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Error coins not seized

What happened to the eight illegally obtained 2000-P double denomination coins you mentioned last week? It does not appear the government has taken any legal action to seize these coins, and they remain in private hands. A single collector allegedly … Continue reading

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Sacagawea dollars struck in gold

Were gold composition Sacagawea dollar coins ever struck by the Mint? Gold $5 Sacagawea coins were struck in 1999 with the intention of selling them to the public. The Mint’s authority to produce these was questioned, with the coins subsequently … Continue reading

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Pattern for blind ahead of its time

Please tell me what a “blind man’s nickel” is. It’s a rarity, that’s for certain. Two 1882 pattern nickels, Judd 1683 and 1697, each had five equally spaced bars on edge. Listed by Haseltine in a March 1, 1883, sale … Continue reading

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Boy Scout medal features swastika

What can you tell me about a medal on which a Boy Scout appears mounted on a horse on one side, with a reverse swastika on the other side? These medals were issued between 1910 and 1914 by the Excelsior … Continue reading

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Maverick tokens can be tracked down

Please find attached two pictures of a token that I have recently acquired. Would you be able to help me identify what this token is or point me in the direction of where I can find material on how to … Continue reading

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Short snorters organized by signatures

Is there a way in which people typically collect short snorters? There are many ways to collect these notes, but the most popular is likely when the note provides information including names, ranks, serial numbers, military unit designations, and other … Continue reading

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Reference catalog not an offer to sell

If you don’t buy or sell coins, why do you publish all those catalogs offering them for sale? Catalogs, like coins, come in varieties. There are two principal varieties of coin catalogs: reference catalogs and sale catalogs. We publish only … Continue reading

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BEP just one issuer of souvenir cards

Should I consider Bureau of Engraving and Printing printed souvenir cards to be the only true souvenir cards? Souvenir cards are an exonumia area of collecting occasionally sought by both coin and stamp collectors. The BEP began its current program … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales service with a smile?

Would you please translate “Ich Dien,” the German phrase on the English twopence? It means “I Serve,” from the badge of the Prince of Wales. It dates to Edward, the Black Prince (1330-1376).   Are there any coins that show … Continue reading

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Eagle box tape shows mint of origin

Between 2011 and 2014, the San Francisco Mint facility supplemented production of silver American Eagles otherwise struck at West Point; yet despite lacking a telltale mintmark, the certification services have been able to encapsulate these coins identifying which mint made … Continue reading

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