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Hard assets make soft targets?

Storing precious metals in safe deposit boxes is a common practice. In general, valuables in safe deposit storage are much safer from theft than if they were stored at home or work. However, there are drawbacks. 1. Safe deposit boxes … Continue reading

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Royal Coin Cabinet is closing

It’s all about money, not only the money on display, but the cost of putting on that display as well. The future of Sweden’s Royal Coin Cabinet is in question. The Kungliga Myntkabinettet, as it is called in Swedish, has … Continue reading

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El Paso show packed with education

More than 500 people attended the 54th annual coin show of the International Coin Club of El Paso, Texas, held Feb. 10-12 at the El Maida Shriner Hall. Retiring bourse chairman and club past President John Grost commented, “Most of … Continue reading

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2017 proof silver Eagle ready

The ever popular silver American Eagle proof collector coin is slated to go on sale March 23 at the U.S. Mint. Struck in West Point and carrying the “W” mintmark, the one-ounce coin is expected to be priced similarly to … Continue reading

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Sovereign ‘look’ now 200 years old

Two hundred years ago, Britain reintroduced the gold sovereign as part of the Great Recoinage of 1816. To mark the 200th anniversary of the rebirth of this coin, the Royal Mint has released a special 2017 edition. The reverse designs … Continue reading

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Silver marks J.F.K.’s 100th

May 29 of this year is John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s 100th birthday. The Solomon Islands are marking the occasion with issue of a 40 mm, 1 oz., .999 fine silver dollar struck by the Royal Australian Mint in frosted unc. Mintage … Continue reading

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A look at 1934 FRN seal colors

By Peter Huntoon U.S. small-size note collectors have long recognized that the seal colors changed during the 1934 Series of Federal Reserve Notes, which were current from 1934 until 1950. The color progression was vivid yellow-green to vivid blue-green to … Continue reading

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Long Beach auction over $11 million

The $11 million Long Beach sale held by Heritage Feb. 16-19 was highlighted by early American issues. A silver 1785 Immune Columbia piece with a Nova Constellatio reverse sold for $129,250, including a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee. It was graded … Continue reading

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Eagle two-month total tumbles

.American gold and silver buyers dramatically slowed their purchases in February. Mint sales of the usually popular gold and silver American Eagle coins are plunging. Silver American Eagles are in worse shape. The combined sales total in the first two … Continue reading

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Kagin declares for VP

The vice presidency of the American Numismatic Association is being sought by longtime numismatist and author Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. He is currently serving a term on the ANA board of governors after having had two other terms earlier. Among … Continue reading

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