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Who has the biggest pile of gold $20s?

United States Steel was the first billion dollar corporation back in 1901. Apple looks like it will be the first trillion dollar corporation 117 years later. The maker of the iPhone is not there yet. It was trading at $201.70 … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Reverse proof numbers shy of sellout

Still interested in reverse proof sets? After all, a week is a long time in the Internet Age. Since the last column, the Mint has sold 39,281 of the San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set. This brings the total to … Continue reading

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Beauty, history behind Saint-Gaudens design appeal

Most of us cannot afford a 1907 Ultra High Relief example of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle. With fewer than 20 known and enormous demand, it can easily top $1 million when offered. The 1907 High Relief double eagle is much … Continue reading

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First commem definitely Columbian

Reader Frank Crowe wrote: This is in response to the Coin Clinic comment in the June 5 “Numismatic News” concerning the debate whether or not the Columbian Exposition half dollar should be considered the first commemorative coin or not. There … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Coin club officers scam targets?

By L.A. Saryan You’ve won the international lottery! A long-lost relative has passed away in a foreign country and left you an inheritance of $8.2 million! And all you need to do to claim your money is pay the transaction … Continue reading

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Fantasy treasure or 1804 dollars?

Facebook stock got hammered last night (July 25) after reporting disappointing earnings and future outlook. This is not a strictly numismatic bit of news, but I do have a numismatic reason for writing this. At its low point when Facebook … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Reverse proof sales lag regular proofs

It is perhaps ironic that the week I report the failure of the 2018 silver reverse proof set to sell out its maximum 200,000 sets I also report that the regular silver proof set just passed the 200,000 mark on … Continue reading

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Lower-grade 1810 half cents show price jump

Half cents are a lot tougher than you might think. Just try to buy one in G-4 condition – even an example that all the specialists would scoff at will cost you a very good premium over a similarly average … Continue reading

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Veterans opposed design

I would like to know what symbol was originally on the Peace dollar, but not distributed. Was it a broken sword? Do any exist? According to Q. David Bowers in Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States, “Representatives … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Save money, better art; why not act?

By Wayne Pearson To help with costs for the one-cent coin, do you think the introduction of a trime would be beneficial? If we made 16 trimes out of every 100 one-cent coins (48 cents), then we would need only … Continue reading

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