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Results mixed at Central States show

High end coins grabbed headlines, especially at the auction, but too few buyers were seen on the bourse floor of the Central States Numismatic Society’s 76th anniversary convention April 23-25. As a result some dealers said it was a bad … Continue reading

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Stella $4 gold piece goes for $1.8 million

Stella $4 gold pieces dazzled at the Heritage Central States Numismatic Society convention sale April 22-25. Over $1.82 million was paid for an 1880 $4 Coiled Hair Stella. It was graded  Proof-67 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and it had a … Continue reading

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Kisatchie quarter now available

Native Louisianan B.B. Craig led the ceremony marking the introduction of the Kisatchie National Forest quarter to circulation April 22 in Alexandria, La. The Associate Director for Environment, Safety and Health for the United States Mint said, “As a Louisiana … Continue reading

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Austria celebrates army anniversary

The 60th anniversary of the Austrian Federal Army is commemorated on a silver 5-euro coin slated for a May 6 release by the Austrian Mint. The modern Austrian army was formed in 1955 when the Allied occupation of Austria ended … Continue reading

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Treasure hunter pleads guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A fugitive treasure hunter pleaded guilty to a contempt of court charge related to his refusal to testify about gold he discovered from a historic shipwreck, court documents indicate. A plea agreement was filed in federal … Continue reading

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India sets its own gold standard

India is once more on the gold standard – sort of. Smuggling and a black market in gold coins and jewelry have prompted the Reserve Bank of India to lift the ban on importing gold, while introducing a new gold … Continue reading

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Golden moments in movie

As regular readers of my columns know, I financed the production of the movie “Alongside Night.” The film had some sneak previews in 2013 and a limited theatrical distribution in 2014. In two to four weeks the DVD and Blu-Ray … Continue reading

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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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