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ICTA gets Louisiana tax win

Thanks to the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and the Louisiana Professional Coin Dealers Association, a sales tax exemption returns to the state. As of Oct. 1, 2017, precious-metals bullion sales will not be subject to the state sales tax … Continue reading

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‘Bank Note Reporter’ Reader’s Showcase

By Peter Huntoon Frequent contributor Bob Liddell provided five consecutive notes from a spectacular run of mismatched serials that was found in the $1 Series of 2001 New York BB block. The problem involves the right serial numbers which are … Continue reading

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Central America certs among lots

Collectors of the historic currency of Central America may wish to check out the late August-early September sale of Archives International Auctions. On offer will be four specimens of circulating “Certificates of Deposit” of the “Panama Banking Company” c. 1908. … Continue reading

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Finland withdraws tasteless coins

Finland was about to issue, then quickly withdrew, a series of commemorative 5-euro coins meant to celebrate the centennial of Finnish independence. The coins got as far as to be viewable on Instagram; however, when the public recoiled in horror … Continue reading

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McCabe’s treatise a must have

By Peter Huntoon The book Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing by Bob McCabe is destined to be the best numismatic publication of the year. It carries a copyright date of … Continue reading

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Summer slowdown keeps lid on transactions

It’s arrived. Welcome to the summer slowdown. Or perhaps it is better to say the unwelcome summer slowdown for those in the coin business. During June, July and August prior to the American Numismatic Association convention, the market for coins … Continue reading

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Krugerrand: Right idea at right time

The guest of honor at the 2017 World Money Fair in Berlin in February was the South African Mint along with Rand Refinery. The distinction was bestowed by the fair organizers to mark the golden anniversary of South Africa’s best … Continue reading

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Gold leads rarities sold in Baltimore

An 1881 gold $20 highlighted Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June Baltimore auction. The buyer took it home for $88,125. It was graded AU-58 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. Mintage is just 2,199 but Q. David Bowers estimates that no more … Continue reading

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Adkins elected ANA president

Election winner Gary Adkins will serve the American Numismatic Association as its president 2017-2019. Results were released by the ANA July 5 after approximately one month of voting. When he is sworn in Aug. 4, it will be an orderly … Continue reading

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Firms win auction rights

Three auction firms have been awarded rights to conduct official auctions for American Numismatic Association conventions. In 2018 and 2019, Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries each will conduct sales at the summertime World’s Fair of Money. In the years … Continue reading

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