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Time near for 1884 Trade dollar to shine

A little mystery tends to help a great rarity. So far, that has not really been the case for the 1884 Trade dollar. It has usually been in the shadow, and about half the price, of the even rarer 1885 … Continue reading

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Cents look like copper coating is missing

Last week while searching through penny rolls, I found six pennies that have a pure zinc look to them. No copper coating at all. I have found very little information on this. One page said they might have slipped through … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Many friends remember Colin Bruce

By Richard Lobel Today I heard of the death of one of the true giants of numismatics, Colin R. Bruce II. I knew him for at least 55 years, the exact date I cannot remember, as we were both drinking … Continue reading

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Never got one of these in change

I received an interesting quarter in my lunch change this week. It had been a long day. It was evening when I got home before I even looked at it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I did look. No, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver proof sets at top of buyer’s lists

When it comes to 2017 proof sets, buyers preferred the silver version this week over the clad. Sales rose by 11,131 silver sets, double the 5,541 clad gain. However, overall clad proof set sales are handsomely ahead for the year, … Continue reading

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Horn measures wear on Buffalo

How do I tell whether my Buffalo nickel is a “full” or “quarter” horn? Is this some kind of grade like “full steps?” It is not a grade but a visual check of the condition of the coin, or a … Continue reading

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My handwriting sets off a reader

Ever wonder what will happen as schools stop teaching cursive handwriting? I just had a taste of the possible results. Funny, though, this experience came in correspondence with an older gentleman. It all began with a letter to me from … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Bullion coin buyers take their time

Bullion coin sales began the month of September very slowly. With bullion moving higher, it is a puzzle as to the reason. Just 25,000 silver American Eagles were sold and 2,000 one-ounce gold Eagles. No gold Buffaloes were vended or … Continue reading

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1918-S one of best Buffalo branch-mint nickels

The 1918-S Buffalo nickel is one of the best of a very good group that is many times overlooked. At a price of $13,250 today in MS-65 condition, it certainly is one of the best of the branch-mint nickels from … Continue reading

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Why not a West Point cent to go with 2017-P?

Will there be any 2017-W Lincoln cents made for general circulation with an explicit “W,” or will such cents be misleadingly minted as 2017-P like the Philly ones? What act of Congress forced the “P” into 2017-P cents? The West … Continue reading

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