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Chinese and Russian to highlight AIA sale offerings

Rare Chinese and Russian bank notes, plus over 100 lots of U.S. obsoletes, will provide a central focus at Archives International Auctions’ sale 42, scheduled for June 15 at 10:30 a.m. EST. The 60-odd lots of Russian bank notes include … Continue reading

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Simon petitions the king with crown

One of the joys of collecting is to admire the designs that are used on the coins. Mints and governments naturally choose the best that can be found as it is in their best interests to please the public and … Continue reading

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The very first U.S. paper money

By Peter Huntoon Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Treasury secretary during the Civil War, is, of course, the father of U.S. paper money. The U.S. Treasury’s first circulating currency emissions were the Demand Notes authorized by the Act of July … Continue reading

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Britannia for Victoria and her son

The story so far: Britannia dominated the reverse designs of Britain’s copper coins from the reign of Charles II to that of William IV. She also starred on all the notes of the Bank of England as well as some … Continue reading

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Las Vegas celebrates 60th anniversary

The Las Vegas Numismatic Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Show from May 18-20 at the Las Vegas Westgate Resort Hotel in Las Vegas in royal and regal pomp style. On public display at the event, for the first … Continue reading

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Bullion rise outpaces coin prices

Gold is up. Silver is up. I don’t think it comes as any surprise, but common date, common condition silver and gold coins continue to follow the spot prices of their respective metals higher. Scarce to rare coins continue with … Continue reading

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New finds on older Lincoln cents

In recent months I’ve been highlighting error-variety finds on rather recent date coins that can still be found in circulation. However, collectors should know that new discoveries are still being made on older coins that are not often encountered in … Continue reading

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Eight bullion bargains reviewed

Premiums are down for bullion coins. Here are eight bullion items to look at right now. In helping to establish retail prices at the company where I work, we check the price formulas used by several national competitors. It seems … Continue reading

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Get ready to pay for that ‘W’

Does putting a “W” mintmark on a one-ounce silver American Eagle coin make it worth twice the price? It does when it is formally called the American Eagle 2017 One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin by the U.S. Mint. When the … Continue reading

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‘Coin Digest’ in new edition

The 2018 edition of U.S. Coin Digest is now available from Krause Publications, publisher of Numismatic News. With 2,000 color images and listings for all United States coin issues, this 16th edition is the most comprehensive color guide to U.S. … Continue reading

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