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Coins identify ‘fake news’

Modern Germany traces its beginnings to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, the 9 C.E. battle in which Germanic tribes annihilated an occupying Roman Army. The famed battle is understood to have taken place near Kalkriese, northeast of Osnabrück. It … Continue reading

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Gold and silver plunge to August price levels

The value of many generic gold and silver coins got a haircut this past week following a sudden drop in gold to $1,271 and silver to $16.62. Prices are back to August levels. This decline in value will be felt … Continue reading

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Perth Mint strikes tribute to horse

For a couple of years, Australia’s Perth Mint has been striking coins to celebrate the Australian Stock Horse, a distinctive breed developed Down Under. This year, the mint has produced three coins: a 40.60 mm, 31.107 g (one ounce) .9999 … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Spectacular micro back plate find

By Peter Huntoon I’ve been pursuing and writing about early small-size micro back plate 629 and 637 notes for my entire collecting carrier, so any significant discovery along those lines is exciting to see. Robert Calderman, another 629/637 micro back … Continue reading

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Rare Colombian coins in sale

Rare coins from the South American country of Colombia, a jewel of the Spanish empire, will be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at auction Jan. 12-13, 2018, in New York City. Colombian paper money will also be part of the … Continue reading

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Bad year for silver Eagles

Will 2017 turn out to be the worst year for silver American Eagle sales since 2008? It’s a distinct possibility. Already the financial news media has reported that sales in the third quarter of 2017 are the worst since 2007. … Continue reading

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Bank notes once way to commit fraud

By Q. David Bowers Wolfeboro (spelled Wolfborough without the “e” in the early days) has had many banks over the years. Remarkably, for a town of about 6,300 citizens today, we have four banks: People’s United, Citizens (scheduled to move … Continue reading

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Currencies fail, gold doesn’t

The track record of unbacked paper currencies is that they all eventually fail. Since 1975, paper currencies issued by the following countries (and there may be more) have become worthless and were replaced by something else: Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia, … Continue reading

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Note of the Month: Postal Savings Certificate

By Neil Shafer Postal Savings Certificates were used for many years, going back to the earlier 20th century. This $1,000 certificate was issued in Puerto Rico and dated in 1965. A year later, the gradual phaseout of the whole system … Continue reading

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Steinberg’s offers world gold coins

World gold collectors have a new certified price list from Steinberg’s to examine. All coins on the latest list are certified by either the Professional Coin Grading Service or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Visit www.steinbergs.com, or email info@steinbergs.com for a copy. … Continue reading

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