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‘Coin Finds’ pour in

We recently asked you, our readers, to share your best numismatic finds with us. Based on the long-running “Coin Finds” column in Coins magazine, which will continue to appear in print, this online version will give additional exposure to the … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Holidays put traditional gifts in play

Holiday sales numbers are washing over these pages. Traditional Christmas purchases are pushing up numbers for proof sets and mint sets. The clad 2016 proof set jumped by 27,844 to 534,258. The 2016 silver proof set was up by 12,014 … Continue reading

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Creator of written Cherokee on $1

The Presidential dollar coin series has ended. Only the Native American series will remain active in 2017 for base metal dollar coins. Next year, the creator of the written Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah, will be honored on the reverse of the … Continue reading

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Gold eagles soar while silver dips

Gold American Eagle bullion coin sales jumped higher by 30 percent in 2016 at the U.S. Mint. In the same period, sales of the one-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coin dropped 20 percent. While we might try to figure out … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of gold and silver?

Only a tiny percentage of American adults own physical gold or silver for investment. The estimates I have seen range from one to three percent. From my more than 50 years of personally owning such items or trading them as … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase

by Peter Huntoon Jess Lipka sent in this eyebrow-raising, self-explanatory note. Written in the top selvage is: “The first bill signed by my father as v. pres. of Cayuga Bank. April 20th, 1874. W. P. Beardsley.” Does any more need … Continue reading

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Market makes AU coins uncirculated

Uncirculated or About Uncirculated? Next to authenticity, that may be one of the most important things to consider when buying a coin. As prices rise and collectors seek perfection it will become even more important. This topic is discussed in … Continue reading

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Steel cents disliked

During World War II, rationing of metal in the United States for the war effort impacted everyday life. For the nation’s coinage, two well known changes were put into place—the 1942-1945 war nickels and the 1943 steel cent. The new … Continue reading

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How to start a collection

by Dr. R.S. “Bart” Bartanowicz “I’m really happy that you told me to collect coins from circulation before I started a serious collection. It’s cool finding coins like Jefferson nickels from the 1940s or 1950s that are still in circulation. … Continue reading

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Share your “Coin Finds” with us!

If you collect, a major part of the thrill is the hunt. This is true of any collecting field and is especially so with coin and paper money collecting. I regularly watch my change and sometimes pull a silver coin … Continue reading

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