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- Letters to the Editor (August 2, 2016) Marks’ statement on Liberty medal not official The front page story, “Silver medal marks Liberty’s return” (Numismatic News, July 12) reports that I “announced details of the 2016 American Liberty silver proof medal June 15.” That statement came as quite a surprise to me. Although I had the past honor to serve as the chairman of ...
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By Richard Giedroyc Are the Gates of Hell lined with gold coins? If the Gates of Hell to which you refer are along the coast of Namibia, the answer is yes. Gates of Hell is only one name given to … Continue reading
By Richard Giedroyc The Professional Numismatists Guild has recently posted a warning that there are an increasingly significant number of counterfeit coins appearing in the market. “It is clear there is an increase in the types of fakes sold by … Continue reading
Russian gold coins from a collection formed in the 1980s will be among the highlights of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ auction to be held Aug. 9-13 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. The firm said … Continue reading
More one-ounce platinum bullion American Eagles were sold by the U.S. Mint on July 25 than in the entire year of 2014, the last time the coins were offered. On that date, 17,100 of the coins were sold to the … Continue reading
Variety hunter Alfonso Lopez has garnered credit for finding the first reported Doubled Die Reverse on a 2016-P Kentucky Cumberland Gap America The Beautiful quarter. The doubling is easily seen with the naked eye (for some of us) or under … Continue reading
While bitcoins are getting physical, banks in Japan are sending their money into cyberspace. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. is Japan’s largest bank. This bank plans to become the first bank anywhere to issue its own digital currency, according to … Continue reading
A 10 ducats gold piece was a top performer June 21-23 in a set of three auctions conducted by Fritz Rudolf Künker in Osnabrück, Germany. The piece, struck in 1634, brought 220,000 euros, or $244,200 when converted an an exchange … Continue reading
The death of Russian Czar Alexander I in late 1825 set off a chain of events in which two brothers swore allegiance to the other as the new ruler of Imperial Russia. The St. Petersburg Mint quickly prepared a portrait … Continue reading
By Kerry Rodgers Teeth from the lower jaw of sperm whales were and still are highly prized in several Pacific Island groups including Tonga and Fiji. For Fijians they have been a central feature of their culture from beyond memory. … Continue reading
One of the most prolific U.S. silver coin designs is the Seated Liberty. It appeared on six denominations between 1836 and 1891. The obverse, with variations over time, was used on half dimes (1837-1873), dimes (1837-1891), 20-cent pieces (1875-1878), quarters … Continue reading