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Hunt on for 1968-S proof half varieties

With the discovery of a 1968-S proof Kennedy half dollar with a standard “Serif S” punched over a “Knob-tailed S” (last used in 1948) announced and certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in the April 18 issue, it is a good … Continue reading

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‘Trump Dollar’ goes on the market

Trump Dollars are being sold by Bernard von Nothaus in gold and silver. The first 25 one-ounce gold pieces that he called trial strikes were offered to buyers in an online auction that closed April 10. Proof-like and proof gold … Continue reading

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Add ‘P,’ lower cent mintage

Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that … Continue reading

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Uncertain world good for gold

Last week I predicted a more than 50 percent chance that the price of gold would exceed $1,300 and silver more than $20 by the end of April. As of Tuesday, April 11, the price of gold reached a five-month … Continue reading

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New Seychelles coins damaged goods?

Can nickel-plated steel rust? Apparently so, according to the Central Bank of Seychelles. The island nation has a circulating 25-cent coin comprised of nickel-plated steel, for which no problems have been reported. The more recently introduced 10-rupee coins of similar … Continue reading

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New concept: Coins and hockey cards merge

Almost 30 years ago Upper Deck upped the ante in the sports card industry when it released its first baseball card product in 1989. The release featured baseball cards on a different type of paper stock than collectors were used … Continue reading

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Look at coppers, Capped Bust halves, Morgans

The coin market continues to look optimistic, with buying opportunities abounding. I usually address the more commonly collected coins first, since so many of these coins are impacted by outside sources, these being the stock and commodity markets. Looking at … Continue reading

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Tiger glows in the dark

Austria’s Colorful Creatures coins introduced last September have proved extremely popular with coin collectors. The first two issues of the series were sellouts, with young collectors especially smitten by them. On Feb. 22 the Austrian Mint released the third coin … Continue reading

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Unique star note among offerings

A newly discovered star $10 Federal Reserve Note, Series 1928A, is part of an expansive Platinum Night session of Heritage Auctions’ Central States Signature auction in April. The auction was still in the planning stages as the April issue of … Continue reading

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Moses parts Red Sea on coin

January saw Numiscollect release the latest coin in Palau’s Biblical Stories series: a 35 mm, half-ounce .999 fine silver $2 proof. The coin recalls the Exodus, specifically Moses dividing the waters of the Red Sea. Mintage is 1,000. The reverse … Continue reading

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