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Prince Philip retirement coins struck

On May 4 this year, 96-year-old Prince Philip announced he would be retiring from royal duties as of August. To celebrate his almost 80-year contribution to Britain’s public life, the country’s Royal Mint will issue a series of £5 coins … Continue reading

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Precious metals push coin prices ahead

Gold neared a one-year high as this commentary was being written. The gold and silver American Eagle bullion coin prices are appreciating as a direct result. Popularly collected common date, common condition 19th and 20th century gold and silver composition … Continue reading

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Exhibitors win awards at ANA show

The American Numismatic Association presented 49 competitive exhibit awards at the 2017 World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colo., an ANA press release has announced. Winners were recognized at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug. 4, and at … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: A lesson in naming national banks

By Peter Huntoon This attractive trio submitted by Bob Liddell offers a quick lesson in the naming of national banks. “The First National Bank of Meadville” (top note) was chartered in 1863 and failed in 1880. Charter 4938 was granted … Continue reading

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Unicorn latest beast coin

Britain’s Royal Mint has released its latest Queen’s Beast: the Unicorn of Scotland. As with the four earlier coins in this series, the legendary cloven-hoofed horse with a horn is available as gold and silver proofs as well as a … Continue reading

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Quarter arrives officially on Ellis Island

A ceremony marking the introduction of the Ellis Island quarter was held Aug. 30. The event was attended by 350 persons, including 30 children, who took the ferry to what was once the island gateway for immigrants to America. The … Continue reading

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Jackson might get reprieve on $20

The decision to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 with Harriet Tubman might be reversed. At least that is the interpretation being given to recent remarks by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by supporters of Tubman. They have begun an … Continue reading

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Changing currencies adds business

Ever since my company opened in 1971, it has dealt in buying and selling foreign currency exchange. For decades, the approach was to purchase it below the exchange rate. Then, if any customer wanted it, they could buy it right … Continue reading

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New gold ducats

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first minting of the Dutch gold ducat in its current design. To commemorate the occasion, Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt [Royal Dutch Mint] has struck bicentennial proof editions of both the single ducat and … Continue reading

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‘Britannia’ removed due to trademark

In June, the Pobjoy Mint released details of a .999 fine silver crown struck to mark the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the Falklands Islands from Argentine occupation. The reverse design featured Britannia complete with helm, trident, and rolling … Continue reading

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