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Encourage hands-on activities for youth

By the time you read this, I will have again finished co-teaching a class titled “Collecting Coins For Fun & Profit” as part of 4-H Exploration Days on the Michigan State University campus near where I work. My co-teacher will … Continue reading

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Nickel proof production

by Mark Benvenuto Plenty of numismatic literature indicates that the half disme coins of 1792 can be considered the very first official coins to come out of the brand-spankin’ new United States Mint, even before the first act of Congress … Continue reading

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Album sale beats estimate

Strong bidding was seen at Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Auction 31, which was held May 17-19, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif., the firm reported. Total prices realized was $1.2 million (including buyer’s fees) on an estimate of $1.04 million. CFO … Continue reading

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Bullion rises a bit, but some coins fall

Silver, gold and platinum are higher than they were a month ago. Silver is strongest, up to $16.84 compared to $16.24 last month. Gold is up $4.90 and platinum $2. These aren’t big numbers, but they are positive. It’s no … Continue reading

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Pobjoy Mint offers Angry Birds™ coin

Pobjoy Mint has launched the world’s first interactive app game coin. Struck for Sierra Leone, the partially colored 38.60 mm, 28.28 gram cupro-nickel dollar introduces numismatics to the world of Angry Birds™ – the international video game franchise created by … Continue reading

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Wrong letter rolled in on 1875 $20 proof

The error on this 10-10-10-20 Series of 1875 proof from The Annville National Bank, PA, charter 2384, was spotted by Doug Murray. Notice that the siderographer rolled in the letter D instead of A in the righthand position on the … Continue reading

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Celtic gold stater tops at Rudd sale

The market for Celtic coins is alive, well and vibrant in Merrie England. Results are in for the latest sale from Chris Rudd’s “Celtic Coins.” Just 41 coins were on offer. As was to be expected, gold staters were to … Continue reading

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Enjoying the opportunity to observe

by Peter Huntoon I was provided the opportunity to observe the operation of an LEPE (large examining and printing equipment) press at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Washington printing plant on Nov. 13, 2017. It is the latest generation … Continue reading

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Beach blankets offer more appeal than coins

The annual summer slowdown appears to be upon us, a time of year when many collectors pay more attention to seasonal outdoor activities and family than to their hobby. A number of dealers have admitted that although they believe they … Continue reading

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Coin output up

If May’s matching mintage numbers in Philadelphia and Denver throw you, you are not alone. I thought I was in the wrong column as cents, dimes and nickel output numbers at both mints kept coming up the same. Only when … Continue reading

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