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National Bank Note circulation peaked in 1932-1933

By Jamie Yakes and Peter Huntoon The purpose of the National Bank Act was to create a new form of currency. To that end, organizers of national banks were required to take out circulation by the initial legislation. Prior to … Continue reading

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Could the German collector become extinct?

By Richard Giedroyc The private collector is under fire in Germany. Not just the coin collector but the collector of many antique or fine art objects. The problem is the German Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Proposals to … Continue reading

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China to replace yuan note with coin

By Richard Giedroyc Outside of U.S. Congress most people worldwide will agree a coin will outlast a bank note of the same denomination by years, resulting in saving production and material costs. The People’s Republic of China is the latest … Continue reading

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2016 uncirculated mint set racks up sales

Four days after it went on sale May 18, the Mint had tallied sales of 127,489 for the 2016 uncirculated coin sets. This start puts it on track to match the sales level achieved by the 2015 set, which presently … Continue reading

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Chops change value, affect grading

Chopmarks on Trade dollars may increase their value, but only for certain dates and if the eye appeal is there. Trade dollars were minted from 1873 to 1885, though only as proofs from 1879 to 1885. Many of the business … Continue reading

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Three reasons for gold

When people discuss the reasons for owning gold and silver, there can sometimes be miscommunication because people can have different ideas of what it means to do so. For instance, do you consider owning gold and silver as a form … Continue reading

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Deadly spider coin at $1,300

The Red Back Spider Dollar of Tuvalu has soared past the US$1,300 mark on the secondary market, more than 20 times issue price. In 2006 the first silver dollars in Tuvalu’s series of Deadly & Dangerous Australians were released by … Continue reading

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Fight with France strained Spanish coinage

By Bob Reis Imagine, if you will, that you lived in a country that had comprehensively not been taking care of business for most of the last 200 years, a country where your social position and your destiny was determined … Continue reading

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Hot market for Spink sale

By Kerry Rodgers If anyone held doubts that world paper money is running white hot, the results of Spink’s London sale of April 12-14 should lay these to rest. Spink’s Barnaby Faull points out that the £2.8 million sale total … Continue reading

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Latest Standard Catalog of World Paper Money released

The 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, edited by Maggie Judkins, is now available in two formats. Utilizing a worldwide network of numismatics experts, the 22nd edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper … Continue reading

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