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Essays among attractions at Spink auction

By Kerry Rodgers Spink London’s sale in early December provided collectors with a pleasant interlude in the lead up to Christmas. As expected, the substantial number of essays, trials, proofs, and specimens on offer provoked considerable auction room activity. Of … Continue reading

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Gold Eagles set pace in 2015

The Mint registered a strong bullion coin sales year in 2015. The number of ounces of gold American Eagle bullion coins sold rose by 52.81 percent. For the gold Buffalo, the increase was 24.22 percent.For the silver one-ounce American Eagle, … Continue reading

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Best secured show list released

Col. Steven Ellsworth, retired, of the Butternut Company has announced the annual selection of “The Best Secured Coin Shows for year 2015.” Ellsworth attended over 40 coin shows and conventions in 2015, closely observing and evaluating the various types of … Continue reading

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Doubled 1926 dime found

David Sutton of Michigan can lay claim to reporting the first major doubled die known to me on a 1926 Winged Head Liberty dime; often mistakenly referred to as a Mercury dime. It’s certainly not of the stature of the … Continue reading

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FTC turns the screw

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments by April 4, 2016, to U.S. Code Title 16 Chapter I Subchapter B Part 23, which is “Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.” You can read the current regulations … Continue reading

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Gold up in 2016?

By Michael Fuljenz Gold at $1,200 to $1,300? Seven forecasts for 2016 made by Mike Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, lead him to this conclusion. “Nothing is guaranteed and almost anything can happen, of course, … Continue reading

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Story of ‘Emden’ told by collectibles

By Kerry Rodgers The story of the German World War I raider ship SMS Emden is one that inspires awe even a century after it occurred. It has been told many times. Thanks to a collection sold May 13, 2015, … Continue reading

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Lovell, Wyo. $50 termed an ‘over-the-top’ find

By Peter Huntoon Word reached me with the speed of the Internet when Heritage posted the C000005A Type 1 $50 that graces this article from Lovell, Wyo., in their January 2016 Florida United Numismatists sale. This is such an over-the-top … Continue reading

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World coin exchange market expands

By Richard Giedroyc First it was Coindrum, a self-service machine through which foreign coins are accepted, counted, and redeemed for a travel voucher. Now it is Fourex, a foreign coin and bank note acceptance machine which will convert currencies to … Continue reading

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Will buying opportunity in 2015 continue in 2016?

Flat is how Lee Crane, owner of L&C Coins, Los Alamitos, Calif., summed up 2015’s coin market. “It’s been that way for years,” he said. “Gold and silver prices are going down, so that affects coin values.” However, a collector … Continue reading

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