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First ‘dollar’ of Americas in auction

Heritage Auction’s World and Ancient Coin Platinum Night at the August American Numismatic Association convention will feature “The First Dollar of the Americas,” a hammered Mexico City-minted Carlos and Joanna 8 reales of 1538. It was only in 1947 that … Continue reading

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Information sought on 1914 New Zealand Pay Warrant

by Neil Shafer You are looking at a piece of World War I history. This 10-shilling Pay Warrant was issued on Sept. 21, 1914, shortly after the war had begun in Europe. It was used by the New Zealand Government … Continue reading

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Coin features 3D image of pharoah

The funerary mask of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, who ruled c. 1332-1323 B.C.E., is one of the best known art treasures of the world. Ultra high relief Smartminting technology® has now rendered it as the 3D reverse of a … Continue reading

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Uptick in precious metals drives bargaining

It’s as if we just can’t win. Every time there is a modest uptick in precious metals and subsequently for bullion-related coins, the market once again takes a downturn. The precious metals trading range appears to be expanding in size, … Continue reading

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1792 Half Disme returns to Philly

The finest-known surviving example of the first coins made for circulation by the young United States Mint in 1792 will return to Philadelphia for a “homecoming” display Aug. 14-18 at the 2018 World’s Fair of Money. The small silver coin … Continue reading

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Rare 1992-D error cent found in tray

Michigan collector and cherry picker John Anderson reports finding a 1992-D Close AM circulation strike Lincoln cent that could be worth thousands of dollars! Amazingly, he found it in a “leave a penny, take a penny” container in a local … Continue reading

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Calderman awarded ‘Most Inspirational’

The International Paper Money Show held in Kansas City, Mo., June 7-10 welcomed dealers and collectors from across the country and some international countries. Among the usual educational forums, top-tier exhibits and award presentations was the Bank Note Reporter Most … Continue reading

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Dahlonega mint offers storied history

If present-day collectors see a coin with the mintmark D, they automatically assume that it was struck at Denver. This was not always true, because before 1862, this mintmark meant something quite different. Dahlonega, in northern Georgia, began striking gold … Continue reading

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Scarce feather money on offer

Among the most intriguing lots in Heritage Auctions’ Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature Auction June 26 will be a rare piece of feather money from the Southwest Pacific. Solomon Islands Feather Money, Tevau, Santa Cruz, is … Continue reading

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Encourage hands-on activities for youth

By the time you read this, I will have again finished co-teaching a class titled “Collecting Coins For Fun & Profit” as part of 4-H Exploration Days on the Michigan State University campus near where I work. My co-teacher will … Continue reading

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