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Printing blocks tied to colonial currency

The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, reports that three rare 18th-century type-metal blocks on deposit with it have been identified as the instruments used to print colonial currency in Delaware and elsewhere. “Furthermore, the blocks … Continue reading

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Islamic coins realize $708,941 in Spink sale

On Dec. 2 a major collection of over 1,200 Islamic coins went under the hammer at Spink London. The Islamic collection was particularly comprehensive with issues ranging from those showing early Byzantine influences to examples from the late 20th Century. … Continue reading

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Rare pattern coins on sale

Two major numismatic rarities will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in the firm’s Feb. 11 London auction. Top billing goes to a newly discovered Australian George V 1921 pattern or specimen shilling with a five-pointed star above the date, … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year book honors three decades of awards

A new book chronicling more than three decades of Coin of the Year Award winning coins will be released in June by Krause Publications. “Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship” by … Continue reading

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Hurdles for Indian Head gold sets

Indian Head gold coins: hard to grade, even harder to find key dates. This could be the motto of the famous quarter eagle ($2.50) and half eagle ($5) gold coinage series. Fred Dashevsky of SDL Numismatics, Hilton Head, S.C., said … Continue reading

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CFA panel picks gold designs

Two images of a modern Liberty will be sent to the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew for consideration as the obverse of a 2015 24-karat High Relief $75 gold coin. The Commission of Fine Arts liked both a design of … Continue reading

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1934 $5,000 FRN leads FUN auction

A 1934 $5,000 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2221-K, took the banner price in Heritage Auctions’ Currency Signature Auction Platinum Night sale, Jan. 7, in Orlando, Fla. Graded PCGS Very Choice New 64PPQ, the note sold for $223,250 in the firm’s … Continue reading

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New tactic used to combat fake bars

A creative new tactic is being used to help alert the public to the risk of counterfeit and altered Engelhard bars being offered for sale in eBay online auctions and online stores. Seven months ago, I wrote (http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=27777) about a … Continue reading

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Gold aureus sells for $131,040 at DNW sale

Publius Licinius Cornelius Saloninus Valerianus topped the bill at Dix Noonan Webb’s early December coin sale in London. It was a gold aureus struck during the brief period when Saloninus was Caesar that proved the star of the show. In … Continue reading

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Another Roosevelt dime with doubled lips discovered

A 1953-S dime with nice hub doubling of Roosevelt’s lips has been reported by Calvin Goddard of California. Goddard found this coin in his collection after reading the Jan. 6 Numismatic News story about the find of a 1964-D doubled … Continue reading

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