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Notes spark exploration of Red Hook history

By Mark Hotz I hope you all enjoyed the past several months of articles on interesting historical currency items from my personal collections. I find the idea of placing a piece of currency in a particular place on a particular … Continue reading

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Rare 1809 Gerona issue has rich history

A few years ago, as we approached the anniversary of the beginning of The Great War, World War I, many in the coin industry anticipated the release of copious amounts of commemorative coinage honoring the heroism and suffering of individual … Continue reading

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Star orientation documented for Dallas, San Francisco notes

By Peter Huntoon The first runs of Series of 1928 Dallas and San Francisco $100 star notes were numbered on the same 12-subject overprinting and separating press on November 22, 1929. Both press runs were 1,000 sheets each bearing serials … Continue reading

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Disastrous wars led to coin trickery

By Bob Reis Despite my earlier belief that Swedish copper plate money was not accepted for tax payments, I seem to have discovered that this is not correct. Apparently, one could pay one’s taxes with copper, but at a discount. … Continue reading

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Eye appeal now of even more importance

Eye appeal is a critical factor when buying coins. This becomes even more important as the summer market loses momentum. Coins with eye appeal will sell quicker and be less likely to require a discount to move out the door. … Continue reading

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Lipton to display Nova Constellatio

The only complete four-denomination set of the USA’s first proposed coins, the 1783 Nova Constellatio patterns, along with the finest-known 1792 Birch cent and the only privately owned 1792 Eagle-on-Globe copper pattern quarter dollar, will be publicly displayed for the … Continue reading

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Tiny treasures part of gold recovery

Tiny California fractional gold pieces are among the coins recovered from the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America. These were obtained during the latest mission to the fabled “Ship of Gold,” which sank on a voyage from Panama to … Continue reading

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PCGS overdate discovery exciting

It is a circulation find when a collector finds something of value in change. What do you call a find by a third-party grading service among coins submitted to it? Whatever you call it, it is both newsworthy and exciting. … Continue reading

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Finest gold part of treasure

The finest-known Australian 1855 Sydney Mint gold sovereign, made during the first year of that mint’s operations, was discovered during the last expedition to the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America, that sank while sailing to New York … Continue reading

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Mercury series popular with many

Mercury dimes were seen in change quite often in the mid-1960s when clad coinage debuted. Silver and clad coins circulated side by side for a few years, and it was possible to find some older coins. The oldest dime I … Continue reading

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