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Robbing the Denver Mint a key part of TV Western plot

Having watched a lot of TV Westerns as a kid, I’m partial to them. One of my favorites was “Maverick,” starring James Garner as Bret Maverick, a loveable gambler whose exploits, along with his brother Bart, played by Jack Kelly, … Continue reading

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Queen unites Scandinavia – sort of

By Bob Reis We were talking about Albert of Mecklenburg, a German interloper who was recruited by a faction in Sweden to be a puppet king, ruled perhaps somewhat injudiciously, his incompetence setting in motion other political activities by the … Continue reading

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Know the makers of first U.S. coins?

By William Eckberg We think of our coins as having been produced by a faceless entity called The Mint. What many of us do not realize is that a mint is a factory producing a product: coin of the realm. … Continue reading

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Coin Finds: Roll finds

Based on the long-running “Coin Finds” column in Coins magazine, which will continue to appear in print, this online version will give additional exposure to the thrill of the hunt. Submit your own discoveries via email to Coins magazine editor … Continue reading

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Tracking bank titles in Pittsburgh a headache

By Peter Huntoon Tracking bank titles in Pittsburgh gives everyone a headache. Prepare for yours. I’ll strip this down to its essence. The Second National Bank of Pittsburgh (252) was chartered in 1864. It and The First National Bank of … Continue reading

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Sun and planets in Australian set

At the beginning of November, the Royal Australian Mint launched a series of 10 coins celebrating our solar system. The coins range in denomination from cent to $5 and come presented in a pop-up book that contains information about the … Continue reading

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Two more wars mean more inscribed notes

By Mark Hotz It appears most of you have enjoyed the past several articles on inscribed currency from my personal collection. The first few have dealt with Civil War-inscribed currency. This month, we will move forward in history, covering the … Continue reading

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Weak silver put in shade by strong Bitcoin

Bitcoin is all the rage. Buyers have taken it to $11,000. Gold is steady, while silver has sagged below $17. With this as background, it is perhaps no surprise that sales of silver American Eagles are weak compared to prior … Continue reading

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Half dollars grab the spotlight

Half dollars were the stars of October monthly coin production at the U.S. Mint. Denver cranked out another 1.1 million of them. Collectors must be eating them up this year. The Mint sells them by the roll and bag. Does … Continue reading

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U.K.’s round pound demonetized?

The United Kingdom has a new £1coin. The “round pound” or “Maggie” has been demonetized – or has it? Officially, Oct. 15 was the last day on which the coin, first introduced in 1983, was to be accepted as legal … Continue reading

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