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Seated Liberty coinage offers challenge, excitement

One of the most prolific U.S. silver coin designs is the Seated Liberty. It appeared on six denominations between 1836 and 1891. The obverse, with variations over time, was used on half dimes (1837-1873), dimes (1837-1891), 20-cent pieces (1875-1878), quarters … Continue reading

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Silver dollar plugged twice

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and will be offered Aug. 10 by Heritage Auctions on Aug. 10, 2016. It will be offered for sale during Heritage’s … Continue reading

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Compare prices when buying silver

As you probably know, dealers don’t quote the same prices for identical merchandise. It takes time and effort to check prices from multiple sellers. If you are checking on items selling for bullion-related prices, how do you know if you … Continue reading

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Education, patience keys to getting top dollar

By James Evans Over a lifetime of collecting coins, I had accumulated quite a bit of stuff. Most of it was circulated, almost all of it raw coins, almost none of it exceptional in quality or rarity. Still, the sum … Continue reading

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Opposing views over coin imports

By Richard Giedroyc Possible changes regarding restrictions on the importation of certain coins into the United States were discussed during a May 24 open session held by the U.S. State Department Cultural Property Advisory Committee regarding the renewal of existing … Continue reading

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Counterfeit coins becoming problem

By Richard Giedroyc The good news is that fewer counterfeit euro coins were detected in 2015 than during the previous year. The bad news is that the European Union stands alone. There are plenty of other countries where counterfeit coins … Continue reading

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Fiji rarity snagged off eBay listing

By Kerry Rodgers eBay is full of surprises. A patient and regular winnowing of the dross can yield the occasional gleam of pure gold. A choice nugget emerged in March when a Spanish vendor offered a Fiji Banking and Commercial … Continue reading

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Original Series $100 discovered

A recently discovered Original Series $100 National Bank Note from the Salem National Banking Co. of Salem, N.J., charter 1326, will crosses the block at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money this … Continue reading

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Tips for buying gold, silver

Gold and silver is back in the news. Your dentist, barber, or co-worker might be talking about precious metals now when it was all sports talk before. Ryan Denby, CEO of Austin Rare Coins and Bullion, Austin, Texas, said his … Continue reading

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Silver profits in water

The antibacterial properties of silver were known 2,000 years ago. Back in the days of the Roman Empire, people knew enough to throw silver coins into water cisterns as a low tech way to kill germs – despite not yet … Continue reading

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