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September bullion sales second best

September platinum, silver and gold bullion sales were the second best this year so far in terms of ounces sold. Platinum American Eagles, facing weak sales and a sales cut-off date of Oct. 1, had 2,700 ounces sold in September. … Continue reading

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Designs give reviewers a workout

If you do not believe the nation’s coin artists are busy, perhaps this issue of Numismatic News will persuade you otherwise. Pages are chock full of potential and recommended coin and medal designs as reviewed by the Commission of Fine … Continue reading

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Collectors overlook 1918-D Buffalo

It is definitely easy to overlook the 1918-D Buffalo nickel simply because a small number of its mintage were the famous 1918/17-D overdate. Of course, back in 1918, no one noticed and decades later when the 1918/17-D was discovered, it … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Coins wear in owners’ pockets

By Richard Giedroyc One recent question asked in your column is how long it takes for coins to wear. In 1982, when the new George Washington commemorative half dollar came out in silver I decided to carry one of these … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Dime find was recorded by camera

By Curt Wood A few old-timers can tell you something of what it was like to be a 10-year-old Young Numismatist in 1953, and I’m one of them. But I think it likely that I’m quite literally the only such … Continue reading

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Bullion sales up with low metal prices

Authorized Purchasers are placing more bullion orders from the U.S. Mint as precious metals prices go lower and lower. Sales of the one-ounce gold bullion American Eagle were up between last report on Sept. 16 and Sept. 23, rising from … Continue reading

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Platinum Eagle cutoff meets apathy

Despite an announcement from the Mint Sept. 8 that it would end sales of the 2014 platinum American Eagle bullion coin on Oct. 1, buyers only purchased 200 coins since the announcement. Gold Eagles saw a boost in sales, with  … Continue reading

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How about making a fresh start?

If you could start coin collecting all over again, what would you do differently? Another way of putting this question is: if you were completely free to collect anything that appeals to you, what would it be? Too many of … Continue reading

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Bagmarks spoil Illinois half dollars

It’s technically the Illinois Centennial half dollar but it is Abraham Lincoln who dominates the design and is known to many as the Lincoln-Illinois Centennial half dollar. The fact that the Illinois Centennial half dollar was dated 1918 should give … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Emotion sells coins

By Richard Giedroyc In the Sept. 9 issue someone inquired about 9-11 memorial coins. What I have falls into the bullion type coin. The front is the Twin Towers, the Statue of Liberty and smaller buildings silhouetted on clear background, … Continue reading

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