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1853-O half dime rarer than thought

Some coins are better than their mintages suggest and that is almost certainly the case with the 1853-O half dime. In fact, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: what’s a pennyweight?

By Richard Giedroyc Can you explain how pennyweight fits into this weight and purity system for gold? It takes 20 pennyweight to equal one troy ounce of gold. Another way to express this is one pennyweight being equal to 24 … Continue reading

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Coin themes should be more current

By Richard Giedroyc The April 7 issue of Numismatic News has a Page 1 story about celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with proposed commemorative coins. Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Chairman Gary Marks is quoted as saying, … Continue reading

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March gold Eagle sales beat last year’s

High demand for gold American Eagles in March of 2015 led sales to more than double compared to orders in March of 2014. In 2014, March saw 21,000 total ounces sold. In 2015, the same month saw Authorized Purchasers order … Continue reading

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2014 Limited Edition proof set finally released

After a long delay, the United States Mint began sales of the 2014 Limited Edition silver proof set on March 17. A press release from the Mint cited packaging changes as the reason for the wait. By March 22, buyers … Continue reading

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March of Dimes, gold Eagle proofs on sale

First day sales of the March of Dimes commemorative silver dollar, which released on March 13, are low with only 7,940 uncirculated and 16,436 proof coins sold. A three-coin set featuring the proof commemorative and two dimes comes out on … Continue reading

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March gold Eagle sales beat February’s

In terms of total ounces sold, gold American Eagle sales as of March 10 outsold February’s total by 1,000 ounces. Authorized Purchasers also ordered 1,373,500 silver American Eagles in the same time, though far from the 3,022,000 purchased in February. … Continue reading

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March bullion sales tiptoe ahead

March bullion sales as of March 5 stand at 2,250 one-ounce, 2,000 half-ounce, 2,000 quarter-ounce and 10,000 tenth-ounce gold Eagles. Authorized Purchasers also ordered 587,000 silver Eagles and 1,500 gold Buffaloes. The U.S. Marshals $5 gold uncirculated coin saw a … Continue reading

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2015 ATB silver proof set on sale

The United States Mint opened sales for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters silver proof set on Feb. 20 and buyers were excited. The Mint reported 46,681 sets were ordered by Feb. 22. This total is just shy of the … Continue reading

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Use new Mint techniques regularly

What have we learned from last year’s successful Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary coin program? No, this is not a column about crowd control at the American Numismatic Association convention. It is about what appeals to 21st century collectors. I … Continue reading

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