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Good money spent on poor coins

Poor-1 (PO-1) is the lowest grade a coin can be, where the coin is little more than a metal disk. So why are collectors going after these badly worn coins? Greg Allen, owner of Greg Allen Coins, St. Paul, Minn., … Continue reading

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Gold medal highlights Stack’s Bowers sale

A rare gold medal will be among the highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 2015 Hong Kong auction. It commemorates the establishment of the Fuzhou Arsenal, circa 1874 (51.81 mm, 90.07 grams). The auction will offer 2,077 lots … Continue reading

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British £2 could be counterfeiting target

By Richard Giedroyc It appears to be unsubstantiated speculation by the media, but could the British £2 coin be on a short list of coins counterfeiters are now considering copying? Attention is being drawn to the highest denomination coin in … Continue reading

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Bart reports series 2009 $10 error bill

A pre-printed stock error worth $6,500 has been found on a Series 2009 $10 Federal Reserve Note. Frederick J. Bart, author and researcher of U.S. paper money errors, reported the discovery. The pre-printed stock error consists of an extraneous printing … Continue reading

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February Eagles post decline

Low silver and gold prices are keeping the United States Mint’s bullion orders down, the latest sales data show. Comparing February of 2014 to February 2015 in terms of total ounces sold, purchases of gold American Eagles are down 40 … Continue reading

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Indiana mulls sales tax exemption

Over the years, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets has had significant success at supporting efforts to enact sales and use tax exemptions for the retail sales of precious metals, rare coins and paper currency in several states. In the … Continue reading

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Harrison Indian Peace medal sells

What kind of interesting historical story does $50,000 buy these days? One example comes from a recent Stack’s Bowers auction. The giving of medals as a token of peace to Native American chiefs was a habit indulged in by assorted … Continue reading

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Lincoln Wheat cents continue to dazzle

Lincoln Wheat cents, one of the most collected coin series, are always popular. What’s been selling well recently? Anything unique or good quality, Charmy Harker, Irvine, Calif., said. Harker, also known as The Penny Lady, pointed to toned Lincoln cents … Continue reading

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Third Roosevelt dime error discovered

A third date for the Roosevelt dime has been found with prominent doubling on Roosevelt’s lips. The latest report is of a 1955-S dime reported by Calvin Goddard of California. Goddard also found a 1953-S “Hot Lips” dime that was … Continue reading

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Do you call it cleaning or conserving?

“Cleaning” or “conserving” a coin? These are two words that might seem to mean the same thing, but they often don’t. The distinction often boils down to whether a coin is in the hands of an expert, or an amateur. … Continue reading

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