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Canadian note gives me an idea

Canada has issued a special commemorative $10 note to celebrate its 150th anniversary. (See story here.) Its purple color is striking. It’s polymer composition is worth having a discussion about. It is only the fourth commemorative note ever issued by … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Doldrums nothin’ – let’s go backward

If you think some numbers are going backward, you are right. They are. Various items were reduced since the last time this column was published two weeks ago. Perhaps the most interesting is the 6,739 drop in the total of … Continue reading

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Interesting story behind 1864 Indian Head cent trio

The Indian Head cents of 1864 are a very interesting and historic group. As you may have guessed from the word “group,” there is more than one. In fact, there are three, and they join together to tell a very … Continue reading

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Identical marks on coins evidence of fakes

I have two About Uncirculated gold $20 double eagles, same date and mint mark, each with what appears to be identical contact marks on the obverse. What are the chances of this being legitimate, or do I more likely have … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Don’t forget to check the reverse

By Ken Potter As I was writing a story about an error cent, it occurred to me that most of the stories I’ve written in recent months revolved around checking the obverse of a coin for the date to see … Continue reading

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Error coins guaranteed to please

It is too bad that the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America doesn’t have more members. Is it the long name? Does that intimidate? Members call it CONECA for short. I have been privileged to share a meal … Continue reading

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Game counters look like old coins

What can you tell me about a coin that appears to be a mule of an Argentine coin and a U.S. gold quarter eagle? It’s been in the family for many years. Were it not for the disappointment, I would … Continue reading

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Pause to remember Chet Krause

Numismatic News founder Chester L. Krause was remembered at a short ceremony July 6 at the Iola, Wis., Car Show. Achievements of his long life, which ended at the age of 92, June 25, 2016, were cited by Clifford Mishler, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Proof sets lead a slow moving pack

Clad proof sets and silver proof sets are the most interesting Mint products this week. Sales of the 2017 clad set advanced by 7,654. At the same time, silver sets climbed by 6,148. Neither number is anything to write home … Continue reading

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1799 Bust dollar surprisingly available in Mint State

In almost every set of U.S. coins, there are going to be interesting dates and even a few surprises. You might call the 1799 Bust dollar one of those interesting and surprising dates. During the year prior, the Bust dollar’s … Continue reading

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