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Three strikes against Liberty Head nickel

Three strikes and Liberty Head nickels are out with collectors. Lack of a good looking design, lack of a grading consensus and few survivors in higher circulated grades combine to keep collectors away. “They are ugly coins,” said Bill Miholer … Continue reading

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Reverse proofs examined

It was no sooner than the March of Dimes Special Silver Sets began hitting the street that owners began reporting relatively minor errors being found on many of the reverse proof dimes. Reverse proof refers to the finish on the … Continue reading

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New CCAC chair

A new chairperson has taken over the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Mary N. Lannin of San Rafael, Calif., replaces Gary Marks. She is a former winery owner and public TV director as well as a coin collector starting in childhood. … Continue reading

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How much gold in China?

On May 15, the Russian news source Pravda passed along an unconfirmed story that appeared in Duowei News that the Chinese government had accumulated 30,000 tons (965 million ounces) of gold reserves. China last updated their published gold reserves figure … Continue reading

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Coindrum trades coins for travel voucher

By Richard Giedroyc In the United States unwanted coins can be fed into counting machines at banks or retail stores, many of these services charging a hefty fee to accept the bulky coins. International travelers have an even more difficult … Continue reading

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First known Georgia $2 National surfaces

By Peter Huntoon It is huge news when a deuce is discovered from a previously unreported state. The Georgia $2 that graces this article was just consigned to Manifest Auctions (www.manifestauctions.com) and will cross the block July 11. The note … Continue reading

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Error catches eye

Chris Seelke of New York recently opened a 2015-S silver proof set that he ordered about two months ago only to find very unusual doubling on the Louisiana Kisatchie quarter. The doubling is what I refer to as “Displaced Design-Strike … Continue reading

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Large cent’s space flight adds value

By Kerry Rodgers Stacks Bowers May 20 Rarities Auction contained a remarkable rarity: a U.S. cent that had orbited the planet 206 times. It did so in 1965 aboard the Gemini VII space capsule. And it wasn’t any old cent, … Continue reading

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More reverse proofs on the way

With the March of Dimes set sold out featuring a reverse proof silver dime, collectors still have four more reverse proof coins coming in 2015 and the United States Mint says more are on the way in subsequent years. On … Continue reading

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Texas holds show despite floods

Flooding of biblical proportions in parts of the state did not prevent the Texas Numismatic Association from holding its show May 29-31 at the Arlington Convention Center just outside Dallas. Some attendees at the convention hotel even received flash flood … Continue reading

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