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Year opens on optimistic note for coin prices

At the beginning of 2018, overall market appreciation looks hopeful. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, you may want to consider getting back in the pool before the water gets any deeper. There is a real chance 2018 may … Continue reading

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Danes lead race to give up cash

It is just a couple of years since Denmark announced it was closing its 278-year-old Royal Danish Mint. Now the news is that Danes are making far fewer cash payments than elsewhere in the EU. A report issued by Danmarks … Continue reading

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PCGS compiles list of top slabs

The Professional Coin Grading Service added up its results for 2017 and revealed that the firm has graded 18 of the 20 coins with the highest prices as realized at public auctions. But that wasn’t the end of the story. … Continue reading

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Proof silver Eagle begins the year

Collectors were quick off the mark Jan. 4 when the U.S. Mint put the 2018-W proof silver American Eagle on sale. By the Jan. 7 weekly report, collectors were credited with taking 211,071 pieces. Issue price of $55.95 is $2 … Continue reading

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FUN auction at $41 million

The Heritage Auctions U.S. coin auction in Tampa realized almost $41 million. The sale dates were Jan. 3-5 and Jan. 7-8. It is the big prices that generate the headlines. There were plenty of those. Star performer was an 1880 … Continue reading

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Exhibitors busy at FUN show

Errors took the top trophy at the Florida United Numismatists exhibit awards. I congratulate the winner, Patrick Glassford, on his exhibit, “Canadian Wrong Planchet Strikes.” He won the Best of Show Award. The last 12 months have been a year … Continue reading

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Low premiums benefit metal buyers

With declines in demand for its bullion products during 2017, the U.S. Mint toward year end dropped the premiums charged to its Authorized Purchasers on gold American Eagles and Buffaloes. This decline in premiums may or may not continue. Some … Continue reading

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You’re not the first collector with regrets

By Dr. R.S. “Bart” Bartanowicz “Would you take a look at this coin and give me your brutal opinion? I purchased the coin online under “no returns.” The images looked good, and it cost me about $30. “I know that … Continue reading

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Roosevelt dimes offer plenty of options

By Mark Benvenuto When it comes to what is the Rodney Dangerfield of U.S. coins, a quick vote has to go to our humble Roosevelt dime. Think about the dime’s long standing design in relation to our other coins. Of … Continue reading

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Chinese coin hoard weighs tons

A find of approximately 5.6 tons estimated to involve about 300,000 copper composition Song Dynasty wén coins has been uncovered by people building a house in a village in Chacun, according to the Jiangnan Metropolis Daily newspaper. The initial discovery … Continue reading

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