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Bank of England £1,000 note featured in auction

By Kerry Rodgers On Sept. 29 Dix Noonan Webb will be offering a rare Bank of England £1,000 note, P-341, as part of its British and World Paper Money sale. The note is described as having, “two light creases otherwise … Continue reading

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European Union OKs Lithuanian euro coins, currency

By Richard Giedroyc It’s official. Lithuania will be replacing its litas currency with coins and bank notes of the European Union beginning January 1, 2015. According to State Secretary for European Affairs of Italy and President of the Council of … Continue reading

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Roman gold coin found at Hadrian’s Wall

By Richard Giedroyc Why would a Roman gold coin be found at the site of a former Roman army encampment at Vindolanda along Hadrian’s Wall in Great Britain? While archaeologists are expressing delight regarding the find, the press has been … Continue reading

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Silver fall ready to reverse?

From July 29 to Sept. 2, managed money traders (which include large hedge funds, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors and similar companies) decreased their net long position in COMEX silver contracts from 14,063 to 6,542. Since each contract represents … Continue reading

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Popular Eleanor Roosevelt on latest First Spouse coin

Eleanor Roosevelt has gone down in history as a very popular First Lady. Her portrait on the half-ounce First Spouse gold coin just released by the U.S. Mint makes history in another way. You can see her teeth. The portrait … Continue reading

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Gold coins the best buy right now?

The price of gold hit $1,265 Sept. 3, the lowest since mid-June when it dropped from a relatively steady $1,300 to $1,243 over a month’s time. Are buyers taking notice? Not according to Gary Rosencrans, owner of Gary’s Coins, Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Will gold become plentiful?

Eight weeks ago, my column in the Numismatic News/NumisMaster e-newsletter discussed how future nanotechnology capability could make it possible to counterfeit coins that would be indistinguishable from the originals even if analyzed at the atomic level. (Read the article here.) … Continue reading

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50 years since demise of silver

By Richard Giedroyc It was a half century ago, in 1964, that the United States officially ended minting circulating silver coins. Granted, due to a compromise between President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S. Congress some silver would be retained in … Continue reading

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Nevada National Bank Note leads Expo sale

A 1929 $10 National Bank Note from Tonopah, Nev., featuring an A000001A serial number, is estimated to sell for in excess of $50,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo U.S. Currency Signature Auctions, Sept. 3-5. “Collectors will instantly appreciate the … Continue reading

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Perth Mint marks Coral Sea battle

On July 7 Australia’s Perth Mint released a new silver half-ounce bullion piece. The 50-cent coin commemorates the Battle of the Coral Sea fought from May 4 to May 8, 1942. It was a critical clash in the Pacific during … Continue reading

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