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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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ANA presents Literary Awards to authors of magazine articles

The ANA’s 2014 Literary Awards recognizing articles published in the 2013 volume of the ANA’s official magazine, The Numismatist, were presented Aug. 7 at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. Introduced in 1949, the Heath Literary … Continue reading

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Blue Ridge convention hosts 350 tables

A number of special events highlighted the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association 55th Annual Convention held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Ga., Aug. 15-17. BRNA President Grant Campbell, other officers and governors provided many special events, … Continue reading

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Australia issues final Southern Sky coin

The third and final coin in the Royal Australian Mint’s award winning Southern Sky series was released on Aug. 4. It features one of the brightest and most recognizable of the constellations of the night sky: Orion The Hunter. As … Continue reading

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Rare plate letter on Boston note

By Peter Huntoon There were only two banks in the entire country for which Series of 1882 plates were made that carried a letter Z plate position letter. They were The National Shawmet Bank of Boston, charter 5155, and The … Continue reading

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Gold bond new investor option

Two weeks ago, Rand Merchant Bank, a subsidiary of FirstRand Bank, Ltd., South Africa’s second largest bank, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange a new five-year security called FirstRand Gold Bond. This issue is limited to 2 billion rand (about … Continue reading

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