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Gold beats them all

While much attention is now focused on U.S. stock indices reaching record levels, only a handful of people are aware that precious metals, on average, have outperformed U.S. stocks since the end of 1999. As measured in U.S. dollars, here … Continue reading

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Old AU coins make Mint State today

Imagine learning to drive on the right side of the road and then moving away from the city and high into the mountains with no paved roads or cars. Then, coming down 40 years later to find that everyone is … Continue reading

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Adkins declares for ANA presidency

A second candidate has declared for the presidency of the American Numismatic Association. ANA Vice President Gary Adkins made it official on Friday. Two weeks early former board member Mike Ellis had announced his intention to seek the top ANA … Continue reading

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Canada celebrates its abolished cent

It no longer exists, but that hasn’t stopped the Royal Canadian Mint celebrating the history of its one-cent coin. A five-coin .9999 fine silver set uses multiple-sized and shaped blanks to reproduce the main design types of Canada’s cent from … Continue reading

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Rare chits attract attention at FUN

Heritage Auctions Jan. 5-9 FUN World Currency Signature Auction opened 2017 on a red hot note. No more so was this evident than when a type set of four World War II Gilbert and Ellice Islands chits appeared on the … Continue reading

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Cygnus final RAM sky dome coin

The third and final coin in the Royal Australian Mint’s northern sky domed coin series has been released. On the colored reverse of the spectacular silver $5 proof the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan, shines brightly. Cygnus is one of … Continue reading

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Pen-signed Bank of Italy discovery

By Peter Huntoon The Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, charter 13044, was organized in 1927 as the successor to the Bank of Italy, and quickly developed into one of the largest banks and most prolific issuers in … Continue reading

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New SCWPM available

The 16th edition of the popular Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, General Issues, 1368-1960 is now available. With input from nearly 100 worldwide contributors and auction houses, it again proves to be the best single-source volume for listings, identification … Continue reading

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Platinum next step for Britain

British Royal Mint announced a partnership Dec. 15 with the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) to launch a range of platinum bullion coins and bars throughout 2017. The move into platinum marks the first for the BRM. The principal aim … Continue reading

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Lions dollar gets slow start

On Jan. 18 the U.S. Mint said it sold. 19,244 proofs and 5,926 uncirculated 2017 Lions silver dollars. Maximum mintage is set at 400,000, though many recent commemorative programs got nowhere near their maximum figures. Both coins have a “P” … Continue reading

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