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Economic rising tide to lift all notes?

By Bill Brandimore The New Year is beckoning and as you read this the Florida United Numismatists show catalogs will be out and we’ll be anticipating the biggest paper money auction of the year. Will it foreshadow a bull market … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Give back those gold Mercury dimes

With the United States Mint’s weekly sales period ending on Christmas Day, you can imagine how slow this week’s sales have been. In fact, the total for the gold Mercury dime actually went backwards by 35. The sales figure now … Continue reading

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Congress not required for Peace $1

Could you please give me the name and date of the legislation that authorized the production of the Peace dollar? This might be a surprise, but there never was a specific law passed to authorize the Peace dollar. A bill … Continue reading

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Collectors haven’t tried threats

Collect coins like they will be taken away from you tomorrow. That might seem to be a strange sentence to begin this column with. I recall as a child being kidded from time to time about collecting coins. It was … Continue reading

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Holiday themes secular and religious

Modern coin issues with Christmas design themes, be they secular or religious, are still a relatively new concept. A few smaller countries such as Tonga and Gibraltar have been producing them on and off over several decades. The Isle of … Continue reading

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Reach out to new coin buyers

In my experience, coin and paper currency dealers focus almost all their marketing efforts toward existing and would-be numismatists. They may be missing out on another niche to expand their sales – serving topical collectors. A topical collection is one … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Year winds down with a gold coin first

For the first time and the only week of the year, the Mint sold all three gold Centennial coins simultaneously. Actually, it was just one day, Dec. 15, but since it is a weekly report, I can tell you that … Continue reading

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Few Fort Vancouver coins to be found

“What on earth were they thinking?” is a question sometimes asked about historic commemoratives, as it can be hard to imagine the reason certain issues ever received approval. The Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar is one of the very first … Continue reading

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1851-D gold $1 has die rotation

Numismatic News reader Jon Bender of Dallas, Texas, came up with an 1851-D gold dollar with approximately 90-degree Rotated Dies. He said, “Never have [I] seen one like this on an 1851[D].” It represents one of few gold coins with … Continue reading

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Key date list would prove useful

Is there a book that lists all the U.S coin key dates? There are a number of websites that list key date coins exclusively. Coin Market at a Glance in Numismatic News lists key date coins once a month. Coin … Continue reading

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