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- e-letters (January 31, 2017) We asked: Do you feel threatened by counterfeit coins? I cannot know how it would feel to find out that I purchased a counterfeit coin. Other than the expense, I imagine that the disappointment would be a great concern. The hobby is aware of the counterfeit problem. Since my major interest is collecting modern U.S. coins, ...
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The bourse floor was busy. There was a buzz in the air. Results at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8 in Fort Lauderdale offered promise for the rest of 2017. Though the market is by no means booming, dealers … Continue reading
It wasn’t the most expensive lot in Heritage’s $42 million Florida United Numismatists auction of U.S. coins Jan. 4-9, but a 1942 experimental glass cent grabbed the spotlight away from gold nevertheless. Selling for $70,500, it is the only intact … Continue reading
Italy has won the 2017 Coin of the Year Award. It will be given the trophy Feb. 4 at the World Money Fair in Berlin. An international panel of judges selected the country’s silver 10 euro issued to mark 70 … Continue reading
Bullion buyers gave the United States Mint a strong start to 2017. First day sales of the ever popular silver American Eagle totaled 3,747,500 coins on Jan. 9. This one-day total is up almost 35 percent from last year’s first … Continue reading
When central banks own physical gold reserves, that means they own coins and/or bars. Mostly they own bars, which have hallmarks of the manufacturer, serial numbers and the weights and purity of each piece punched right into the surface. The … Continue reading
Should Vladimir Lenin be remembered as the founder of modern Russia? Valery Rashkin, Communist Party member of Parliament, thinks so. Rashkin recently sent a letter to the Bank of Russia, Russia’s central bank, in which he proposed a 25-ruble commemorative … Continue reading
The 2017 Fairbanks Coin Club membership token honors the Sesquicentennial of the Purchase of Alaska from Russia. Its obverse features the simple legend “Fairbanks Coin Club” with the member’s number counterstamped in the center. The reverse has the legend “Alaska … Continue reading
The feast day of St. Eligius, Patron Saint of numismatists, goldsmiths, farriers, jewelers, metalworkers, craftsmen, veterinarians and harness makers, was observed on Dec. 1. The Gateway Coin Club of San Antonio, Texas, marked the occasion with an educational program by … Continue reading
The March 2017 issue of Coins magazine focuses heavily on U.S. gold coins. R.W. Julian tells the story of the first gold $20s, those with James B. Longacre’s design gracing them. Mike Thorne explores the world of gold $1s. Both … Continue reading