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Counterfeit Swiss 5-franc on rise

They’re back, and it certainly isn’t a good thing. Counterfeit 5-franc coins valued at an exchange rate of about $5 U.S. have been detected in increasing numbers throughout the past two years. Switzerland’s 5-franc coin is one of the highest … Continue reading

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Fakers getting better and better

The best teachers make their subject both interesting and entertaining. I’ve only taken three history courses: Religion, U.S., and World; and one of those teachers was everything you should expect. I can still remember the class he went into detail … Continue reading

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1935 $1 XB, YB, ZB experimentals

By Peter Huntoon and Jamie Yakes Deja vu. The Treasury Department conducted a major paper experiment in 1940 that resulted in the testing of three different papers on $1 Series of 1935A Silver Certificates using out-of-sequence serial numbers from blocks … Continue reading

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Gold tops for Kuenker

An octuple ducat of the city of Gdansk sold for 240,000 euro at Künker spring-auction March 14-18 in Osnabrück, Germany. About 5,700 lots in four auction catalogs realized a combined 10.7 million euro. From what was then called the city … Continue reading

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Massive CICF offerings from Heritage, with more than 4,600 lots

A wide assortment of world and ancient coins, totaling more than 4,600 lots altogether, will provide the ideal setting for discriminating collectors to significantly enhance their collections in Heritage Auctions’ April 14-19, 2016 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature® … Continue reading

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Expect quality world coins at CICF 2016

Every Chicago International Coin Fair brings out the best in quality world and ancient coins presented by some of the top dealers and auctions houses in the world. This year’s CICF, running from Thurs., April 14 to Sun., April 17 … Continue reading

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Best bullion tax tips for savvy investors

By Terry Hanlon Savvy investors know that owning precious metals can provide a de facto insurance policy for balanced financial portfolios. History shows precious metals, whether in physical or ETF form, operate as the ultimate hedge against inflationary concerns. But … Continue reading

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Small coin shop: Thing of the past?

More than 10 years ago, I served for two years as the only coin dealer on the American Numismatic Association Future of the Hobby Committee. Former ANA president John Wilson chaired it. David Harper of Numismatic News was one of … Continue reading

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Children’s interest gives hope to hobby

By Philip M. Lo Presti I am not convinced that children have little or no interest in coin collecting or numismatics at all. I had thought that, but my perspective changed after a wonderful little event that happened last month. … Continue reading

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ANA to celebrate National Coin Week

National Coin Week will be celebrated April 17-23 by the American Numismatic Association with a variety of activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom” is the theme. … Continue reading

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