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Gold profits or world peace?

Early last week, a friend of mine asked a question along these lines: “If pretty much all of the world’s financial problems and political fighting came to a positive resolution, and peace and prosperity reigned across the planet, do you … Continue reading

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Peter Rabbit coins from Royal Mint

Earlier this year, the Royal Mint announced four new designs that have been added to its Beatrix Potter collection. As in 2016 and 2017, both BU and colored silver proof 50p coins will be released over the course of 2018. … Continue reading

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Ireland might outsource note printing

Change at the Irish Mint may be changing. While it appears coin production will continue uninterrupted, bank notes printed at the Currency Centre, another name given to the Irish Mint, may soon cease. In what may be an unrelated matter, … Continue reading

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Spider moves to Niue gold

Back in 2006, Downies released the first one-ounce silver proof Niuean dollar of a “Deadly & Dangerous Australians Series.” It featured a highly deadly Red-back Spider (Latrodectus hasseltii). Over the next 10 years, the sale value of the coin rose … Continue reading

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Iraq rarities lead Heritage world sale

If they have not already done so, collectors of Middle Eastern paper need to check out Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society world catalog. Among numerous rarities that will be on offer at Chicago in the April 26-May 1 sale … Continue reading

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Plated coins give buyers new options

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a 2018 gold-plated silver $20 Inuksuk coin. It is made of silver plated with gold. This isn’t the first RCM coin that has been plated, nor is it the first precious metal composition coin … Continue reading

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Nashville: Same title, two charter numbers

By Peter Huntoon This is the story of the neat pair of Series 1902 blue seals from the Fourth and First National Bank of Nashville. One carries the charter number 1669 and the other 150. To understand this situation, we … Continue reading

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Rare pieces cut a path ahead for coins

Recent headlines suggest there are a significant number of truly rare collectible coins beginning to enter the market. These coins have not been available for years. While the value of many of these attractive and historically choice coins is likely … Continue reading

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Central States mourns Lockwood

Numismatic Ambassador Ray Lockwood died March 29 at the age of 79. The Marion, Ind., numismatist was given the award jointly with his wife Fran on April 24, 1999, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Milwaukee. Mr. Lockwood … Continue reading

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Elongateds honor Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympic Games are the theme of new elongated coins from Oded Paz. Set No. 1 is rolled on the following: Gold – Brass Planchet/blank Silver – South Korean 100 won, copper-nickel (KM-35) Bronze – South Korean 10 won, … Continue reading

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