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50 years since demise of silver

By Richard Giedroyc It was a half century ago, in 1964, that the United States officially ended minting circulating silver coins. Granted, due to a compromise between President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S. Congress some silver would be retained in … Continue reading

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Nevada National Bank Note leads Expo sale

A 1929 $10 National Bank Note from Tonopah, Nev., featuring an A000001A serial number, is estimated to sell for in excess of $50,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency Signature Auctions, Sept. 3-5. “Collectors will instantly appreciate the … Continue reading

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Perth Mint marks Coral Sea battle

On July 7 Australia’s Perth Mint released a new silver half-ounce bullion piece. The 50-cent coin commemorates the Battle of the Coral Sea fought from May 4 to May 8, 1942. It was a critical clash in the Pacific during … Continue reading

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Australia issues final Southern Sky coin

The third and final coin in the Royal Australian Mint’s award winning Southern Sky series was released on Aug. 4. It features one of the brightest and most recognizable of the constellations of the night sky: Orion The Hunter. As … Continue reading

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Rare plate letter on Boston note

By Peter Huntoon There were only two banks in the entire country for which Series of 1882 plates were made that carried a letter Z plate position letter. They were The National Shawmet Bank of Boston, charter 5155, and The … Continue reading

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Gold bond new investor option

Two weeks ago, Rand Merchant Bank, a subsidiary of FirstRand Bank, Ltd., South Africa’s second largest bank, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange a new five-year security called FirstRand Gold Bond. This issue is limited to 2 billion rand (about … Continue reading

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PNG sets NYC show

The Professional Numismatists Guild will conduct a coin and paper money show in the Times Squares area of New York City, Oct. 9-11. The PNG New York Invitational will be open to the public at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, half … Continue reading

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1804 silver dollar hits $1.8 million

An 1804 silver dollar brought close to $2 million at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction held Aug. 8 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. The Garrett Class III dollar, one of only 15 examples … Continue reading

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Error coin found in change pays off big

It started with a man, a book and a few rolls of pennies. It ended when William Gaitlan of Yuma, Ariz., sold a 1969-S doubled die cent at a June 5 Heritage auction for $21,500. “I still don’t understand why … Continue reading

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Coin, paper money prices change constantly

Numismatic price guides and reporting services are just that – guidance on value rather than absolute guarantees of price. In even the best circumstances, there is not any single price guide or reporting service that can tell a collector or … Continue reading

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