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Sauna theme for new Finnish coins

The sauna has been part of Finnish culture for over 2,000 years. Today, the country of seven million people has at least two million saunas. In these circumstances, it was inevitable that the sauna would provide a subject for the … Continue reading

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CBC 1 Yuan tops Hong Kong Fair sale

The Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair in late June saw Heritage Auctions offer a wide range of world paper money in its Signature Auction. When the dust settled on Jun. 29, the sale had realized a most satisfactory grand total … Continue reading

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First Spouse not first in buyers’ hearts

Ugly is the way one collector recently viewed the First Spouse gold $10 market. These are the companion pieces issued along with Presidential dollars 2007-2016. Each contains a half ounce of gold. Unfortunately, this same assessment is true for the … Continue reading

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Proof silver ‘S’ Eagle next

The second proof silver American Eagle of 2018 will be offered by the U.S. Mint on its website and by telephone starting Aug. 14. This one-ounce proof will have an “S” mintmark on it for San Francisco. The one-ounce that … Continue reading

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Innovators on dollars in 2019

Legislation requiring four designs a year on the dollar coin while preserving the Native American dollar as the fifth annual design was signed into law by President Donald Trump July 20. The American Innovation $1 Coin Act would anchor dollar … Continue reading

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ANA presidency for Ellsworth?

A year ahead of the next American Numismatic Association election, Col. Steven Ellsworth is exploring the possibility of running for ANA president. Ellsworth, who retired from the Army, is presently a member of the ANA board of governors. “I have … Continue reading

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Buyers take half of reverse proofs

A maximum mintage of 200,000 was too many to induce buyers to create an instantaneous sellout July 23 of the San Francisco Mint 2018 Silver Reverse Proof Set. Mid-morning July 24, the Mint reported 114,108 sets were taken up since … Continue reading

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Colonial, early federal to be sold

The Archangel Collection of Colonial and 1792 Coinage will be featured by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in the firm’s October official auction at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Assembled chiefly in the 1970s and 1980s under the guidance … Continue reading

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Gold swoon temporary?

As I discussed last week, the World Gold Council estimates that at the end of 2017 gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) and similar investment entities held about 80 million ounces of the metal. At prices last week, that would have … Continue reading

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Treasure display set for Philadelphia

More S.S. Central America treasure coins are on deck. They will be displayed Aug. 14-18 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia by the California Gold Marketing Group. Six of the recovered coins now comprise the … Continue reading

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