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Fit gold to your needs

While old hands at physical precious metals might take it for granted, I have found a significant information gap for would-be buyers. Once they have done their own homework and decided that they should own some bullion-priced physical gold and … Continue reading

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Dealers can’t find enough material

Collectors and dealers often move in their own separate universes. Collectors collect. Sometimes they speculate. Some invest. Coin dealers are interested in the commercial aspects of coins. Turnover is key. If a coin cannot be sold for a profit, dealers … Continue reading

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Interest-bearing $100 leads

As reported in a previous issue, Archives International Auctions’ Dec. 6 sale included a choice U.S. rarity: a blank form for a U.S. Treasury interest-bearing $100 bill dated 183-. It was the last available of a sheet of three discovered … Continue reading

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Coin marks Shackleton rescue

One hundred years ago one of the greatest survival stories in exploration concluded with the rescue of the remaining members of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have marked the centenary by striking … Continue reading

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Proof of the Month

By Peter Huntoon You might wonder why I am illustrating a note from a prominent bank in Eau Claire, Wis., from which plenty of notes are reported. The charm of this proof is that it is from the 50-100 1902 … Continue reading

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Mint’s coin production drops in 2016

United States Mint circulating coin output fell to the lowest monthly total of the year 2016 in the month of December. Only 696.8 million coins came off the presses at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. This weak performance left the … Continue reading

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BEP to attend Denver show

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has announced its intention to participate in this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. The show is slated for Aug. 1-5 at Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “The BEP participates at trade … Continue reading

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Treasures abound in AIA sale

More than 1,400 lots of world bank notes, scripophily (stock and bond certificates), coins and security printing ephemera will be sold at a two-session public auction Feb. 7-8 in the offices of Archives International Auctions at 1580 Lemoine Avenue (Suite … Continue reading

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World coins mark lunar Year of Rooster

On solar date Jan. 28, 2017, the lunar Year of the Rooster dawned. Specifically, it is a Ding You or Fire Rooster year. In continuous reckoning, it is Year 4714. By the middle of last year, the world’s largest numismatic … Continue reading

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Binion rarity leads FUN auction

An ex-Binion’s Hoard New York $10,000 1934 Federal Reserve Note, Fr. 2231-B, was the star of Heritage Auctions’ Signature Currency Auction, Jan. 6, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The rarity, graded PCGS Gem New 65, sold for $158,625 as part of … Continue reading

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