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Buying a fireproof safe a wise idea

By Bill Brandimore A chill is in the air, and hopefully, by the time you read this, we’ll be done watching disaster after disaster of flooding, hurricanes and wild fires. I expect that the sheer devastation we’ve seen lately puts … Continue reading

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Take advantage of generally weak prices

If you follow the value of excessively rare coins sold at auction, you are likely to be impressed with recent prices realized. If you collect anything else, that being coins ranging from between common but collectible to scarce or to … Continue reading

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Silver center cent highlights auction

Coins and paper money results recorded by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at its Whitman Coins and Collectibles Winter Expo auction Nov. 8-14 in Baltimore totaled $15.4 million. At Rarities Night, a Mint State 1792 silver center cent brought $900,000. The piece … Continue reading

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ANS to present Trustees’ Award

The Rosen Family will be given the Trustees’ Award by the American Numismatic Society at its Jan. 11, 2018, Annual Gala Dinner. It will be held at the Harvard Club in New York City. ANS says Rosen family members have … Continue reading

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Eric Newman dies at 106

Numismatic collector and scholar Eric P. Newman died Nov. 15 at the age of 106. The St. Louis native is perhaps best known for his book, The Fantastic 1804 Dollar, that he wrote with Kenneth E. Bressett. It was published … Continue reading

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Coke cap serves as model for coin

ModernCoinMart is about to find out if things really go better with Coke. The iconic soda brand’s bottle cap lends its shape to a new coin from Fiji issued and marketed by the firm in cooperation with S&A Partners. Made … Continue reading

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Bullion for quick buck or long-term security?

Just a small percentage of the public actually owns any bullion-priced physical gold or silver, maybe only 1-3 percent of adults in the U.S. Because of this, it would take a lot to achieve a major expansion in demand. Dealers … Continue reading

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Australians dislike small change coins

Small change coins may not be in short supply in Australia, but people willing to carry and spend them are. A recently released survey of Australians conducted by the Amsterdam-based banking and financial services corporation ING Group indicates about one … Continue reading

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Interesting error on 1899 Vernon-Treat plate

By Peter Huntoon When BEP personnel were certifying the four-subject $1 Silver Certificate Series of 1899 Vernon-Treat plate bearing Treasury plate number 30692, plate serial number 5500, on July 21, 1909, someone noticed that siderographer Charles A. Hall had accidentally … Continue reading

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Knowledge critical when buying online

Over-the-counter businesses and coin show bourses are feeling the shift of more of the market to the Internet. The effect is not so much for auction houses or coin dealers who already have a significant online presence. No one really … Continue reading

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