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Coin Clinic: First Washington quarters rationed

By Richard Giedroyc Was there any public interest in the 1932 Washington quarters when they were released? The public announcement of the coins as commemoratives set off a buying boom. When they were issued on Aug 1, 1932, the banks … Continue reading

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October bullion sales start off big

October’s bullion sales in just the first week are impressive after a strong showing in September. Silver American Eagles saw purchases in the first week of October at 2,250,000, well over half the total September sales amount of 4,140,000. Gold … Continue reading

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Ready to buy or sell on 2016 date?

Some collectors are already anticipating the prospects of 2016 U.S. Mint reproductions of 1916 designs. But rather than spending nearly two years just waiting around, now might be the time to actually collect the original Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter … Continue reading

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Potential seen in 1935 Peace dollar

Normally speaking, there would not be a lot of attention paid to the 1935 Peace dollar. In fact, the main claim to fame of the 1935 Peace dollar is that it, along with the 1935-S, were the last Peace dollars … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Plastic coin issue might be first – or not

By Richard Giedroyc Transdniester recently issued coins made of plastic. Are they really the first government to issue coins of this material as they claim to be? When you say “first government,” that becomes questionable. Keeling Cocos was established by … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mint sales at show created interest

By Bruce R. Frohman The U.S. Mint deserves a big thank you for kicking off sales of the new proof Kennedy gold commemorative coins at the American Numismatic Association convention in Rosemont, Ill.  The event brought a lot of attention … Continue reading

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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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