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March bullion sales tiptoe ahead

March bullion sales as of March 5 stand at 2,250 one-ounce, 2,000 half-ounce, 2,000 quarter-ounce and 10,000 tenth-ounce gold Eagles. Authorized Purchasers also ordered 587,000 silver Eagles and 1,500 gold Buffaloes. The U.S. Marshals $5 gold uncirculated coin saw a … Continue reading

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2015 ATB silver proof set on sale

The United States Mint opened sales for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters silver proof set on Feb. 20 and buyers were excited. The Mint reported 46,681 sets were ordered by Feb. 22. This total is just shy of the … Continue reading

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Use new Mint techniques regularly

What have we learned from last year’s successful Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary coin program? No, this is not a column about crowd control at the American Numismatic Association convention. It is about what appeals to 21st century collectors. I … Continue reading

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Rare 1909-O half eagle isn’t cheap

The 1909-O Indian Head half eagle is a very underrated coin. In fact, the 1909-O, at least in MS-65, is a significant rarity ranking among the most difficult gold coins in top grade of the past century. It is not … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Artist makes ‘dollars’

By Richard Giedroyc Daniel Carr designed several of the state quarters. I’ve heard he was responsible for the supposedly non-existent 1964 Peace dollar. Can you tell me about that dollar? Is it real? Daniel Carr designed the reverse for the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Small and cartoonish not wanted

By Jack Nugent Our coins are a mockery of the world’s only superpower. Much to my chagrin, America has become a two-bit country. Why does Canada have polymer currency and $2 coins? The Swiss have 5-franc coins and 1,000-franc notes. … Continue reading

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2015 Kennedy halves go on sale

The United States Mint released the 2015 Kennedy half dollar, featuring the 1964 Kennedy design, on Feb. 12. Buyers purchased 10,006 two-roll sets and 3,095 200-coin bags as of Feb. 15. The Kennedy 50th anniversary silver set has broken the … Continue reading

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How long since you last took a look?

How many incomplete sets of coins do you own? In my time in the hobby I have owned plenty. Some I still have. Some I sold off at points in my life when I needed money. It makes me wonder … Continue reading

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Collectors ignored 1973-S silver Ike

The 1973-S Eisenhower dollar was the result of a pattern from the first couple of years of Eisenhower dollars. It had been decided that there would be 40 percent silver Eisenhower dollars that were offered in proof and brilliant uncirculated … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Want new coin designs? Tell Congress

By Erik N. Jansen Thanks to Bob Olekson! I saw the “Viewpoint” article you published by Bob Olekson and found myself nodding in agreement again and again. [In that article Olekson, said that “to revitalize the hobby we need new … Continue reading

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