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Make coin collecting tax free?

Should the profits that go to coin collectors when they sell their collections be tax free? Should coin dealers be exempted from paying income tax? I ask these questions after I received a press release about U.S. Representative Alex Mooney, … Continue reading

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Calm worries with gold

I’m getting nervous about the U.S. and the world economy. Despite a stream of positive economic reports from politicians, bureaucrats and the regular media, other bits of news that doesn’t get much coverage seem to portray a contradictory story. This … Continue reading

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Confusion surrounds 1798 shilling

One of Spink’s top-selling lots in their March sale was a so-called “Dorrien-Magens” shilling of 1798 (KM-607.3, S-3747, ESC-2139). In PCGS AU53, it commanded a price of $30,113 [£22,800] on an estimate of £12,000-15,000. The coin is one of the … Continue reading

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Coins survive from erased people

There are abundant numismatic classics out there, but too many are out of print. It is always a delight to see one reprinted. This is the case with Norman Rybot’s masterwork Armorican Art published in 1937 in Bulletin of the … Continue reading

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Cumberland quarter’s day arrives

The U.S. Mint continues to do its part by holding events that help coin collecting grow. On Aug. 30, it joined the National Park Service to unveil the Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter in Kingsland, Ga. This is the fourth … Continue reading

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Cut, countermarked coins in sale

Some remarkable collections of world coins have appeared at auction in recent years. Few can match the broad appeal of the Bob Lyall collection of cut and countermarked coins. It is scheduled to be offered on Sept. 25 by the … Continue reading

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Obsolete currency note linked to Scotland

By Neil Shafer It appears that an obsolete currency note from Massachusetts turns out to be an important piece for more than one reason. Its relevance to Scottish notes is seen in its back design. Apparently Sir William Congreve, who … Continue reading

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Alligator bite makes unusual coin

Palau has recently released a 38.61mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver $5 proof showing the imprint of an Alligator’s bite. The reverse of the coin presents the reptile almost fully immersed in water. Just the high parts of the animal’s … Continue reading

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Clutier, Ia., claims smallest number of sheets

By Peter Huntoon The First National Bank of Clutier, Iowa, charter 5366, holds the distinction, thanks to a liquidation on Oct. 12, 1908, of having issued the smallest number of sheets in Iowa of any plate combination in the Series … Continue reading

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American Legion looks at 2019 commems

Mint Director David Ryder and American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan appear on stage at the commemorative coin design unveiling event Aug. 29, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn. Two Legion members not identified look at the half dollar reverse. U.S. Mint … Continue reading

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