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Round pounds await redemptions

The round pound £1 coin hasn’t been legal tender in the United Kingdom since Oct. 15, 2017. So, why is it still being redeemed at certain locations? When you redeem this now funny money, are you certain you would want … Continue reading

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Rainbow pound sells for $88,070

The recent sale of an Australian “Rainbow Pound” (P-2a) at Noble Numismatics’ August sale in Sydney was a noteworthy event. The lot realized U.S.$88,070 [Australia $121,635], making it the top-priced item in the remarkable Caldwell collection of Australian bank notes. … Continue reading

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Quarters offer a great series

By Mark Benvenuto Quarters have been a mainstay of small change and small cash transactions for so long now that it’s tough to imagine a time when the 25-cent piece was not used and seen just about everywhere. Since the … Continue reading

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New DNW department sells paper

Oct. 2 will see Dix Noonan Webb’s first paper money sale of the company’s new stand-alone bank notes department. To celebrate the occasion, the catalog features a large swathe of rarities from across the globe. For your reporter, one note … Continue reading

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Heritage auction brings $9 million

By any measure, Heritage’s World & Ancient Coins Platinum Night sale at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money on Aug. 17 in Philadelphia was an outstanding success. The 453 lots up for bids scored a total of $9,600,421. … Continue reading

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Spink sees strong bids for Chinese notes

Spink China’s August numismatic sale was the largest the company has held in Hong Kong in terms of volume. Despite some recent turbulence in the market, many high-value lots sold well above pre-sale expectations. These were predominantly historic Chinese items. … Continue reading

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British gold tops at Stack’s Bowers

For collectors of historic British gold, Stack’s Bowers’ ANA Ancients & World Coin sale saw all their birthdays come at once. The top-selling seven world coins were all British. All told 79 lots took in excess of $10,000 apiece. Two … Continue reading

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Coin market joins Malcolm in the middle

The business of coins is difficult to monitor since there are few industry statistics available. The Numismatic Stock Index is one of them. The NSI indicates U.S. coin-related stocks were trading at 67.8 percent of their 52-week high on Sept. … Continue reading

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Modern coins popular in Britain

Can you imagine purchasing a coin from a dealer, then having the dealer contact you to see if you would be willing to sell it back to him for a lot more money soon afterward? Hattons of London is actually … Continue reading

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Arkin wins AINA’s Shekel Prize

The winner of the 2018 Shekel Prize for the best work published in 2017 on the subject of Judaean, Jewish or Holy Land numismatics is Yigal Arkin, for his book “Money Time, 70 Years of Currency in Israel.” The announcement … Continue reading

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