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Martha starred on the first $1 SC

By Tom LaMarre More than 80 years after she died, Martha Washington starred on the first $1 Silver Certificate. To this day, she is the only real-life woman depicted on U.S. paper money. Ironically, Martha Washington did not entirely enjoy … Continue reading

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Coin technology sees improvement

Improvements to bank note technology are well recognized as central banks continue to try to stay one step ahead of the counterfeiters. Changes in coin technology that can serve the same purpose often go under-recognized. This is especially true since … Continue reading

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Artist Boggs leaves storied legacy

Renowned money artist J.S.G. Boggs recently passed away. He was age 62. According to news reports, his body was discovered in a Tampa hotel by police on Jan. 29. No known cause of death was given. During his career as … Continue reading

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Roman bronze to star in DNW sale

Collectors of Roman coins will need to be front and center for Dix Noonan Webb’s Feb. 15 sale. The London auction house will be offering a superb collection of Roman bronze that has not seen an auction block for 75 … Continue reading

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ICTA forms anti-fake force

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets board of directors approved at its Jan. 4 board meeting the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force committee to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials on … Continue reading

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Design winners named

With his design, “Liberty Alive,” graphic artist and illustrator Chris Costello has been named the winner of the first ANA auction catalog cover design competition sponsored by Kagin’s Auctions. An independent panel of judges chose the winner from more than … Continue reading

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World auction ‘hides’ valuable U.S.

Two choice U.S. rarities starred on Jan. 15 at a small but exclusive sale of a “Selection of Fine World Coins and Medals.” It was Spink’s third auction in as many days at the New York International Numismatic Coinvention (NYINC). … Continue reading

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Filed die makes rare gold even rarer

By Roger Burdette A rare die variety has been identified in the Saint-Gaudens gold $20 series. I call it the 1922-S “Filed Die” double eagle. It was first identified in January 2015 during detailed research for a pending Saint-Gaudens double … Continue reading

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Gold beats them all

While much attention is now focused on U.S. stock indices reaching record levels, only a handful of people are aware that precious metals, on average, have outperformed U.S. stocks since the end of 1999. As measured in U.S. dollars, here … Continue reading

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Old AU coins make Mint State today

Imagine learning to drive on the right side of the road and then moving away from the city and high into the mountains with no paved roads or cars. Then, coming down 40 years later to find that everyone is … Continue reading

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