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Court orders return of seized $20 gold pieces

A federal appeals court tossed out a jury verdict and a U.S. District court judgment that confiscated 10 rare 1933 $20 gold pieces from decendants of Israel Switt, a Philadelphia jeweler and coin dealer who is believed to have acquired … Continue reading

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New doubled die quarter discovered

Steve Atwood of Florida managed to nab five new doubled-die reverse varieties of the recently released 2015-P Homestead (Nebraska) America the Beautiful quarters. At least one of the varieties falls into the category of what I’d consider major while a … Continue reading

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Follow coin show rules

Like a driver cutting you off in traffic, one bad experience at a coin show can ruin the time and throw you off your collecting mood. At a recent coin show, I pulled out some $100 Confederate notes from a … Continue reading

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$5,000 and $10,000 notes lead Stack’s sale

Small-size currency stole the show at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Baltimore Currency Auction, March 26 and March 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The sale, which realized nearly $4.7 million, was led by a 1934 $5,000 from St. Louis, Fr. 2221-H, … Continue reading

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Waterloo being refought over coin

By Richard Giedroyc The United States marked the 50th anniversary of the victory over Germany, Japan, and their allies in World War II with commemorative coins in 1993. The Soviet Union celebrated its victory over the same advisories in the … Continue reading

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Silver pound brings $82,747 at Duke’s

For some weeks in March Britain’s mainstream media were agog with reports of the impending sale of a rare Civil War pound of King Charles I in Dorchester. Timothy Medhurst at Duke’s auctioneers had been somewhat startled earlier in the … Continue reading

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Derivatives pose threat

For all the pretending by U.S. government officials and the regular media, it is obvious that, outside of the public eye, something terrible is developing.  Ultimately, the problem may be a developing crash in the derivatives markets. Derivatives, simply stated, … Continue reading

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Collectors aid archeology

Archeologists shouldn’t disdain coin collectors, former curator of the American Numismatic Association Lawrence J. Lee says. With his new 68-page book, The Coins of Fort Atkinson: a study in numismatic archeology, Lee says numismatists can make a solid contribution to … Continue reading

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Ridiculous demand, prices for Hoover set

When the United States Mint halted sales of the four 2014 Presidential dollar and First Spouse medal sets, buyers noticed and began a buying frenzy for the $10 sets, sending prices on the secondary market as high as $200 at … Continue reading

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Buyers look for quality at CICF

It came as no surprise that high quality coins were in demand at the 40th annual Chicago International coin Fair held April 9-12 in Rosemont, Ill. “As usual, really high grade fresh Mexico and Latin type coins were really good,” … Continue reading

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