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Australians dislike small change coins

Small change coins may not be in short supply in Australia, but people willing to carry and spend them are. A recently released survey of Australians conducted by the Amsterdam-based banking and financial services corporation ING Group indicates about one … Continue reading

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Interesting error on 1899 Vernon-Treat plate

By Peter Huntoon When BEP personnel were certifying the four-subject $1 Silver Certificate Series of 1899 Vernon-Treat plate bearing Treasury plate number 30692, plate serial number 5500, on July 21, 1909, someone noticed that siderographer Charles A. Hall had accidentally … Continue reading

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Knowledge critical when buying online

Over-the-counter businesses and coin show bourses are feeling the shift of more of the market to the Internet. The effect is not so much for auction houses or coin dealers who already have a significant online presence. No one really … Continue reading

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‘Year of the Dog’ marked

In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has announced a new addition to its Lucky Money Collection: “Year of the Dog 2018.” The dog is one of 12 zodiac signs associated with … Continue reading

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George IV proof set in DNW auction

The Great British coin market has been dominated in recent months by seemingly insatiable demands for historic proof sets and gold 5 guineas. Dix Noonan Webb’s London sale of Dec. 13-14 may go a little way to satisfying collectors in … Continue reading

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New edition of Bressett reference

Whitman Publishing has released the new 7th edition of the Guide Book of United States Currency, by Kenneth Bressett. The full-color, 352-page softcover book is available online and from booksellers and hobby retailers nationwide. It retails for $19.95. Bressett is … Continue reading

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70th wedding anniversary for queen

On Nov. 20, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Their 1947 marriage took place in Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 guests and was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners. For the … Continue reading

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Gold jumps around, and coins mirror movement

A lack of significant precious metal price movement is mirrored by the price of collectible yet somewhat commonplace gold and silver U.S. coins. This really isn’t news. Gold has gone up the hill and down again for weeks now, with … Continue reading

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Poland honors Fatima

Commencing in May 1917, three children shepherding sheep flocks at Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, experienced visions of the Mother of God, whom they described as a “Lady more brilliant than the Sun.” The three children were Lúcia Santos … Continue reading

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Balfour Declaration centenary marked with counterstamped coin

Israel Lachovsky, a coin dealer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has issued a counterstamped coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a World War I statement of British support for a national home for the Jewish people in … Continue reading

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