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Feds asked to look into fakes

Just how bad is the counterfeiting problem in the U.S. coin and bullion industry? We just don’t know. That is part of our current problem. We know it is bad enough that the Industry Council for Tangible Assets created a … Continue reading

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CCAC signs off on Dole medal design

In a brief meeting called Oct. 25, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee discussed and approved a final design for the Robert “Bob” Dole Congressional Gold Medal. Dole, 94, who served as a Kansas Senator for 27 years, is a former … Continue reading

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Should U.S. Mint be privatized?

Last week, I lamented that, at this year’s U.S. Mint Numismatic Forum on Oct. 17, Mint personnel devoted most of the time to explaining their current operations and near-term future plans. As a consequence, they didn’t really reach out to … Continue reading

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Prices of circulation strikes follow metals

A coin dealer with whom I spoke at a recent local bourse pointed out most circulation strike gold and silver coins, regardless of the time period in which they were issued, are closely following the spot price of their metal … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Lowest star serial number for 1928B Silver Certificate

By Peter Huntoon Bank Note Reporter reader Bill Russell sent a scan of his $1 Silver Certificate 1928B with serial *26879136A, which is now the lowest star serial number recorded for the 1928B series. His beautiful note is 217,807 lower … Continue reading

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Gadoury sale features rare gold

Collectors of world gold will likely want to get their hands on the latest catalog from the Monaco auction house of Éditions V. Gadoury. While 1,384 gold lots will dominate the Dec. 2 Prestige Sale, other coins will also be … Continue reading

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Newly discovered 1934 FRN tops offerings

A newly discovered Dallas 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note is sure to star in the Nov. 9 sale by Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The Fr. 2221-K, in PCGS Very Fine 35, is expected to bring between $70,000 and $90,000 as part … Continue reading

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Heritage Auctions nabs $5.4 million

World coins are hot, no more so than in the demand for high-grade rarities. This was ably demonstrated in the results of Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 7-12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature sale. The total realized by the 3,820 lots … Continue reading

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Long ‘s’ used on several notes

By Peter Huntoon Reader Nick Bruyer brought the fact that he had acquired an ace on which a long “s” was used in the abbreviation for Massachusetts from The Shelburne Falls National Bank, charter 1144. The long s “ſ” — … Continue reading

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Gold Liberty tenth-ounce coming

A gold one-tenth ounce American Liberty proof will be put on sale by the U.S. Mint on Feb. 18, 2018. The year 2017 saw the issuance of the American Liberty as a gold $100 and a one-ounce silver medal. The … Continue reading

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