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British Virgin Islands decry ‘fakes’

The Government of the British Virgin Islands has issued a warning to the public in general and coin collectors in particular that some BVI coins being offered for sale are in fact not authorized by the government, nor are they … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (November 29, 2016)

Inaccurate musket depicted on Cumberland Gap quarter As the author of over 30 books on muzzle-loading firearms, many of which were published by academic presses, I can tell with absolute certainty: there were no muzzle-loading muskets made left-handed. There a … Continue reading

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Guidelines for documenting ancient coins proposed

The United Kingdom has the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Collectors and coin dealers in the United States are seeking common ground for collectible coins with the U.S. government and archaeologists through several organizations including the Ancient Coin … Continue reading

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Banshee on Canadian 25 cents

The third and final coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s “Haunted Canada Series” has been released. The 35 mm, plated steel 25 cents celebrates the legendary Ghost of Bell Island. Mintage is 20,000. The Bell Island banshee is shown in … Continue reading

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New names on notes

New signatures are on the way for the paper money of the United States. When President Donald Trump takes the oath of office Jan. 20, 2017, he will bring with him a new Treasury secretary. One of the duties of … Continue reading

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GSA sales make 1885-CC unusual $1

Sometimes truly remarkable things happen to a coin and that is the case with the 1885-CC Morgan silver dollar. This makes it one of the most interesting dollars in the series. That is no small accomplishment. Morgan dollars have many … Continue reading

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Silver advances boost demand

Silver has a number of properties that can make it useful in a wide variety of industrial applications. More than 50 years ago, the use of silver to strike coins was a major industrial use of the metal. Before the … Continue reading

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Veterans remembered with coin

Since 2012 Alderney has issued a £5 Remembrance Day coin marking the end of World War I on Nov. 11. Each has featured the poppy of Flanders’ Fields that has become a widely recognized symbol of remembrance of the many … Continue reading

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New Mint director after six years?

There might be a new Mint director in office in 2017. Technically it has been vacant since Edmund C. Moy left office in 2011. The Mint director’s position is one of roughly 4,000 in the executive branch to be appointed … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver bullion Eagle coins get the blahs

The election is over. Is demand for bullion coins over, too? November sales numbers have not had a strong start, particularly for silver bullion American Eagles. What’s with just 370,000 so far in November? But then looking at the total … Continue reading

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