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Johnson ends 2015 Chronicles releases

The United States Mint released the last of the 2015 Coin and Chronicles sets on Oct. 27. The Lyndon B. Johnson Chronicles set sold out in just under four hours after its arrival. Collectors purchased 24,221 sets as of Nov. … Continue reading

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No gold Eagle, Buffalo sales Oct. 21 to 28

The United States Mint reports selling no gold Eagle or Buffalo bullion coins from Oct. 21 to 28. Have bullion investors gotten cold feet? Perhaps. Buyers have taken just 40,500 silver American Eagles during that time period. Usually the Mint … Continue reading

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Good supply for 1873 two-cent piece

The two-cent piece is an interesting denomination that does not seem to attract interest today. Obsolete denominations tend to have less demand and the two-cent piece has been out of prime production since 1872 when the last business strike was … Continue reading

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No bad coins from banks

By Richard Giedroyc Worthless broken bank notes were churned out by 19th century banks. Did any of these banks issue their own coins? The closest thing we have to what I would have called “broken bank coins” are company store … Continue reading

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Are your heirs smarter than you?

It is a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions. I am going to bring up a topic that falls under the heading of resolutions, but more along the line of a life’s resolution rather than an ephemeral one to … Continue reading

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No interest in cashless society

The letter to the editor in the Oct. 20 edition of Numismatic News predicting the inevitability of a cashless society was very disheartening. His society is not one that I want to be part of. Who wants to live in … Continue reading

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Strong sales for 2015 proof gold Eagles

A campaign of online ads and mail solicitations by the United States Mint is boosting sales of the 2015-W American Eagle proof gold coins. From Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, the Mint reports selling 1,582 one-ounce, 999 half-ounce, 556 quarter-ounce … Continue reading

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It’s all about letters readers write

There was not much space for letters to the editor or anything else except the monthly price guide in this issue of Numismatic News. I have been forced to borrow the “Viewpoint” space on Page 7 simply to provide a … Continue reading

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Shipwreck had 1857-S double eagles

The 1857-S Coronet Head double eagle began with a mintage of 970,500 pieces in San Francisco in 1857. This is a solid mintage that reflects the fact that the tiny and unpleasant place they called a Mint at the time … Continue reading

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Sellout can’t help Kennedy Chronicles

Despite the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles set being unavailable at the Mint, some buyers just don’t want to hold on to them. Sales data puts the total sold at 49,370 sets as of Oct. 11, down 363 … Continue reading

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