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East African rarities in Spink sale

In early October, world paper collectors will be spoiled for choice in London-town. Leading the charge are three major sales at Spink. Oct. 3 sees the Ibrahim Salem collection of world notes go on the block. Those who recall the … Continue reading

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Calligraphy celebrated on proofs

Calligraphy is a vital part of Chinese culture. It is traditionally regarded as an art form, referred to as Shufa [way/method/rule of writing]. Many individual characters in use today can be traced back to 4,000 B.C.E. The People’s Bank of … Continue reading

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Notes of scenic Susquehanna towns

By Mark Hotz I had the opportunity recently to make a trip up the Susquehanna River to Selins Grove, Pa. Along the way, I passed several towns that had note-issuing national banks. Many were quite picturesque, so I decided to … Continue reading

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Gold bullion bounces higher but can it last?

Gold is back over $1,200. Silver tried to stay at $15. Metals are off their lows. This summer has been noteworthy for their decline. Gold and silver American Eagle prices had slumped as did their intrinsic values. Most coins have … Continue reading

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Smith joins Stack’s Bowers

Bruce Smith has joined Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the firm’s South California headquarters in Santa Ana. The 20-year veteran in numismatics takes the position of director of client placement and acquisitions. The firm said Smith focuses on developing portfolios of … Continue reading

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Output passes 8 billion

July circulating coin production at the U.S. Mint pushed 2018 output past the 8 billion mark. Philadelphia and Denver together struck 1,403,160,000 coins. In the first seven months, the two production facilities cranked out 8,342,974,000 coins. Normally, the two mints … Continue reading

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ICTA gives awards to three

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets recognized three individuals Aug. 15 for their outstanding work in combatting counterfeiters and those who traffic in counterfeit coins and currency in the United States. Doug Davis, Nicholas L. Tranchitella, and Richard Weaver received … Continue reading

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Quality makes average coins super

The GreatCollections.com Internet auction firm’s Aug. 26 sale has proven that every collector can make a fortune in numismatics. The key is to be aware of changing collector preferences, buy the best, and have time to watch the investment grow. … Continue reading

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NLG names Guth executive director

Ron Guth takes charge of the Numismatic Literary Guild Sept. 1. He succeeds Donn Pearlman, who served as interim executive director since the death of Ed Reiter in August 2017. The NLG board of directors unanimously approved Guth’s appointment. He … Continue reading

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Gold rebounds from lows

From June 14, 2018, when the price of gold closed on the New York COMEX at $1,304 and silver finished at $17.22, their prices fell all the way down to $1,187 and $14.53, respectively, at the COMEX close on Aug. … Continue reading

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