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Provenance of very first federal notes

By Peter Huntoon My article in the June 2017 Bank Note Reporter tracking the provenance and whereabouts of the very first Federal notes that had been saved by Salmon P. Chase, Lincoln’s Treasury secretary, resonated with a lot of people. … Continue reading

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Popular skull coins struck for Palau

In 2016, Coin Invest Trust produced two 3-D, high relief, skull-shaped coins for Palau, one in gold and one in silver. These proved an instant sellout. Late in 2017, they released three more. First up is “Big Skull”: a 80×52 … Continue reading

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Buyers of coin bargains active in marketplace

Bargain hunting may be the watchword within the scarce to rare segment of the coin market. There are indications a significant number of collectors and perhaps speculators who know what they are doing are purchasing better date and superior condition … Continue reading

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San Jose starts year with a bang

The weather held out for the San Jose, Calif., Coin Club’s 50th Annual Coin Show. It was held Jan. 26-28, 2018, and no rain nor anything else that has troubled California lately interfered, or disrupted the three-day show, report Michael … Continue reading

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Officers installed by Stockton club

California’s Delta Coin Club celebrated its Annual Installation Dinner Jan. 12, 2018, with a catered meal at the club’s regular meeting site, Eagles Hall, Aerie #83, in Stockton. The Master of Ceremonies was Michael S. Turrini, a well-known presence and … Continue reading

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Mint offers first 2018 quarter

The United States Mint put the first of five 2018 quarter design on sale Feb. 5. Honoring the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the new quarter depicts a unique geographical feature. One hundred coin bags are priced … Continue reading

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Three states consider tax exemptions

Last fall, the state of North Carolina became the 36th state to have either no sales and use taxes at all (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon), or a complete or partial sales tax exemption on the in-state retail … Continue reading

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Repeater serials rare on Gold notes

By Peter Huntoon Serial number aficionado Logan Talks recently obtain this exceptional $20 Gold note with repeater serial A32003200A from an eBay offering. Repeater serials on Gold notes are all but unheard of, so finding one with this nice arrangement … Continue reading

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Charles Barber’s dime design appreciated by collectors

In the later days of the 19th century, it was the practice at birthdays and Christmas to give a gift of money to a child. Today we might think of a few dollars, but in those days, a dime was … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year winners announced

Individual category winners and the top Coin Of The Year prize were announced on Feb. 3, 2018, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. All coins in the contest are dated 2016. MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT COIN (for events that … Continue reading

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