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What’s in a date on a national?

By Peter Huntoon The key date associated with the organization of a national bank was not the date of charter, but rather the date of organization, defined as the day when the last of the organizers signed their organization certificate … Continue reading

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Mercanti designs Aussie eagle

Since early 2014 Australia’s Perth Mint has been issuing a series of coins celebrating the country’s largest bird-of-prey: the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). When it comes to depicting eagles on coins the U.S. Mint has more than a little experience. … Continue reading

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Stack’s expands gold trading operations

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced the return of Richard Gonzales as its Director of Gold Trading. Gonzales has over 30 years of experience in numismatics, precious metals and generic gold. Amandeep Jassal, numismatist and gold trader, also has returned to … Continue reading

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Mint ups 5-ounce coin production

The U.S. Mint will double down on 2016 5-ounce silver coin production. While it limited mintages to 65,000 for each of the five 2015 America the Beautiful designs, it plans to mint 150,000 of each 2016 design. The mintage will … Continue reading

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New London silver fix needs fixing

Amid complaints that the previous London silver fix mechanism was flawed, a new IOSCO-compliant system was implemented in April 2015. The claim was that the new process would be technically driven, manipulation-resistant, comprehensive, and transparent. Now, 10 months later, it … Continue reading

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Is ISIS currency close to reality?

It could be the first step toward issuing its own currency or it could be a way for the leadership of the organization to make a quick profit. One thing is for certain—the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State … Continue reading

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Cashless society a ‘thought experiment’

By Richard Giedroyc Sweden and Denmark may each be on its way to becoming a cashless society, but people in other countries may see the rise of a cashless society in lesser terms. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney was … Continue reading

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Hong Kong market results beat expectations

By Kerry Rodgers Heritage is the latest major auction house to enter the vibrant Hong Kong market. Its inaugural Asian coin and currency auction held on Dec. 10-12 proved a great success. The auction room was packed tight to the … Continue reading

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Gold demand sizzles

Gold American Eagles continued to be hot as the end of January approached. Sales were up by 53 percent from the same month a year ago. The U.S. Mint reports 124,000 ounces of gold American Eagles were sold in January … Continue reading

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Silver uses multiply through research

The physical properties of silver make it usable for a wide variety of products. In days of the Roman Empire, people knew to place a few silver coins into water cisterns to help it remain potable. Yet, when silver was … Continue reading

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