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Copies and fakes create problems

By Richard Giedroyc Why was the Hobby Protection Act enacted? Replica coins and bank notes are not meant to deceive, but to be sold as souvenirs or examples. Too many entry-level collectors were purchasing these without understanding these replicas are … Continue reading

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Add another fan of keeping the cent

By Robert Matitia It has been interesting to read about the almost exhausting debate that has been featured in the pages of many numismatic periodicals, including Numismatic News, regarding the conundrum of whether “to abolish the cent or not to … Continue reading

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Rooting for the U.S. team in Berlin

It was good to see U.S. Mint staff in Berlin to attend the World Money Fair. I would like to think picking up the Coin of the Year Award provided at least some incentive for Rhett Jeppson, the principal deputy … Continue reading

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Fort Knox gold arrived in 1937

By Richard Giedroyc When was the original gold deposit placed in Fort Knox? The U.S. Gold Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Ky., was built in 1936. In the first six months of 1937, there were 445,501 gold bars, weighing 157,820,192 … Continue reading

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Full split bands lead to full headache

Nobody likes to think about tax time, but if you are expecting a refund, the earlier you wade through the process the better. I know someone is thinking this way because I received an email from an individual who said … Continue reading

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Nixon’s back – on a dollar coin, that is

President Richard Nixon is now on the dollar as the Mint released his Presidential dollar coin Feb. 3. As of Feb. 7, collectors have purchased 29,639 Philadelphia and 27,922 Denver 25-coin rolls, 757 Philadelphia and 717 Denver 100-coin bags and … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook potential in 1871 cent

We already know the 1871 Indian Head cent may well be one of the best Indian Head cents in MS-65, but the possibility exists that it is even better than we already suspect. The situation back in 1871 was a … Continue reading

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Mark Twain silver dollar coins released

The 2016 Mark Twain silver dollar coins have finally arrived as orders began Feb. 1. The Mint estimates around 23,900 proof and 9,600 uncirculated coins were purchased in the first day of sales. The coins were to be released Jan. … Continue reading

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GAO leaves coin questions to Mint

If you are like me, you often find yourself listening to an oldies radio station that replays the hits of half a century ago. In its own way, the U.S. Mint is replaying its hit of 1965 when it found … Continue reading

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Coin counterfeiters met with death

Was counterfeiting coins ever a capital offense in the United States? Benjamin Franklin used the slogan “to counterfeit is death” on Colonial paper money  and he printed it for a reason. George Washington demanded David Farnsworth and John Blair, two … Continue reading

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