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Stack’s Bowers sale nears $4 million

Stack’s-Bowers April 5-7 $3.9 million Hong Kong sales consisted of five catalogs: Hong Kong issues, Vintage Chinese, Foreign coins, Modern Chinese issues, and Chinese & World coins (Internet only). The strength and depth of the present Chinese collector market was … Continue reading

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Album calls largest auction

The firm of Stephen Album Rare Coins will hold its largest auction to date from May 18-20, 2017. Auction 28 will be called in the firm’s offices in Santa Rosa, Calif. It will feature 3,021 lots of ancient, Islamic, Chinese, … Continue reading

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Recycled Norwich, Conn., plate was the first

By Peter Huntoon Two First National Banks of Norwich, Conn., were chartered during the Original Series; the second a successor to the first. In what proved to be an unusual occurrence, the Comptroller of the Currency authorized the plates for … Continue reading

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Plain Backs of Forest City, N.C., are true sleepers

By Peter Huntoon Series of 1902 Plain Backs from The First National Bank of Forest City, N.C., are true sleepers. The bank was organized in 1909, and both 5-5-5-5 and 10-10-10-20 Series of 1902 face plates were made for it. … Continue reading

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Legendary Chinese treasure found

What was thought to be only a legend has proved to be fact. As of early March, Chinese archaeologists are busy recovering more than 10,000 gold and silver objects, including many coins and primitive money items, from the bottom of … Continue reading

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Prices not cast in stone in guides

Grading does not take eye appeal into account. Grading does not take toning into account either. Ditto for quality of strike. Scratches and other detractions may or may not be identified on an encapsulation at the time a third-party certification … Continue reading

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Flowing Hair struck over Anthony

The 40th anniversary of the 1977 Flowing Hair mini-dollar design by Frank Gasparro is being commemorated by a new numismatic issue from Ken Potter. He is offering exact-size faithful reproductions of the proposed design struck over 1979 Susan B Anthony … Continue reading

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May looks promising for Eagle

Sales of silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coins picked up in the opening days of May. Some 980,000 coins have been sold. This compares to 835,000 sold in the entire month of April and 1,615,000 in the month of March. … Continue reading

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Silver dollar book on sale

Twenty-five years after the first one, the 2017 edition of the Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia® has been published by John W. Highfill. The veteran Oklahoma silver dollar dealer, National Silver Dollar Convention founder and author has created a two-volme … Continue reading

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Rare 1794 dollar in Stack’s Bowers sale

One of the finest known 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollars has been consigned to Stack’s Bowers for the firm’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Auction in early August in Denver. The coin was once a part of the … Continue reading

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