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Mother Russia or Father Lenin?

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

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Club honors Alaska purchase

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

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Patron Saint of hobby recalled

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

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Gold rich in history

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

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World paper a draw in PCDA sale

Lyn Knight’s fall PCDA sale occupied Nov. 17 to 22. World paper was offered on the first and last days. Results proved sufficiently pleasing to leave Joel Shafer smiling broadly throughout Thanksgiving. Top-selling lot came early in the World Live … Continue reading

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Lions first commemorative to roar in 2017

First commemoratives of 2017 will honor the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. The silver dollar will go on sale at noon Eastern Time Jan. 18 on the United States Mint website. Up to 400,000 of them can be struck, … Continue reading

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Latest copper 1983-D cent a mystery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, Fla., authenticated and graded a 1983-D Lincoln cent as being struck on a brass planchet of a composition of 98 percent copper and 2 percent zinc that weighs 3.0 grams. Regular production 1983-D cents should … Continue reading

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Third quarter design gets top mintage

The United States Mint continued its recent pattern of giving the third America the Beautiful quarter design in each year the highest mintage. Output in 2016 saw the Shawnee National Forest quarter at 307.40 million, the Cumberland Gap at 438.60 … Continue reading

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Seated collectors warn of fake

By John Frost with Dick Osburn and Bill Bugert Editor’s Note: Following is a Jan. 1 warning emailed by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club to its members. Be on the lookout! New dangerous counterfeit 1872-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar. At … Continue reading

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Do you own metal or paper?

In years past, trading contracts of precious metals in the London Bullion Market Association was supposed to be backed 100 percent by physical metals in London vaults. Similarly, New York COMEX futures contracts for the spot month could be purchased … Continue reading

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