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Avoiding coins for stocks a mistake

There is irony in the coin collecting market. Most people would agree collecting in general, not just coin collecting, has declined in interest in recent years. People have discretionary money, especially due to the surging stock market. At the same … Continue reading

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Coin and art trade don’t fund ISIS

The Dutch National Police, Central Investigation Unit, War Crimes Unit filed a 78-page report Sept. 14 in which rumors that the terrorist group ISIS has been funded by selling stolen art and collectible coins are dismissed. According to the report, … Continue reading

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Gold leads Scotsman auction

Three keys in the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series will be auctioned as part of Scotsman’s “The Collectors’ Auction 2017” on Nov. 3 at the Silver Dollar and Rare Coin Expo in St. Charles, Mo. Included are a 1921 graded MS-62 … Continue reading

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Mint director post for Ryder?

How do we get a new Mint director and an old one at the same time? President Donald Trump has found the answer by expressing his intention to fill the chair at the Mint that has been vacant since early … Continue reading

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WWI dollar designs unveiled

Designs were unveiled Oct. 9 for a 2018 commemorative silver dollar marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. A ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and … Continue reading

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Limited Edition set sells out

The United States Mint Limited Edition 2017 Silver Proof Set sold out in just a few days. It went on sale Oct. 5. This particular Mint sellout went in two stages. An order limit of two sets was in place … Continue reading

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Gold: A rock in life’s storms

What would you do if you lost access to all of your electronic asset and payment sources? This is no longer a theoretical question. Just look at the widespread destruction across the Caribbean and Southeastern United States over the past … Continue reading

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Royal Mint considers authentication

No one wants to write their own obituary, but when a government-owned mint considers offering collector values for coins it certainly appears that any of us, including myself, who publish coin values could find our careers in jeopardy. The British … Continue reading

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Proof of the Month: Progressive National Bank

By Peter Huntoon Notes from The Progressive National Bank of Summit, Miss., charter 10338, simply have not turned up. This is no surprise, because the bank lasted only two years between 1913 and 1915, when it was liquidated to become … Continue reading

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Many half cent mintages proof only

During the early days of the 19th century, the half cent was a popular coin, and several million pieces were struck. Considering that many workers earned less than one dollar per day at that time, even the half cent had … Continue reading

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