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Put coins in children’s hands

I have just returned to the office from participating in the U.S. Mint’s Numismatic Forum in Washington, D.C. Next week, I will go over the event in more detail. However, there was one simple comment during the program on how … Continue reading

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Thieves steal only coins in bank robbery

It almost sounds like something out of a “Three Stooges” movie. Thieves break into a bank after hours. They leave all the high-denomination bank notes behind, but they take all the low-denomination coins they can carry. That is exactly what … Continue reading

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China leads Album sale results

A Chinese rarity topped bidding when Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Auction 29 on Sept. 14-15, at its offices in Santa Rosa, Calif. The total of prices realized was $1.20 million (including buyer’s fees) on a pre-sale estimate of … Continue reading

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New gold sovereign edition a must

Marsh, M.A. The Gold Sovereign (revised Steve Hill). Token Publishing. pp. viii, 184. 2017. ISBN 979-1908828-36-1. For all students and collectors of British gold coins, this new edition of Michael Marsh’s classic is a must. Steve Hill’s complete revision and … Continue reading

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Genius Newton chased counterfeiters

Sir Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25, 1642. The Royal Mint has marked the 375th anniversary of the birth of its former Warden and Master by issue of a commemorative 50-pence coin. This is the first UK coin to … Continue reading

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Boggs blurred lines between art and money

Editor’s Note: This article is Part I of a two-part study of James Stephen George Boggs, the internationally famous money artist who died at age 62 in late January of this year. By Neil Shafer We first met in the … Continue reading

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Apex predator on Niue $100

In recent years, the Saltwater Crocodile has become a popular subject for coins. This is the critter known as Crocodylus porosus by scientists and Saltie by Australians. Human facination with them may stem from the fact that Salties regard us … Continue reading

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Territorial title blocks explored

By Peter Huntoon Nothing on a large-size national ever quickened my pulse like the word “territory.” But not all territorials utilized exactly that word. Over the years, I noticed a lot of variation in how territory was presented in title … Continue reading

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Avoiding coins for stocks a mistake

There is irony in the coin collecting market. Most people would agree collecting in general, not just coin collecting, has declined in interest in recent years. People have discretionary money, especially due to the surging stock market. At the same … Continue reading

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Coin and art trade don’t fund ISIS

The Dutch National Police, Central Investigation Unit, War Crimes Unit filed a 78-page report Sept. 14 in which rumors that the terrorist group ISIS has been funded by selling stolen art and collectible coins are dismissed. According to the report, … Continue reading

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