• seperator

Put mintmarks on bullion Eagles

It is no longer news that output levels of silver American Eagle bullion coins are at 10-year lows. It was not so long ago that production was setting records. The 2015 number of 47 million pieces was a huge deal … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Class of '63, Features | Leave a comment

Mint Statistics: Not the dog days but May acts like it

My calendar says May, but activity at the U.S. Mint feels more like August’s dog days of summer. Look at bullion. Just 50,000 silver American Eagles have been sold so far in the month. With such a small number, you … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, Mint Stats | Leave a comment

Dollar sign written before numerals

Why do some countries put the denomination symbol like the dollar sign before the amount and some after? In the U.S., we write $10 and read it as ten dollars, exactly the reverse of the way it’s written. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features | Leave a comment

Shrink cent while cash still used

In the ongoing debate between keeping the cent and killing it off, I am surprised that the suggestion of shrinking it has so little traction. We have done it before as a nation. When the small cent arrived in 1857 … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Class of '63, Features | Leave a comment

Mint Statistics: Silver proof set makes its 2018 debut

The 2018 silver proof set goes on the page this week with an initial sales number of 161,518. Clad proof sets added 8,236 to bring the running total to 214,606. What caught my eye this week were sales numbers for … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, Mint Stats | Leave a comment

Relatively high mintage helped 1820 half eagle survive

Let’s be honest – the average collector has little chance of acquiring a Capped Head left half eagle from the 1820s. It is just not likely to happen since the mintages are so small. The odds are especially dire when … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, Item of the Week | Leave a comment

Top officials on Assay Commission

Our now defunct Assay Commission included some coin collectors. I’m certain this wasn’t the original intent. Who were the commissioners initially? The first U.S. Assay Commission consisted of the Chief Justice of the United States, Comptroller of the Treasury, Secretary … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Coin Clinic, Features | Leave a comment

Viewpoint: Take action to fight counterfeits

By Matthew D. Kohel Counterfeiting has become the largest underground industry in the world. Fake goods can be found in nearly all types of products, including gold and silver coins and bars. Counterfeiting operations are often sophisticated criminal enterprises with … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

New office means a new address

Settling into the new offices of Numismatic News has occupied a considerable amount of time recently. But the process is now complete. It was not without drama. The worst snowstorm we have ever had in Iola, Wis., impeded the transfer … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Class of '63, Features | Leave a comment

Mint Statistics: I should have taken a week’s vacation

Did I forget to input new bullion coin sales numbers this week? You might think so. Not a single additional American Eagle, gold Buffalo or 5-ounce silver piece has been sold since I prepared this section last week. You’d think … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, Mint Stats | Leave a comment