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British £5 polymer bank note released

By Kerry Rodgers After many months of media lead up and public education the Bank of England released its new polymer £5 note on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Winston Churchill, the man who declined Queen Elizabeth’s offer to become Duke of … Continue reading

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Perched eagle on bimetal coin

John M. Mercanti, 12th chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, has created two designs of Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle for the Perth Mint. These have appeared on precious metal coins issued over the past 18 months. On Sept. 6 the Mint … Continue reading

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Large cent rarity offered in Baltimore auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will offer many high-powered numismatic treasures at its Official Baltimore Auction Nov. 2-4 at the Whitman Expo in the city’s convention center. Among the highlights on Rarities Night is an MS-65 1838-O No Stars Seated Liberty dime. … Continue reading

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Michigan celebrates ANA’s birthday

The 125th anniversary of the American Numismatic Association was marked by the Michigan State Senate by formal resolution. Introduced by State Senator Steve Bieda, the resolution passed Sept. 6. A framed copy was given to former ANA President Tom Hallenbeck … Continue reading

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Swiss stars at Heritage

A superb example of a rare, 1897-B, “Stirnlocke-Vreneli” pattern for a Swiss 20 francs, KM-Pn39, was on offer at Heritage’s American Numismatic Association World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction. The pattern engraved by Fritz Landry is one of just … Continue reading

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CCAC reviews platinum Eagle designs

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” How these concepts are best represented on three platinum coin designs was the task at hand when the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met Sept. 16. Beginning in 2018, the U.S. Mint will issue … Continue reading

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Output slides in month of August

August monthly output at the U.S. Mint’s circulating coin production facilities dropped by 28 percent from the prior month. With the exception of dime and dollar output at Philadelphia, it was a clean sweep in the down column. For the … Continue reading

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Gray areas in tax exemption law

Earlier this year, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 172. This law adds provision 54 in Section 1 to establish a sales and use tax exemption on the retail sales of “investment metal bullion” and “investment coins,” which … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers: $4.1 million

Over $4.1 million was realized at Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s August Hong Kong auction of Chinese coins and paper money as well as other world issues. It was held Aug. 16, 17 and 19 at the Mira Hong Kong. On … Continue reading

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Gold coin counterfeits cause for concern

By Richard Giedroyc All that glitters is not necessarily gold. The current surge in the spot price of the yellow metal may have brought out investors, but it has also brought out the counterfeiters. Caution is now the watchword when … Continue reading

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