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Retired Pope’s birth marked by gold coin

Pope Emeritus Benedict, who prefers to be known as Father Benedict these days, celebrated his 90th birthday on April 16. To mark the occasion, Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust has produced a gold $5 for the Cook Islands. The Trust used … Continue reading

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Printer’s essays led sale offerings

In its second paper money catalog of April 25, Spink offered 246 lots of Middle Eastern and North African bank notes. Along with issued notes, the catalog included a plethora of rare trials, die proofs, specimens, and essays from a … Continue reading

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New book chronicles 1802 half dime

A new book by Jon P. Amato examines the rare 1802 half dime. Despite its notoriety as a classic numismatic rarity, less is known about the 1802 half dime’s mintage and survival rate than that of many other rare American … Continue reading

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Kagin’s starts new cover series

Don Kagin, president of Kagin’s Auctions, announced through E-Sylum that he has launched a special Artist Series Catalog Cover. “Inspired by the terrific feedback we received about the cover of our recent ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction Catalog, we … Continue reading

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AMSA selects American Medal of the Year

This year, there were 30 entries from 21 medalists for the American Medal of the Year (AMY) awarded by the American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA). Committee Chairman Mel Wacks said, “The jurors had a tough time choosing among many wonderful … Continue reading

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Proof Buffalo gold sales begin

In the first three days of availability, collectors purchased 7,597 2017-W proof gold Buffalo coins from the United States Mint. The beginning of every order period produces a bulge in demand as many collectors order right away or not at … Continue reading

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Dimes pass billion mark in four months

The United States Mint cut coin production by one-third in the month of April. Overall, the monthly number was down by 486,260,000 coins to 959,540,000. March production was 1,445,800,000 pieces. If large numbers make you roll your eyes, the pattern … Continue reading

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PCGS to make a splash in Long Beach

The Professional Coin Grading Service has big plans for the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo June 8-10. The second of three shows this year will feature on-site grading by the third-party grading firm. There will also … Continue reading

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Metal supplies tighten

About two months ago, after considering the extent of gold and silver prices thus far in 2017, I forecast a more than 50 percent probability that the prices would reach $1,300 and $20 by the end of April. Although I … Continue reading

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Sleeper brings 200 times estimate

On April 28 Spink London offered a choice collection of modern Greek coins. They were part of a comprehensive collection assembled by Greek Australian, George Cassim, between 1976 and 2015. Cassim was known to refer to his collection as his … Continue reading

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