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- e-letters (January 31, 2017) We asked: Do you feel threatened by counterfeit coins? I cannot know how it would feel to find out that I purchased a counterfeit coin. Other than the expense, I imagine that the disappointment would be a great concern. The hobby is aware of the counterfeit problem. Since my major interest is collecting modern U.S. coins, ...
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In my experience, coin and paper currency dealers focus almost all their marketing efforts toward existing and would-be numismatists. They may be missing out on another niche to expand their sales – serving topical collectors. A topical collection is one … Continue reading
After 34 years, a 1982-D Small Date cent struck on a 95-percent copper-alloy planchet has finally been found and confirmed by me. A Minnesota collector who wishes to remain anonymous discovered it while sorting through 1982 cents by weight to … Continue reading
The giving of coins, medals and tokens as Christmas gifts has a long tradition. Its origin perhaps lies with the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to Baby Jesus. Certainly gifted coins have been traditionally gold or silver. The British … Continue reading
Coin dealers, no matter whether a one-person operation or much larger, have several ways to benefit from hiring students. That does not mean hiring just anyone for the sake of hiring a student. Instead, look at the students you know … Continue reading
The discovery of a single coin may be exciting, but it is seldom of any consequence. When that coin is high enough in value that it could have purchased a house when it was accepted as money makes that find … Continue reading
The Queen Anne VIGO gold 5 guineas of 1703 described in our last issue fetched $349,384 (£280,000) when it came up for sale on Nov. 16 at Boningtons in Great Britain. The extremely rare coin had spent the past several … Continue reading
Ten years ago the Royal Australian Mint introduced Wojciech Pietranik’s strikingly simple “Kangaroo at Sunset” design. It has since figured each year on a 21.60 mm, fifth ounce .9999 fine gold $25 proof and from 2009-2016 on a 21.69 mm, … Continue reading
Numismatic News reader Jon Bender of Dallas, Texas, came up with an 1851-D gold dollar with approximately 90-degree Rotated Dies. He said, “Never have [I] seen one like this on an 1851[D].” It represents one of few gold coins with … Continue reading
On Dec. 20, 2008, a stony meteorite fell in Morocco near the village of Tamdakht. Fragments were scattered over an oval area of 25 kilometers by 2 kilometers in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The two largest formed … Continue reading