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1873 two-cent ended denomination

The 1873 two-cent piece was to be the final year for the coin series with a mintage of just proofs, the number estimated at 1,100 pieces although we cannot be absolutely certain. It was an unusual end for a denomination … Continue reading

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Mint issues Ike dollar, Truman Spouse

The United States Mint has once again released an Eisenhower dollar. The Ike Presidential dollar went on sale April 13 with 29,051 Philadelphia and 26,869 Denver 25-coin rolls, 752 Philadelphia and 731 Denver 100-coin bags and 2,806 Philadelphia and 2,468 … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt gold sold out?

The 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse gold coin appears to be sold out. The United States Mint website no longer lists the coin and the total sold has been removed from the weekly sales report. Latest numbers as of April … Continue reading

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April bullion sales start off light

Authorized Purchasers aren’t in any rush to buy bullion coins from the United States Mint at the start of April. From April 1 to April 7, just 1,000 half-ounce and 10,000 tenth-ounce gold Eagles were sold. In addition, only 1,500 … Continue reading

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Poll question puts a reader on edge

Our weekly online poll questions have become a popular addition to the pages of Numismatic News in recent years. Sometimes we ask questions that everyone has an opinion on and we get numerous responses. Some weeks we ask a question … Continue reading

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1853-O half dime rarer than thought

Some coins are better than their mintages suggest and that is almost certainly the case with the 1853-O half dime. In fact, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: what’s a pennyweight?

By Richard Giedroyc Can you explain how pennyweight fits into this weight and purity system for gold? It takes 20 pennyweight to equal one troy ounce of gold. Another way to express this is one pennyweight being equal to 24 … Continue reading

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Coin themes should be more current

By Richard Giedroyc The April 7 issue of Numismatic News has a Page 1 story about celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with proposed commemorative coins. Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Chairman Gary Marks is quoted as saying, … Continue reading

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March gold Eagle sales beat last year’s

High demand for gold American Eagles in March of 2015 led sales to more than double compared to orders in March of 2014. In 2014, March saw 21,000 total ounces sold. In 2015, the same month saw Authorized Purchasers order … Continue reading

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2014 Limited Edition proof set finally released

After a long delay, the United States Mint began sales of the 2014 Limited Edition silver proof set on March 17. A press release from the Mint cited packaging changes as the reason for the wait. By March 22, buyers … Continue reading

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