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More than one issue price for coins

Why don’t you include the issue prices in the Coin Market listings for the commemoratives? It would be helpful at tax time. We do get an occasional call for issue prices, but most collectors are aware of the IRS regulations … Continue reading

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Future where only -70s will matter

I am an optimist. Coin collecting will always exist. Something that we can trace to Renaissance princes 700 years ago who started with ancient Roman coins to celebrate their ancestors is not going to disappear. What will happen is it … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Eagles hog the limelight in early April

In the opening days of April the Mint sold 255,000 silver American Eagle bullion coins, a figure that is nothing to write home about. Complete March figures are below, as well as the numbers for 2017 through April 5. For … Continue reading

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1875 a key date for Trade dollar short set

Finding better-than-average Trade dollars is not an easy thing, especially ones in top grades. The situation is compounded for Philadelphia coins, since the toughest Trade dollars have been from Carson City. While mintages play a part, this situation appears to … Continue reading

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Two Franklin types puzzle reader

I have two 1956 Franklin half dollar. I have both Type 1 and 2, but my program doesn’t tell me which is which. All it says is that one is the reverse of 1950-1955 and the two is from 1957-1963, … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Make a deal to get cheaper bullion

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published as a news story on www.NumismaticNews.net and also ran in the March 24 e-newsletter. By Patrick A. Heller I recently discussed how the sales of bullion-priced precious metals coins and bars have been … Continue reading

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Liberty design makes medal popular

If the 1977 Liberty dollar medal on the cover two weeks ago appealed to you, join the club. Many readers found it so and hurried to order one for themselves. I had an email from Jared Grove of Grove Minting … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: 2017 proof Eagle has landed on the page

Proof silver American Eagles have landed below. The first number is 233,010 sold in the first three days of availability. The 2017 issue has the traditional reeded edge, unlike last year’s edge letting to mark the 30th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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First Morgan struck for President

Is there any record of the first Morgan dollar struck in 1878? The coin was located in the Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum in Freemont, Ohio. Silver dollar experts Leroy Van Allen and Pete Bishal found the certificate in … Continue reading

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Nowhere else can you spend old coin

Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading

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