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CCAC reviews palladium, medal designs

Reviewing a U.S. Mint mock-up of the design for the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin – what will be the U.S. Mint’s first – was among the highlights of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting held March 21. The … Continue reading

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Make a deal for bullion

I recently discussed how the sales of bullion-priced precious metals coins and bars have been selling slowly in U.S. markets at the same time demand has picked up in China, India and many parts of Europe. This slowdown in U.S. … Continue reading

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Special issues made for Berlin fair

A number of world mints produced issues specifically for the 46th World Money Fair (WMF) held in Berlin on Feb. 3-5. These included coins expressly struck for the fair as well as existing issues in special WMF packaging. As soon … Continue reading

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Avoid auction fever and overpaying

Are we stuck in a rut? If you watch the trading range for bullion gold and silver you would say yes. If you watch the trading range for common date gold and silver American Eagle coins, regardless of whether they … Continue reading

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J.S.G. Boggs challenged perceptions of money

Shown below is a work by money artist J.S.G. Boggs. He died recently, at age 62. In the 1990s, I wrote extensively about Boggs, having initially found reference to an upcoming exhibit of his work in Tampa, Fla. I called … Continue reading

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Chinese notes see auction action

Chinese notes provided the major auction action at Archives International Feb. 7-8 sale. Those from the Pogrebetsky Family Archives provided greatest interest. Several had served as plate notes in Alexander Pogrebetsky’s 1929 book, Currency and Finance of China. One such … Continue reading

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Bell coins issued by Polish Mint

Two coins attracted more than passing attention among new issues launched at Berlin’s World Money Fair. In recent years Mennica Polska has produced some remarkable large 3D numismatic works of art. This year was no exception. The two were massive, … Continue reading

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BoE responds to fat-free uproar

In mid-February the Bank of England issued a statement updating its position on, “the discovery of traces of animal-derived products in £5 polymer banknotes.” It reiterates that it was unaware of the presence of these products in the polymer film … Continue reading

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Roman bronzes attract top prices

Dix Noonan Webb’s Feb. 15 sale results should provoke many an animated discussion between collectors over ensuing months. The catalog consisted of a superb collection of Roman bronze, none of which had seen a sale room for at least 76 … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers acquires website

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has acquired the interactive website CollectiveCoin.com. “One of our mission statements is to provide solutions for all our clients’ collecting needs,” said Brian Kendrella, company president. “Increasingly, collectors are looking for convenient technology solutions to manage and … Continue reading

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