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Roman aureus soars in sale

A unique and beautiful Type 2 aureus of Augustus Caesar (WCN September issue) realized £480,000 ($784,000) when offered for sale by Dix Noonan Webb in London on Sept. 22. Only 22 examples of the heifer-reverse aureus minted for Augustus are … Continue reading

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Rarity and quality highlight Hill sale

By Kerry Rodgers The second major tranche of the remarkable and important collection of the late Ruth W. Hill went on the block at Heritage Auction’s Long Beach Expo World Currency Signature sale on Sept. 4-8. As in April both … Continue reading

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No profits for ignorant?

Some of the best advice is simple, short and to the point. The following, I hope, is an example of this. In 1981, I became part owner of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Mich., and have been full owner since … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle rationing on the horizon?

Rationing the supply of new 2014 silver American Eagle bullion coins might return if current extraordinary demand for them continues. The Mint calls it allocation. In response to questions from Numismatic News, the Mint said Oct. 3, “The demand we … Continue reading

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Rare coins up for bid at Heritage Gardner auction

Silver rarities come into their own in the 630-lot Eugene H. Gardner Collection II Signature Auction that will be conduced Oct. 27 by Heritage Auctions at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Among the highlights is a 1796 … Continue reading

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Coin grading skills prevent costly mistakes

Learning how to accurately grade coins will take time, but is worth it when it comes to avoiding costly mistakes. John Krupka, owner of Point Coin, Stevens Point, Wis., said overgrading is a common issue for both buyers and sellers. … Continue reading

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Gold for profit or wealth preservation?

There seems to be some confusion among buyers of bullion-priced precious metals as to their motivation for making such purchases.  Are they buying gold and silver to preserve their wealth indefinitely through diversification (which I refer to as owing precious … Continue reading

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Medal honors 220th anniversary of Kosciuszko Uprising

By Kerry Rodgers Thomas Jefferson described him as, “pure a son of liberty as I have ever known.”  Samuel Coleridge, Leigh Hunt and John Keats wrote poems in his honor. He was the subject of a U.S. stamp in 1933. … Continue reading

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Greece flaunts repatriated ancient coins

By Richard Giedroyc Collectors of ancient coins in the United States are likely less exuberant than was Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos when on Aug. 4 he attended a ceremony in New York at which he announced the return of some … Continue reading

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Art medals gain support

Scientists, humanitarians and heroes are honored on medals produced by the U.S. Mint, as are our national values of liberty and freedom. But imagine the possibilities if artists and sculptors were given the artistic freedom to create medals sans legislative … Continue reading

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