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Reader’s Showcase: Grange notes popular but difficult pursuit

By Peter Huntoon Notes issued by the Grange national banks of Pennsylvania always have been a popular but difficult pursuit by determined collectors. The Grange movement, founded after the Civil War in 1867, was officially organized as The National Grange … Continue reading

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Downturn offers affordability to collectors

A new book meant to encourage people to collect coins appeared recently on Facebook. The person posting the plug for the book spoke of how coin collecting is on the decline. A book isn’t going to turn the hobby around. … Continue reading

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Motl confirms palladium bullion coin

A one-ounce palladium bullion coin will be released by the U.S. Mint in September. Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint David Motl said the new coin would be sold through the Mint’s usual network of Authorized Purchasers. He told … Continue reading

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Set sellout has Denver twist

The enhanced uncirculated coin set sold out online in minutes on Aug. 1. That news flashed across the American Numismatic Association bourse floor in Denver. It was dealer set-up time, and no public was on the floor. There also was … Continue reading

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PNG honors Beth Deisher

Retired editor of Coin World, Beth Deisher, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award July 31. The recognition was extended by the Professional Numismatists Guild at its annual awards dinner in Denver. Newly elected PNG President Barry Stuppler said she was … Continue reading

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First U.S. coin identified by McCarthy

What was the first coin ever struck under the authority of the government of the United States? The answer was revealed just before the commencement of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 1-5 in Denver. David McCarthy, … Continue reading

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ICTA offers map to repeal tax

When North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 434 into law on July 25, that state became the 36th that has either no sales tax at all or complete or partial sales and use tax exemptions on the retail … Continue reading

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Was passed-up set a real rarity?

My first coin purchase took place over 50 years ago at a neighborhood coin shop. The 1907 Indian cent and 1906 Liberty nickel cost all of 25 cents apiece. They were carefully picked from the dealer’s “junk box,” which held … Continue reading

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Short snorter find bears royal sigs

By Mark Hotz For this month, I am going to vary from the normal format of “Notes on National Banks” and bring to you what I think is a very historically interesting piece of paper money that I recently picked … Continue reading

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Coming demise of traveler’s checks

By Neil Shafer In the pursuit of certain types of numismatic items, some social trends are fairly obvious; others not so much. The steady decline in the use of traveler’s checks has been going since the 1990s. Around that time, … Continue reading

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