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Littleton now ESOP

Employees of Littleton Coin Company are now owners of the business. Effective Jan. 1, the company became 100 percent employee owned as David Sundman and his family sold all of the stock to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Sundman will … Continue reading

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Russian medal stirs controversy

“From Russia with Love” is a popular movie title that reminds us all of the Cold War, but “In Trump we trust” – also originating from Russia? That is the spin the Art-Grani metal working company in Zlatoust in the … Continue reading

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Old errors lurk in your cent change

For the first time in history the United States Mint has put a “P” mintmark on Lincoln cents. While searching change for the new cents from Philadelphia, remember the denomination also has many error coins that can still be found … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year trophy goes to Italy

Italy claimed the 2017 Coin of the Year globe trophy Feb. 4 at an awards ceremony held at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. The winning coin, a silver 10-euro piece, marked the 70th anniversary of peace in Europe. … Continue reading

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Artist Yu Min honored for life’s work

A Lifetime Achievement Award in Coin Design was given to Yu Min of the Shanghai Mint Co., Ltd., Feb. 4 at the Coin of the Year Award ceremony at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. He was unable to … Continue reading

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Gold’s got secrets

Prices for precious metals, along with just about everything else, depend on the relative levels of supply and demand plus available inventories. In judging where gold and silver prices are likely to trend, investors and numismatists alike have an interest … Continue reading

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Gold worries: ‘Shaving’ and wear were once a concern

In the early 20th century, when gold coins were still in regular circulation, it was a much different world in making change. Though perhaps not widespread, there was always the chance your gold coin had been “shaved” of some its … Continue reading

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Three receive ICTA Service Award

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets bestowed its annual Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award during its membership and board of directors dinner Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Receiving the honors were ICTA chairman Philip Diehl and board members … Continue reading

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PNG warns of Trump fakes

So-called “Trump coins” are being offered for sale, but in many cases should not be mistaken for rare coins, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild. In some cases, the items being offered are not even actually coins despite how they’re advertised, … Continue reading

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Martha starred on the first $1 SC

By Tom LaMarre More than 80 years after she died, Martha Washington starred on the first $1 Silver Certificate. To this day, she is the only real-life woman depicted on U.S. paper money. Ironically, Martha Washington did not entirely enjoy … Continue reading

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