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Alligator bite makes unusual coin

Palau has recently released a 38.61mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver $5 proof showing the imprint of an Alligator’s bite. The reverse of the coin presents the reptile almost fully immersed in water. Just the high parts of the animal’s … Continue reading

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Clutier, Ia., claims smallest number of sheets

By Peter Huntoon The First National Bank of Clutier, Iowa, charter 5366, holds the distinction, thanks to a liquidation on Oct. 12, 1908, of having issued the smallest number of sheets in Iowa of any plate combination in the Series … Continue reading

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American Legion looks at 2019 commems

Mint Director David Ryder and American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan appear on stage at the commemorative coin design unveiling event Aug. 29, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn. Two Legion members not identified look at the half dollar reverse. U.S. Mint … Continue reading

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CCAC explains coin design process

By Dennis Tucker On Aug. 16, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee gave a special two-hour presentation and panel discussion at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. The title of the “Money Talks” presentation was, “Why Did … Continue reading

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World shows new interest in coins

Whenever there is a major change in coins or currency in circulation in the United States, there has been a spark of new collecting interest. Personally, I was brought into the hobby along with much of my extended family when … Continue reading

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Fun with the euro on trip to Italy

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. As I write this, my wife and I are still recovering from nagging coughs we picked up on our 17-day trip to Italy in July. This was actually our second visit to Italy, having spent a … Continue reading

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FUN honors Numismatic Ambassadors

The Numismatic Ambassador Award has been honoring the volunteers that make the coin hobby tick for 44 years. Making this ongoing effort possible is the Florida United Numismatists organization. FUN took over responsibility for the award after Numismatic News bowed … Continue reading

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Coin Finds: Eye for wheat cents, clad coins evolves over time

Based on the long-running “Coin Finds” column in Coins Magazine, which will continue to appear in print, this online version will give additional exposure to the thrill of the hunt. Submit your own discoveries via email to David C. Harper … Continue reading

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East African rarities in Spink sale

In early October, world paper collectors will be spoiled for choice in London-town. Leading the charge are three major sales at Spink. Oct. 3 sees the Ibrahim Salem collection of world notes go on the block. Those who recall the … Continue reading

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Calligraphy celebrated on proofs

Calligraphy is a vital part of Chinese culture. It is traditionally regarded as an art form, referred to as Shufa [way/method/rule of writing]. Many individual characters in use today can be traced back to 4,000 B.C.E. The People’s Bank of … Continue reading

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