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Deadly spider coin at $1,300

The Red Back Spider Dollar of Tuvalu has soared past the US$1,300 mark on the secondary market, more than 20 times issue price. In 2006 the first silver dollars in Tuvalu’s series of Deadly & Dangerous Australians were released by … Continue reading

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Fight with France strained Spanish coinage

By Bob Reis Imagine, if you will, that you lived in a country that had comprehensively not been taking care of business for most of the last 200 years, a country where your social position and your destiny was determined … Continue reading

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Hot market for Spink sale

By Kerry Rodgers If anyone held doubts that world paper money is running white hot, the results of Spink’s London sale of April 12-14 should lay these to rest. Spink’s Barnaby Faull points out that the £2.8 million sale total … Continue reading

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Latest Standard Catalog of World Paper Money released

The 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, edited by Maggie Judkins, is now available in two formats. Utilizing a worldwide network of numismatics experts, the 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper … Continue reading

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New ‘Hot Lips’ dime identified

Mark Joyner of Pennsylvania has added a second “Hot Lips” Doubled Die Obverse Roosevelt dime, a 1951, to his roster of finds. He reported a 1964-D dime with a doubled die on the profile, first to John Wexler and then … Continue reading

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Life left in proofs?

While annual proof sets no longer draw in collectors like they once did, there’s still a market for them as gifts or a cost-effective way to collect the year’s proof coins. Julian Leidman said annual proof sets aren’t as popular … Continue reading

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No gold left in Venezuela?

Although the general American media has not given much coverage to the story, economic conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated over the past few years. The downturn has accelerated as the government has increased the inflation of the money supply. Inflation … Continue reading

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Bank notes forever tied to Wild Bunch

Pinkertons used serial numbers to track rail heist loot Just before the bank’s closing on Monday, Oct. 14, 1901, a well-dressed woman walked into The Fourth National Bank of Nashville, Tenn., where she hoped to exchange some crisp new bills … Continue reading

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Celtic gold piece found by detector

A metal-detecting grandmother with a knack for finding gold will see her latest find going on the auction block July 17 to be sold by Elizabeth Cottam of Chris Rudd of Aylsham, England. The coin is an excessively rare ancient … Continue reading

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Holey dollar tops Noble Sydney sale

By Kerry Rodgers April 5-8 saw Sydney, Australia’s Noble Numismatics conduct their 40th anniversary sale. Among prices realized Australian gold was front and center. The catalog was filled with several notable gold collections. Among these were the half sovereigns of … Continue reading

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