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One more time: Last editor’s letter completes a long journey

Even though I have often written long feature articles—sometimes covering 10 pages or more—one of the things I figured I would never be able to write on a regular basis was an editorial such as this. That’s because I feared … Continue reading

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Gold $3 never fit in American coinage

With an increasing supply of gold in the United States during the 1830s, President Andrew Jackson sought ways to put more gold and silver coins into the hands of the average citizen. In April 1836, as part of this agenda, … Continue reading

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Market seems in anticipation of FUN

By Bill Brandimore There will be an interesting numismatic 10-day tour of Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic in September, followed by a seminar in Wroclaw (Breslau) Poland, Sept. 27-30, 2018, where a joint group of American and Polish numismatists … Continue reading

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1882 $20 Gold Certificate leads

The “finest known” 1882 $20 Gold Certificate, Fr. 1176, is expected to bring in excess of $250,000 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Signature Auctions, set for Jan. 3-9 in Tampa, Fla. The sale is in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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Rare one dollar featured in sale

One of only three known examples of the first issue 1894 British Honduras one dollar note is to be featured in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, scheduled for Jan. 12-13 at the Grand … Continue reading

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Spink joins Taisei for Tokyo auction

After a hiatus of 30 years, the auction houses of Spink (GB) and Taisei (Japan) have again hooked up to stage a joint-auction in Japan. The late November sale was very much a pilot project to test present numismatic waters … Continue reading

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Bullion decline takes coin prices lower

The spot prices of both gold and silver took yet another dramatic downturn this past week, taking many bullion-impacted coins with them. It didn’t matter if it was an American Eagle, a collectible yet bullion-influenced former circulation coin, or a … Continue reading

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Major medieval find in France

A massive hoard of gold and silver medieval coins being described as the largest find of its kind ever encountered has been discovered at the ruins of the Abbey of Cluny in France. Although the discovery was made in September, … Continue reading

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Pilgrim coins sought for 2020

The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock would be honored by a proposed 2020 commemorative coin program. Legislation was introduced Dec. 4 in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate calling for up to 100,000 … Continue reading

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Few $1 million rarities in sales

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. What’s it worth? As the old saying goes, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard or seen this question by a novice collector, I would be a rich man. Well, that might be … Continue reading

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