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- e-letters (January 31, 2017) We asked: Do you feel threatened by counterfeit coins? I cannot know how it would feel to find out that I purchased a counterfeit coin. Other than the expense, I imagine that the disappointment would be a great concern. The hobby is aware of the counterfeit problem. Since my major interest is collecting modern U.S. coins, ...
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Should Vladimir Lenin be remembered as the founder of modern Russia? Valery Rashkin, Communist Party member of Parliament, thinks so. Rashkin recently sent a letter to the Bank of Russia, Russia’s central bank, in which he proposed a 25-ruble commemorative … Continue reading
The 2017 Fairbanks Coin Club membership token honors the Sesquicentennial of the Purchase of Alaska from Russia. Its obverse features the simple legend “Fairbanks Coin Club” with the member’s number counterstamped in the center. The reverse has the legend “Alaska … Continue reading
The feast day of St. Eligius, Patron Saint of numismatists, goldsmiths, farriers, jewelers, metalworkers, craftsmen, veterinarians and harness makers, was observed on Dec. 1. The Gateway Coin Club of San Antonio, Texas, marked the occasion with an educational program by … Continue reading
Numismatics is a diverse and fascinating field. Only you can decide the extent of personal involvement. This paper is read by people of all skill levels. That’s why a few times in the past I have written an introductory column … Continue reading
The March 2017 issue of Coins magazine focuses heavily on U.S. gold coins. R.W. Julian tells the story of the first gold $20s, those with James B. Longacre’s design gracing them. Mike Thorne explores the world of gold $1s. Both … Continue reading
Lyn Knight’s fall PCDA sale occupied Nov. 17 to 22. World paper was offered on the first and last days. Results proved sufficiently pleasing to leave Joel Shafer smiling broadly throughout Thanksgiving. Top-selling lot came early in the World Live … Continue reading
First commemoratives of 2017 will honor the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. The silver dollar will go on sale at noon Eastern Time Jan. 18 on the United States Mint website. Up to 400,000 of them can be struck, … Continue reading
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, Fla., authenticated and graded a 1983-D Lincoln cent as being struck on a brass planchet of a composition of 98 percent copper and 2 percent zinc that weighs 3.0 grams. Regular production 1983-D cents should … Continue reading
The United States Mint continued its recent pattern of giving the third America the Beautiful quarter design in each year the highest mintage. Output in 2016 saw the Shawnee National Forest quarter at 307.40 million, the Cumberland Gap at 438.60 … Continue reading