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Keep using ‘P’ on Philadelphia cents

It has been five months since the United States Mint began quietly releasing Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark on them. I am noticing an uptick in questions related to mintmarks. Is there a connection? I think there is, but … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold coins tell their stories in numbers

Let’s talk about gold. The gold Buffalo proof coin went on sale. Initial numbers show collectors grabbed 7,597 in the first three days. To make room, I took the 2016 gold proof sales number off the chart below. It was … Continue reading

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1932-S Washington quarter a twin key date

The 1932-S Washington quarter can easily be considered half of a pair of twin key dates. For decades, the 1932-D and 1932-S were priced at the same levels in most grades. It’s still that way today, at least in G-4 … Continue reading

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Two types of collars on coin press

What is the difference between a close and an open collar? A close collar allows a lettered edge to be placed on a coin simultaneously with the obverse and reverse images since the collar is slightly larger than is the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Tame ‘bullion bulls’ in hobby journalism

By V. Kurt Bellman After mowing my lawn on April 30, I sat down with a beverage and started going through emails on my portable device. This can absorb an awful lot of time some weeks. I only ever read … Continue reading

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Pick someone for Ambassador Award

Numismatic Ambassador Award nominations have been opened by the Florida United Numismatists. The hunt now begins for the next annual class of recipients to be recognized Jan. 5, 2018, at the Ambassador breakfast at the FUN convention in Tampa. Do … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: May bullion Eagles show a spark of life

Silver American Eagle bullion coins stand just short of 10 million coins sold in 2017. This week’s sales number of 450,00 put the May monthly total at 980,000. This already beats the April monthly total and two-thirds of the month … Continue reading

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Good old 8894 most numerous fake

I have an old note, serial number 8894, but it is $10,000 rather than $1,000. You have an alteration of a copy. No. 8894 on a Bank of the United States $1,000 note is perhaps the most copied note in … Continue reading

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FUN show bus program worthy one

Is this a news story? Is this a column? It’s both. I just had a email from Tony Swicer. He wants to remind all Florida clubs about the Florida United Numismatists bus program. Any coin club that charters a bus … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Clad proof sets make Eagles look good

Let’s jump right into May’s bullion Eagle figures. They are nothing to write home about – yet. While it is possible May sales numbers will remain below April’s, it is not likely. There really is nowhere to go but up … Continue reading

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