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Letters to the Editor (November 15, 2016)

Couple errors appear in Draped Bust half feature There is one very important error in Bob Julian’s otherwise nice article on Draped Bust half cents in the Oct. 18 issue of Numismatic News. He says of the 1805s, “one variety … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Demand high for gold American Eagles

Demand for gold American Eagles is on fire. For the one-ounce bullion Eagle, it will take sales of just 3,500 more in the last few days of October to equal the top selling month of the year, which was April. … Continue reading

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Confederate $20 tells interesting tale

To be a great coin, it does not have to be rare and worth millions of dollars. A high price certainly helps, but there are other great coins that while not common are at least possible for many collectors to … Continue reading

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Pay up for quality or ignore 1911-D $5

The Indian Head half eagle is a much tougher set than many realize, especially if the goal is assembling it in MS-65. In fact, such a high grade set might be impossible unless you have an unlimited budget. One of … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Standing Liberty takes step backward

Is it a coincidence that the week we report that the issue price of the gold Standing Liberty quarter dropped from $485 to $472.50 that the running sales number also fell? Buyers of expensive gold coins know when prices are … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Gold remains center of buyer attention

Buyers continue to show high interest in coins made of gold. Collectors grabbed another 4,029 100th anniversary Standing Liberty quarters. The total now stands at 79,367. Maximum mintage is 100,000. Bullion buyers made September the third most active gold Eagle … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Gold Standing Liberty demand jumps

There are two big surprises in this week’s numbers. The first is a big gain by the gold Standing Liberty quarter. With the household order limit removed, the door was opened to multi-coin buyers. The result was a huge gain … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Gold Standing Liberty makes debut

Gold Standing Liberty quarters appear on the second page of Mint Statistics for the first time. They go on the board with sales of 53,378. That is far short of the 100,000 available. As if in sympathy, the sales total … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver Liberty steps back a little bit

Since we cannot talk about a sellout of the gold Standing Liberty quarter, how about talking about yesterday’s sellout, or to be more precise, the Aug. 23 sellout of the silver Liberty medal? Some orders didn’t work out. There was … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver bullion Eagle sales glide lower

Can you believe it? For a third month in a row, sales of silver bullion American Eagles declined. Admittedly, the decline is small, just 90,000 pieces. The Mint sold 1,280,000 coins in August to its Authorized Purchasers, compared to 1,370,000 … Continue reading

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