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Shed a tear for end of mail orders?

The Mint is closing a chapter in its history. It will no longer accept orders by mail as of Oct. 1. Any received will be returned to sender with instructions on how to order coins by telephone or via the … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Interest in bullion coins rises in May

Silver American Eagles were putting in a respectable showing as the month of May was coming to an end. Sales stand at 2,455,000. This figure beats sales for every month this year except January. But it is still not a … Continue reading

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Prices suggest 1893 Morgan is obtainable

There is no such thing as a readily available 1893 Morgan dollar. By that time, vaults at the Treasury were already bulging with silver dollars. The repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act meant that there would be virtually no … Continue reading

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Morgan $1 once known as ‘Bland’

I understand at one time the Morgan silver dollar was referred to as a Bland dollar. Where did this come from? The name is derived from the Bland-Allison Act, through which the U.S. Treasury was required to purchase and strike … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Get rid of cent, paper dollar for good

By William B. Tuttle I received (sort of) good news in my mailbox yesterday. It was the latest issue of Numismatic News (May 9). The U.S. government is finally waking up to the matter of over-cost cents and nickels. The … Continue reading

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Cooling off with coins in the summer

It is almost summer. Hot and humid weather brings back memories. Summer was the heyday of my circulation finds efforts when I was a kid. It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t interested in coins during the school year, it … Continue reading

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Mintage can mislead for 1896-S Barber half

If you want to find the better Barber half dollars, your first rule should be to not get hung up on mintages. Yes, mintage can be a good indication on some coins of how tough they will be, but it … Continue reading

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Paquet $20s rare from Philadelphia

Can you explain what a Paquet coin is and how often such coins were struck? United States Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet used the font now bearing his name on some of his 1860 $20 double eagle gold coin patterns. … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mishler gets it wrong in response

By Ronald Brown I was not going to reply to Clifford Mishler’s comments about me or my letter to the editor, but misstatements/misquotes must be corrected for accuracy to be heard. Let the record state, I have no reason to … Continue reading

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Keep using ‘P’ on Philadelphia cents

It has been five months since the United States Mint began quietly releasing Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark on them. I am noticing an uptick in questions related to mintmarks. Is there a connection? I think there is, but … Continue reading

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