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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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Fasces on the dime made sense at time

By Richard Giedroyc Did Adolph A. Weinman have any specific reason for picking the fasces for the reverse of the Mercury dime? A direct quote from the designer: “I selected the fasces and olive branch to symbolize the strength which … Continue reading

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Make changes more intelligently

By Bob Olekson I have three points to make. They wish to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 Federal Reserve Note and place a woman on it. The idea is great, but I think it is foolish considering we have … Continue reading

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Time to replace silver with gold?

How high a premium for silver bullion coins is too high? I checked the APMEX website and discovered that with silver trading at an ask price of $16.09 per ounce on the day this column is being written one silver … Continue reading

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Bombay Hook arrives, First Spouse gone

The 2015 Bombay Hook America the Beautiful quarters are on sale. Released by the United States Mint on Sept. 30, Collectors ordered 1,744 Philadelphia, 1,858 Denver and 2,760 San Francisco 100-coin bags; 6,928 two-roll Philadelphia and Denver sets; 2,575 San … Continue reading

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Kennedy set boosts Roosevelt sales

The United States Mint released the third 2015 Coin and Chronicles set, this one featuring John F. Kennedy, on Sept. 16. While not an immediate sellout with 48,462 sets of a 50,000 mintage sold by Sept. 20, the new release … Continue reading

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Gold bullion coins in hot demand

Gold bullion coins are once again in high demand as the metal’s spot price fluctuated in mid-September. The United States Mint reports that between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, Authorized Purchasers ordered 43,000 one-ounce, 4,000 half-ounce, 6,000 quarter-ounce and 60,000 … Continue reading

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Another buyer’s market for bullion?

Declining gold and silver prices may spark another buyer’s market for bullion coins at the United States Mint. From Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, the Mint increased September sales totals by 21,500 one-ounce, 1,000 half-ounce, 4,000 quarter-ounce and 25,000 tenth-ounce … Continue reading

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Don’t buy coins at estate auctions?

By Richard Giedroyc How to handle a counterfeit coin at auction Reader Richard Stevenson adds his personal experience to the recent question regarding third-party certification services lack of published reports on the number of counterfeit coins encountered. According to Stevenson, … Continue reading

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