this page are now simply curiosities compiled by the Mint on April 6. Continue reading

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Seeking profit only leads to loss

Yesterday, as has happened hundreds of times before, a customer approached me who is considering taking up the collection of rare coins for a hobby. He was nearing retirement and looking for something to do with his anticipated spare time. Continue reading

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Lasers improve life of coin dies

Study your coins and you will find some have die cracks, raised lines resulting from the later state of a deteriorating die from which these coins were struck. Continue reading

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There is nothing like a Dame

Bank notes are a great place to learn stuff. In March of last year I had never heard of the Dame of Elche. Then in April I experienced a full frontal confrontation. She is remarkable. Continue reading

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Ruth Hill collection to be featured

Described as a “crowning achievement” of any Chinese bank note collection is this 1953 People’s Republic of China 10 yuan from the Ruth Hill collection. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: 50th anniversary Kennedy bad idea

In my opinion a 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar commemorative issue would be meaningless. Continue reading

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