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Lions first commemorative to roar in 2017

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

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Latest copper 1983-D cent a mystery

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

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Third quarter design gets top mintage

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

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Seated collectors warn of fake

By John Frost with Dick Osburn and Bill Bugert Editor’s Note: Following is a Jan. 1 warning emailed by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club to its members. Be on the lookout! New dangerous counterfeit 1872-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar. At … Continue reading

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Do you own metal or paper?

In years past, trading contracts of precious metals in the London Bullion Market Association was supposed to be backed 100 percent by physical metals in London vaults. Similarly, New York COMEX futures contracts for the spot month could be purchased … Continue reading

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Reagan leads in 2016 totals

The final year of the Presidential dollar series saw increases in the mintages honoring individual Presidents, but because there were only three Presidents honored, overall 2016 mintage declined from 2015. The Ronald Reagan dollar topped the figures with 5.88 million … Continue reading

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Market perks up at close of 2016

Optimism that disposable income may increase with the election of Donald Trump lifted the United States rare coin market in the last two months of 2016, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild. However, the gain was not enough to reverse … Continue reading

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Thian’s Master Album featured

A rare copy of Raphael Thian’s “The Currency of the Confederate States of America: Its Issues, Types and Series” is expected to bring in excess of $50,000 in Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 New York Book Auction. The sale will be … Continue reading

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Spink readies for New York sale

Jan. 13 finds Spink conducting a major bank note sale in New York at the Waldorf Astoria. Cataloging was far from complete at the time of writing. That said, sufficient material was to hand to suggest all serious paper money … Continue reading

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Cromwell patterns dazzle in New York

World coins, world paper money and ancient coins will be auctioned Jan. 12-14 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Waldorf Astoria during the New York International Numismatic Convention. According to the firm, British coinage is incredible, with particular emphasis on … Continue reading

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