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Britannia for Victoria and her son

The story so far: Britannia dominated the reverse designs of Britain’s copper coins from the reign of Charles II to that of William IV. She also starred on all the notes of the Bank of England as well as some … Continue reading

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Las Vegas celebrates 60th anniversary

The Las Vegas Numismatic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Show from May 18-20 at the Las Vegas Westgate Resort Hotel in Las Vegas in royal and regal pomp style. On public display at the event, for the first … Continue reading

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Bullion rise outpaces coin prices

Gold is up. Silver is up. I don’t think it comes as any surprise, but common date, common condition silver and gold coins continue to follow the spot prices of their respective metals higher. Scarce to rare coins continue with … Continue reading

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New finds on older Lincoln cents

In recent months I’ve been highlighting error-variety finds on rather recent date coins that can still be found in circulation. However, collectors should know that new discoveries are still being made on older coins that are not often encountered in … Continue reading

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Eight bullion bargains reviewed

Premiums are down for bullion coins. Here are eight bullion items to look at right now. In helping to establish retail prices at the company where I work, we check the price formulas used by several national competitors. It seems … Continue reading

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Get ready to pay for that ‘W’

Does putting a “W” mintmark on a one-ounce silver American Eagle coin make it worth twice the price? It does when it is formally called the American Eagle 2017 One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin by the U.S. Mint. When the … Continue reading

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‘Coin Digest’ in new edition

The 2018 edition of U.S. Coin Digest is now available from Krause Publications, publisher of Numismatic News. With 2,000 color images and listings for all United States coin issues, this 16th edition is the most comprehensive color guide to U.S. … Continue reading

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Roll back sales taxes

Progress is being made on the state sales tax exemption front. Let’s take a look. Virginia: Earlier this year, the state of Virginia not only renewed its existing precious metals bullion sales tax exemption, it expanded the exemption to rare … Continue reading

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Short changed: 20-cent piece, it was thought, would fill a gap

It’s tempting to think that if there was a serious problem with making change in the West—one that supposedly led to the introduction of a 20-cent piece in 1875—that it could have been solved by use of other small change, … Continue reading

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Collectors more likely to profit from coins

Well-known talk show financial advisor Dave Ramsey has called gold a rock. He doesn’t have a high opinion of it as an investment. Ramsey has admitted his passion is automobiles. Ours is coins. These are our passion, otherwise why are … Continue reading

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