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Gold dollars offer history, challenge

Don’t let the gold dollar coin’s small size fool you. There’s a big appeal to owning a historical and low mintage denomination. Gold dollars were minted from 1849 to 1889. Three different designs were used over that period, all made … Continue reading

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Silver weight matters

As the prices of precious metals escalate, the accuracy of weight and purity can make a difference. For example, an exact-weight 1,000 troy ounce silver bar of .999 purity can have as much as one ounce of other components. In … Continue reading

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Q&A with Thomas Michael on world coin values

For the past three decades, market analyst Thomas Michael has served as director of world coin values for all of Krause Publications’ world coin catalogs. With new editions of The Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, and The Standard Catalog … Continue reading

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Higgins Museum National Bank Note seminar set

The speakers program for the 2016 Higgins Museum National Bank Note Seminar has been finalized, with Wendell Wolka, Lee Lofthus, Mark Hotz, and Peter Huntoon engaged as the featured presenters at the July 28 event. Also appearing will be a … Continue reading

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IBNS names 2015 Bank Note of the Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has been feted with prestigious Bank Note of the Year Award from the International Bank Note Society. It received the award for best 2015 note for New Zealand’s $5 polymer note. According to the … Continue reading

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North Korean counterfeits return

North Korea is back to doing one of the few things it does best – counterfeiting the money of other countries. In this case, however, it is the bank notes of its closest ally, China, that are being counterfeited. The … Continue reading

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South Korea doesn’t like its cash

By Richard Giedroyc Coins appear to be on their way out in South Korea. According to Hawaii Public Radio HPR2 “Today’s Asia Minute” reporter Bill Dorman, the Bank of Korea is reducing annual coin mintages, with the intention of entirely … Continue reading

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2016 Coin and Currency Set arrives June 16

Has the Mint learned how to market the annual coin and currency sets? Collectors will know when the third release arrives June 16. The 2016 Native American Dollar Coin and Currency Set will include an enhanced uncirculated 2016-S Native American … Continue reading

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Find best coin buys by formula

What are today’s best values in numismatics in terms of future appreciation prospects? On the other side, which numismatic items seem to be overvalued now and, therefore, have the poorest potential future gains, or even the possibility of price declines? … Continue reading

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$100 rarity tops Knight’s Memphis

Described as the “prize of any collection,” an 1863 “Spread Eagle” $100 Legal Tender Note leads the offerings in Lyn Knight Currency Auctions’ upcoming sale in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Memphis International Paper Money Show. The rarity, one of … Continue reading

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