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May looks promising for Eagle

Sales of silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coins picked up in the opening days of May. Some 980,000 coins have been sold. This compares to 835,000 sold in the entire month of April and 1,615,000 in the month of March. … Continue reading

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Silver dollar book on sale

Twenty-five years after the first one, the 2017 edition of the Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia® has been published by John W. Highfill. The veteran Oklahoma silver dollar dealer, National Silver Dollar Convention founder and author has created a two-volme … Continue reading

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Rare 1794 dollar in Stack’s Bowers sale

One of the finest known 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollars has been consigned to Stack’s Bowers for the firm’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Auction in early August in Denver. The coin was once a part of the … Continue reading

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Two 1943 copper cents graded by NGC

Imagine being a Philadelphia Mint employee during World War II and walking away with two 1943 cents struck in bronze rather than the standard steel, as well as two other wrong-planchet errors? Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified a group of … Continue reading

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Premiums up as metals drop

From Friday, April 28, to Friday, May 5, the COMEX closing gold and silver prices fell 3.3 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively. Normally when you have such a dramatic price decline, that should indicate a significant increase in supplies or … Continue reading

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‘Coins’ issue makes brief appearance in major film

Thanks to sharp-eyed Coins reader Matthew Joy for noticing Coins magazine in “The Infiltrator.” The movie, released in 2016, tells the true story of Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs official who went undercover as Bob Musella in an effort to … Continue reading

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$2,000 donation to aid NCIC

The Professional Currency Dealers Association, which recently held its National Currency and Coin Convention in Rosemont, Ill., presented the Numismatic Crime Information Center with a check for $2,000. The funds will assist the NCIC in its efforts to educate the … Continue reading

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Coin values smacked by gold and silver drop

Gold- and silver-impacted coins are getting smacked . The spot price of each of these two metals once more is heading for the bottom of what is proving to be their recent trading ranges. This yo-yo cycle of price gyrations, … Continue reading

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Transylvania graveyard yields coins

Not everything in Transylvania goes bump in the night. And, while there might be some trepidation of encountering a vampire if you are an archaeologist searching through Transylvanian graveyards, there is the expectation that you may instead find important artifacts, … Continue reading

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Dust Bowl legacy in Dalhart, Texas

By Mark Hotz Back in 2013, I watched the Ken Burns documentary, “The Dust Bowl,” on our local PBS station, WMPT. As a historian, I knew about the Dust Bowl and the disaster it caused on the American prairie, but … Continue reading

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