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April coin production down

The pace of circulating coin production continued to slide in the month of April. Only 878,740,000 pieces came off the presses of the Philadelphia and Denver Mints combined. Each month in calendar year 2018, coin production dropped from the month … Continue reading

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Diamond-studded coins sell for $152,000 each

Berlin’s World Money Fair saw Australia’s Perth Mint launch a stunning gold $2,000. The 60.60 mm, 325.366 g (10 oz) .9999 fine gold coin came pavé-set with pink Argyle diamonds. Those diamonds decorate a 14 g (0.45 oz) .8171 fine … Continue reading

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Goodacre artwork donated to ANA

The American Numismatic Association has announced that its Edward C. Rochette Money Museum was given items related to the production of the Sacagawea dollar from the studio of sculptor Glenna Goodacre. The donation was made in late 2017. The material … Continue reading

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Missing mintmark error discovered

Mint error alert. Time to recheck the coins you own. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has discovered five 2014 Great Smoky Mountain 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful collector coins with a missing “P” mintmark. The collector version of the large silver coin … Continue reading

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Mel Wacks tells Berlin medal story

Following years of searching, Mel Wacks has finally obtained photographs of the Congressional Gold Medal presented by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to popular songwriter Irving Berlin on Feb. 18, 1955. Wacks knew that Berlin was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal … Continue reading

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Dollar pushes gold around

On May 15, the price of gold hit its lowest COMEX close since Dec. 27, 2017. As measured in U.S. dollars, the price of gold that day was down 1.3 percent year to date. I repeat, as measured in U.S. … Continue reading

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Tibet, Nepal win big in Spink sale

A major portion of Spink’s Hong Kong auction in early April spotlighted coins from the exceptional Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese coins and bank notes – 241 lots in all. This was one of the most comprehensive numismatic … Continue reading

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Exhibiters win gold at CSNS convention

Mack Martin won the Leon and Hamie Hendrickson Best-in-Show Award for the second year in a row with his exhibit at the Central States Numismatic Society’s 79th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, Ill., in late April. His exhibit, “Georgia’s Civil War … Continue reading

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China copper sizzles in sale

The sale of Q. David Bowers’ magnificent collection of Chinese copper coins was the undoubted highlight of a coin- and bank note-filled Hong Kong week that ran from April 2 to April 5. The 427 lots realized a remarkable total … Continue reading

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New eagle from Perth Mint

On April 3, Australia’s Perth Mint released the first coin of a third John M. Mercanti rendering of Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle. The reverse of the 36.60 mm, 62.213 g (2 oz) .9999 fine gold high-relief proof $200 shows a mother … Continue reading

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