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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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Grades multiplied over years

How did we go from Morgan silver dollars simply being graded uncirculated to our convoluted Mint State-60 to MS-70 plus additional stickers system? The numerical system began with grades MS-60, MS-63, and MS-65. By the mid-1980s, it became obvious this … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: It’s all about those mintage, population numbers

When I was a kid, I learned that rarity and condition were the two factors that determined value. Very old coins could be common because they are numerous. Modern coins can be rare because few were made, or the mintage … Continue reading

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It might be time to worry – or not

I was conversing with a dealer from the national circuit the other day about the seemingly slow start to the 2017 autumn collecting season. He is earning his living, but he has nothing to write home about. I can write … Continue reading

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Numerous overdates in GSA sale

How many of the 80/79 and 8/7 overdates were included in the GSA sales of the 1880-CC dollars? Out of the 131,000+ 1880-CC dollars, about 50,000 were overdate varieties. Slightly more than 15,000 of those were the VAM-4 variety of … Continue reading

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Palladium bullion coin hard to peg

Is the 2017 one-ounce palladium American Eagle a bullion coin that some collectors will happen to collect? Or, is the new coin, with a mintage of just 15,000, destined to be solely a collector coin? Right now, I don’t think … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Let’s look at bullion and proof sets

Bullion coins have made a slow start in October. Gold Buffaloes put 1,000 pieces on the board. On the bright side, this number is two-thirds of the 1,500 sold in all of September. Perhaps I should write that Buffaloes are … Continue reading

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1885 Seated Liberty half tough but available

When is a rarity not a rarity? The answer might well be a coin like the 1885 Seated Liberty half dollar. While certainly a tough and valuable coin, it is actually more available than its very low mintage would suggest. … Continue reading

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Where does the ‘Clinic’ column appear?

Currently the Coin Clinic column is being published only in Numismatic News (and perhaps World Coin News?), but not in Coins magazine. When was the last time such a column was present in Coins? Also, does Bank Note Reporter have … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: PNG warns bullion buyers of risks

Editor’s Note: The following is a warning issued by the Professional Numismatists Guild. Following the recent fraud charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against a California gold seller, a trade group composed of veteran precious metals experts is … Continue reading

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