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2016 quarter proof set back on sale

Feb. 23 marked the return of the 2016 America the Beautiful clad quarter proof set at the Mint. The set released Jan. 11 but was pulled later that day. The Mint announced the image on the set packaging for the … Continue reading

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Shawnee 5 oz. sales best since 2011

Sales of the Shawnee America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion coin are the best for the coin series since 2011. The United States Mint reports that 75,000 coins have been sold to Authorized Purchasers. This total puts the coin as … Continue reading

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Go with higher grade 1870 3-cent

The silver three-cent piece was on its way out by 1870. The idea of a silver three-cent piece had been an interesting one based not on need but rather finding some coin which could circulate. This was due to some … Continue reading

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Copies and fakes create problems

By Richard Giedroyc Why was the Hobby Protection Act enacted? Replica coins and bank notes are not meant to deceive, but to be sold as souvenirs or examples. Too many entry-level collectors were purchasing these without understanding these replicas are … Continue reading

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Add another fan of keeping the cent

By Robert Matitia It has been interesting to read about the almost exhausting debate that has been featured in the pages of many numismatic periodicals, including Numismatic News, regarding the conundrum of whether “to abolish the cent or not to … Continue reading

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Rooting for the U.S. team in Berlin

It was good to see U.S. Mint staff in Berlin to attend the World Money Fair. I would like to think picking up the Coin of the Year Award provided at least some incentive for Rhett Jeppson, the principal deputy … Continue reading

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Fort Knox gold arrived in 1937

By Richard Giedroyc When was the original gold deposit placed in Fort Knox? The U.S. Gold Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Ky., was built in 1936. In the first six months of 1937, there were 445,501 gold bars, weighing 157,820,192 … Continue reading

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Full split bands lead to full headache

Nobody likes to think about tax time, but if you are expecting a refund, the earlier you wade through the process the better. I know someone is thinking this way because I received an email from an individual who said … Continue reading

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Nixon’s back – on a dollar coin, that is

President Richard Nixon is now on the dollar as the Mint released his Presidential dollar coin Feb. 3. As of Feb. 7, collectors have purchased 29,639 Philadelphia and 27,922 Denver 25-coin rolls, 757 Philadelphia and 717 Denver 100-coin bags and … Continue reading

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Don’t overlook potential in 1871 cent

We already know the 1871 Indian Head cent may well be one of the best Indian Head cents in MS-65, but the possibility exists that it is even better than we already suspect. The situation back in 1871 was a … Continue reading

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