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Odd coins make desirable collection

If you want to collect something really different, try an odd denomination such as two or three-cent pieces, or even the short-lived 20-cent piece. The two-cent piece was the first coin to bear the motto “In God We Trust.” The … Continue reading

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Kansas City is now the new Memphis

By Bill Brandimore Kansas City turned out to be the new Memphis, indeed. Attendance at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City, Mo., was good. The venue was attractive. And dealers who I talked to were generally pleased with … Continue reading

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$2.9 million at Heritage Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s coin bull market continues apace. Heritage Auctions’ June 22-23 sale realized a total of $2,942,310 of which 76 lots went for over $10,000. Six of these sold for more than $50,000. Top seller was a rare silver pattern … Continue reading

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Canada’s gold Loonie sells out fast

On June 30, 1987, Canadians found a new 11-sided coin jingling in their pockets and purses. The reverse of the new dollar sported Robert-Ralph Carmichael’s Common Loon design, KM-157. The coin was promptly dubbed the “Loonie,” and a Canadian icon … Continue reading

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Deadwood No. 1 $10 among ANA lots

Harking back to the Old West, and the days of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, a $10 note described by the cataloger as of the calibre “that [it] would sell itself, with simply a picture…” will be offered by … Continue reading

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Goldbergs sell gold of Ptolemy IV

Mnaieions are among the more desirable ancient gold coins. Their attractiveness is no doubt enhanced when one arrives on the block in Mint State. This occurred at Goldbergs’ Pre-Long Beach June 4-7 sale. The coin had been struck by Ptolemy … Continue reading

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2017 $2 note collection offered

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has introduced the 2017 $2 Single Note Collection, featuring Series 2013 $2 notes from the New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco Federal Reserve Banks and a Series 2009 note from the Dallas Federal Reserve … Continue reading

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Soft spot for Deadwood history

This month’s cover of Bank Note Reporter has the image of a No. 1 Deadwood $10 note. The note is part of Stack’s Bowers’ sale at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver this year. I have … Continue reading

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Fanton wins Zerbe Award

Iowa coin dealer and longtime American Numismatic Association booster Brian Fanton has been named the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award winner for Distinguished Service. It is the ANA’s top award. He is scheduled to receive the honor at the awards banquet … Continue reading

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Harrison to shave head of Standish

Who is going to shave the hair off the head of Miles Standish at the American Numismatic Association convention Aug. 3 in Denver? The answer is none other than Rick Harrison, star of “Pawn Stars.” Standish is giving up his … Continue reading

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