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China celebrates four good wishes

This year, the People’s Bank of China will release its fourth series of coins celebrating different auspicious aspects of Chinese culture. Once again, four themes are featured, each with its own pair of proof 40 mm, 30 g .999 fine … Continue reading

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Bottom for prices might be forming

Silver bullion appears to be trading in a modestly higher price range, having broken the $17-an-ounce level briefly late last week. It began the year at $17.06. At the moment this commentary is being written, silver is once more back … Continue reading

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Hamilton thought half cent necessary

Both non-collectors and beginning collectors are surprised to learn that the United States once had a coin worth only one-half cent. Given what little value the cent has today, the natural inclination is to think that the half cent had … Continue reading

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Silver dollars open Legend sale

Silver dollars will open a two-day, 855-lot Legend Rare Coin Auction Regency sale May 16-17. It is the official auction for the May 2018 PCGS Member’s Show at Harrah’s in New Orleans. “Silver Dollar Day” will be anchored by the … Continue reading

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Dogs steal the show at YN program

The Young Numismatists program held March 31 at the Manchester New Hampshire Coin & Currency show was a success, said Richard J. Hand Jr. Hand expressed his thanks to the New England Numismatic Association, Littleton Coin Company (Coin Folders), ANACS … Continue reading

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Rare gold $5 found in New England

A stunning gold coin find has been made by a lucky New England man. A fourth 1854-S $5 gold piece has been authenticated as genuine by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. This raises the number known to exist from three to four. … Continue reading

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Jackson stays on $20 at least to 2026

Andrew Jackson’s place on the $20 bill is secure at least until 2026. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was supposed to replace him by 2020, the 100th anniversary year of women’s right to vote. However, that will not now be the case. … Continue reading

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Saved by the cash

The government of Sweden has been trying to eliminate the use of physical coins and currency in everyday commerce. Even street beggars are required to use portable card readers to enable electronic donations. The latest information I have received from … Continue reading

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Star orientation documented for Dallas, San Francisco notes

By Peter Huntoon The first runs of Series of 1928 Dallas and San Francisco $100 star notes were numbered on the same 12-subject overprinting and separating press on November 22, 1929. Both press runs were 1,000 sheets each bearing serials … Continue reading

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Carausius denarius brings $13,568

Earlier this year, the London auction house of Dix Noonan Webb sold an extremely rare found denarius struck by rebel emperor Carausius at London c. 289-90 C.E. (RIC 591). In choice EF, it realized £9,600 [$13,568]. The coin is one … Continue reading

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