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Random coin stampings untraceable

I have a French coin with a large “S” punched in horizontally across the bust. Who put it on the coin? The countermark on your coin is something that could have been added at any time from when the coin … Continue reading

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Bullion no longer just our secret

For many years the bullion coin business has been a profitable cash flow machine for the numismatic business. I remember the days of coin counting machines clanking away on the bourse floor. When bullion was frisky, conventions were noisy. With … Continue reading

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Ronald, Nancy Reagan coins arrive

Just like the 1984 presidential election, the Reagans are back in by a landslide. The United States Mint opened sales for the Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin on July 1. As of July … Continue reading

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Chet Krause taught by example

I am the longest-serving employee still working for the firm that Chet Krause founded. I arrived in 1978. Susie Melum followed a few weeks after me as a full-time hire. It was appropriate then that she was the one who … Continue reading

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Big sales for Nixon, Ford coins

Someone’s betting big on Nixon and Ford Presidential dollar coins. From June 19 to 26, the United States Mint reports selling 1,416 Nixon and 1,407 Ford 100-coin bags of Philadephia-minted Presidential dollar coins. That amounts to $282,300 in face value. … Continue reading

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Low quantities for 1871-CC quarter

Carson City has a well-deserved reputation for very tough coins. The origin of the Carson City reputation is silver dollars. Thanks to Carson City Morgan dollars discovered in Treasury vaults and sold to the public, the coins that created the … Continue reading

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Tracking prices not an easy thing

Could the trend of the coin market be tracked by following the results of a weekly or monthly local coin show? It would be necessary to have all the dealers at that show share their invoices to track the transactions … Continue reading

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Hold on to ‘circs’ for better return in future

Thank you for writing your recent blog of May 23 and publishing it in the June 14 Numismatic News, comparing the increases of value in $1 of circulated silver coins (you got) 51 years ago, from 1965 to 2016. Then, … Continue reading

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2016 gold Eagles reach milestone

A period of strong demand from bullion buyers helped propel 2016 gold Eagles to surpass one million coins sold. As of June 22, the Mint has sold 1,003,000 total gold Eagles representing 479,500 ounces of gold. In all of 2015, … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle sales take a pause

Orders for silver American Eagle bullion coins are faltering with just 81,000 coins sold between June 8 and June 15. It’s not a lack of supply that’s throttling sales as the Mint announced June 13 it had 1,672,500 silver Eagles … Continue reading

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