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‘Jefferson Head’ rarity

On rare occasion one sees a 1795 “Jefferson” cent offered for sale and, in fact, the head of Liberty on the coin does look like Thomas Jefferson. It is not that president, however, and the background of this piece is … Continue reading

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Collectible classics: Early commems offer value

by Mark Benvenuto One of the amazing aspects of our hobby is that it is large and varied enough that every now and again a series that was once hot has cooled off, and thus deserves a second look. Those … Continue reading

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British pocket change worth collecting

Collectors in the United States often complain there is nothing worth collecting in our pocket change. Not so, if you happen to be in Great Britain! Some so-called small change is bringing big money in merry old England. The coins … Continue reading

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Coins vie for COTY honors

Australia and Canada have the most nominations in the annual Coin of the Year Award competition. The first round of voting by an international panel of judges must work through a list of 10 categories in which 98 nominated coins … Continue reading

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Knox-signed New Ulm note found

By R. Shawn Hewitt For me, Christmas has arrived early this year. In late October, I acquired a very special Minnesota obsolete bank note—one that was fabled and virtually foretold by prophecy. It is a $1 note from the Central … Continue reading

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Silver denarius in New York sale

A most desirable denarius of that ultimate backstabber, Marcus Junius Brutus, will feature in Stack’s Bowers’ New York International Numismatic Convention Auction in January. The coin is a stunning piece of history struck during the last campaign conducted by the … Continue reading

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Interest-bearing rarity highlights AIA auction

More than 1,100 lots will be on offer in Archives International Auctions’ December sale. The first session held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, will comprise near 600 lots of U.S. bank notes, scripophily and security printing ephemera. The second on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Gold coins now hitting melting pot

It has been common practice for years for coin dealers to melt common date U.S. and foreign silver coins for their intrinsic value rather than offer them to retail clients. U.S. dealers are now considering melting more common date gold … Continue reading

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Palau strikes skull coins

Two skull-shaped coins have been issued by Palau. The media release from Lichtenstein defends the design: “The latest creation by Coin Invest Trust for the island nation Palau really is a gift to impress the grandchildren. After all, the skull … Continue reading

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Valuable cent found by 8-year-old in change

A mother of a rather excited 8-year-old budding collector brought his prize cent to me recently. I anticipated it would be common. What she brought was an Extremely Fine 1969-S doubled-die Lincoln cent, which he had picked from her change. … Continue reading

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