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Anatomy of a double denomination error

By Peter Huntoon and Lee Lofthus During August 2014, coauthor Lofthus located a file labeled “Errors in Printing FR Notes” among Federal Reserve Board records preserved in the National Archives while we were working there. The file with respect to … Continue reading

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Caribbean guilder in development

By Richard Giedroyc It’s been a long time coming, but it now appears that Caribbean guilder coins and bank notes will finally become a reality. According to a Feb. 15 article appearing in the Curacao Chronicle newspaper, “The Central Bank … Continue reading

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Rare gold ancient found in Israel

By Richard Giedroyc Ancient gold coins are seldom found in Israel. An ancient Roman coin that is known from only one other example is even less seldom to be encountered anywhere. The gold aureus of Roman Emperor Trajan recently discovered … Continue reading

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PNG warns of fakes

A warning against counterfeit coins has been issued by the Professional Numismatists Guild. Unsuspecting buyers have submitted counterfeit modern bullion coins to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for authentication and grading, PNG said. NGC, the official grading service of PNG, earlier reported … Continue reading

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Gold jumps as dollar drops

The news developments last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday were ones where gold and silver prices have almost always declined over the past five years. Specifically, these events were the expiration of the New York COMEX May silver option … Continue reading

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Gold Eagles fly high in first four sales months

Gold American Eagles moved quickly for the U.S. Mint’s Authorized Purchasers in the first four months of 2016. In fact, sales have doubled compared to the same period in 2015. Through April, the Mint sold its buyers 351,000 total troy … Continue reading

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Central States show wholesale success

Retail buyers were in short supply at the Central States Numismatic Society convention April 26-28, though wholesale business seemed to be as strong as ever. “I thought the wholesale activity was pretty good,” said Indian Head cent specialist Rick Snow … Continue reading

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Coins ‘minted freedom’ or irrelevant?

By Richard Giedroyc The possible demise of Australia’s 5-cent coin may be opening a can of worms Down Under regarding the future of physical cash, that being coins and bank notes. The Royal Australian Mint is currently celebrating the 50th … Continue reading

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Toronto Blue Jays get coin

A new $20 silver coin marking the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays has been created by the Royal Canadian Mint. The colorized silver-dollar-sized piece is priced at $99.95 each in Canadian funds. In contains one troy ounce of … Continue reading

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England’s £5 polymer note is on track

By Kerry Rodgers On March 10 the Bank of England’s chief cashier, Victoria Cleland, announced that the bank’s new £5 note is on track for release later this year. The new design will be unveiled on June 2 with the … Continue reading

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