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British erase polymer £5 notes

Britain has been finding considerable entertainment value in its new polymer £5. Not a week goes by without the mainstream media reporting some new exciting aspect of the fiver. Recently, the British people have learned that the color printing on … Continue reading

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Church building gets gold foundation

A new church will be built in Valparaiso, Ind., thanks to a donated 1866 proof gold $20 and the services of Heritage Auctions. The Proof-65 Cameo gold piece graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and stickered by the Certified Acceptance Corporation … Continue reading

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Longtime New Orleans dealer dies

Longtime New Orleans coin dealer James H. “Jimmie” Cohen died March 28 at the age of 91. Mr. Cohen was a third-generation coin dealer and the middle link in a chain of five generations of dealers going back more than … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass quarter debuts

The Frederick Douglass quarter was introduced April 4 at a special ceremony at the abolitionist’s former home in Washington, D.C. Over 300 people attended. After the cermony, $11,000 worth of “P” mintmarked new quarters were exchanged at face value by … Continue reading

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Bullion coin sales soft in March

Sales of silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coins were weak in March, but not quite as weak as the month before. The Mint’s Authorized Purchasers acquired 1,615,000 silver Eagles. This figure is 400,000 higher than the 1,215,000 taken in February. … Continue reading

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1804 dollar sells and sells again

An 1804 silver dollar sold for $3.29 million March 31 as the star offering in Stack’s Bowers D. Brent Pogue Collection Auction in Baltimore. Less than 48 hours later it was sold for an undisclosed higher price by the new … Continue reading

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‘S’ proof Eagle sells out

The Mint’s 2017 one-coin Congratulations Set sold out in a couple of minutes April 4. Buyers were motivated by the surprise inclusion of a 2017-S proof silver American Eagle instead of a 2017-W proof. It is the first San Francisco … Continue reading

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Dollar drops 96 percent

With central banks in France and the Netherlands repatriating U.S. dollars in exchange for gold during the 1960s into the beginning of the next decade, the U.S. government was suffering a run on its gold reserves. To halt this trend, … Continue reading

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Gold $3s were prone to spending at higher value

When the gold $3 piece was released, in 1854, its design was generally praised in the press. The Delaware State Reporter, Dover, wrote in its May 9, 1854, issue: “The new gold piece of three dollars value will be issued … Continue reading

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Sand dollar from Palau

Sand dollars have long fascinated children and tourists on beaches throughout the world. Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust has now replicated these flattened urchins as gold and silver coins struck for the Republic of Palau. Two $1 pieces are currently available:  … Continue reading

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