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Mintage can mislead for 1896-S Barber half

If you want to find the better Barber half dollars, your first rule should be to not get hung up on mintages. Yes, mintage can be a good indication on some coins of how tough they will be, but it … Continue reading

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Paquet $20s rare from Philadelphia

Can you explain what a Paquet coin is and how often such coins were struck? United States Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet used the font now bearing his name on some of his 1860 $20 double eagle gold coin patterns. … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mishler gets it wrong in response

By Ronald Brown I was not going to reply to Clifford Mishler’s comments about me or my letter to the editor, but misstatements/misquotes must be corrected for accuracy to be heard. Let the record state, I have no reason to … Continue reading

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Keep using ‘P’ on Philadelphia cents

It has been five months since the United States Mint began quietly releasing Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark on them. I am noticing an uptick in questions related to mintmarks. Is there a connection? I think there is, but … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold coins tell their stories in numbers

Let’s talk about gold. The gold Buffalo proof coin went on sale. Initial numbers show collectors grabbed 7,597 in the first three days. To make room, I took the 2016 gold proof sales number off the chart below. It was … Continue reading

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1932-S Washington quarter a twin key date

The 1932-S Washington quarter can easily be considered half of a pair of twin key dates. For decades, the 1932-D and 1932-S were priced at the same levels in most grades. It’s still that way today, at least in G-4 … Continue reading

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Two types of collars on coin press

What is the difference between a close and an open collar? A close collar allows a lettered edge to be placed on a coin simultaneously with the obverse and reverse images since the collar is slightly larger than is the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Tame ‘bullion bulls’ in hobby journalism

By V. Kurt Bellman After mowing my lawn on April 30, I sat down with a beverage and started going through emails on my portable device. This can absorb an awful lot of time some weeks. I only ever read … Continue reading

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Pick someone for Ambassador Award

Numismatic Ambassador Award nominations have been opened by the Florida United Numismatists. The hunt now begins for the next annual class of recipients to be recognized Jan. 5, 2018, at the Ambassador breakfast at the FUN convention in Tampa. Do … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: May bullion Eagles show a spark of life

Silver American Eagle bullion coins stand just short of 10 million coins sold in 2017. This week’s sales number of 450,00 put the May monthly total at 980,000. This already beats the April monthly total and two-thirds of the month … Continue reading

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