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Who will get Coin of the Year Award?

Coin of the Year balloting is occurring later this year than last. The international panel of judges began voting as this electronic issue of Numismatic News was being prepared. Who will win? It is up to the judges to vote … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Medal beats coin; can you believe it?

Can you imagine a medal outselling a coin? It is happening right in front of our eyes. Look at the proof Boys Town silver dollar. Mintage is 25,049. The 2017-P proof American Liberty silver medal has sold 52,555 – more … Continue reading

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High-grade 1922-S Peace dollars tough

Almost no one considers the 1922-S Peace dollar as one of the better dates in the series. While it certainly is not a key date, it has become (at least in grade MS-65 and above) a better date than many … Continue reading

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‘Pennies’ for ID

What are Masonic pennies? Masonic “pennies” are actually medals identifying the individual as a member of the Masons. Most of these identify the Masonic lodge and the member. The concept of a medal as a membership card likely began at … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Where you stay during conventions matters

By Kevin Foley I read with interest your recent blog commentary on the issue of hotel room pickup as a factor in decision making by convention centers as to whom and when they will offer their facilities to. Those who … Continue reading

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Many a calendar page has turned

My goodness, where has the year gone? This is the last paper issue of 2017. Next week will see an electronic issue put together. Then comes the Jan. 2, 2018, Florida United Numismatists convention special issue. When the calendar turns … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver bullion Eagles beat September

November silver Eagle sales have inched past the September figure and now stand at 385,000 pieces. September sales of 320,000 remain as the lowest monthly total for 2017. Perhaps December will nudge September aside? We’ll see. Clad proof sets continue … Continue reading

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South liked hard money after Civil War

Were silver dollars popular only in the West in the latter part of the 1800s? A point often overlooked in the annals of this unloved and mostly unwanted coin was that it did enjoy a period of popularity after the … Continue reading

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Cent questions have staying power

How many generations of cent emails will I get? I ask that question after nearly a year of emails relating to 2017’s newly discovered Lincoln rarities. The Jan. 3 issue of Numismatic News reported the discovery of a 1982-D small … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Clad proof set shows strong gains

Did you miss Mint Statistics while it was gone? I hope so, though I did receive one email in recent months saying these pages are a waste of space. All the other emails wondered where the figures had gone. Thanks … Continue reading

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