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Fed can’t reach ‘normal’

At the conclusion of their latest meeting Sept. 20, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) added an extra sentence toward the end of their statement. It said, “In October, the Committee will initiate the balance sheet normalization program described in … Continue reading

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Green titanium coin from Fiji

Fiji has just announced the striking of its first colored titanium coin, courtesy Pobjoy Mint. The green 36.10 mm, 10.00 g $1 features a pair of the country’s national bird on the reverse: Collared Lories. Mintage is 7,500. The same … Continue reading

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Pricing at ANA auction proves steady

By Bill Brandimore Like many of you, I received a recent email from Heritage Auctions indicating that it was raising buyer’s commissions for numismatic auctions to 20 percent. This was being done to stay competitive. I called Allen Mincho, director … Continue reading

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Celtic gold highlights Australian sale

The Noble Numismatics July 25-28 sale in Sydney included 112 lots of choice Ancient British coins. They were the property of a Queenslander who had formed the collection with considerable prudence over many years. The lots ranged from early Gallo-Belgic … Continue reading

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BEP offers its help for hurricane victims

I can’t imagine being in a hurricane. I get worried when winds are in the 40 to 50 mph range. My prayers to those impacted by the recent storms. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has offered help for those … Continue reading

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Kangaroos lead 2018 Perth designs

On Sept. 1, Australia’s Perth Mint announced the designs and denominations of its Australian Bullion Coin Program for 2018. Each year, the Mint’s bullion coins feature different designs of the country’s Kangaroo (gold and silver), Kookaburra (silver), and Koala (silver). … Continue reading

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Zanzibar note tops recent Long Beach sale

For Heritage Auctions, its Long Beach World Currency Signature sale proved a major success. The total realized by the 1,500+ lots was $1,262,724. Nine of those lots fetched in excess of $10,000. Central to the sale—and these prices—were the 136 … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands honor explorer

The firm MDM Münzhandelsgesellschaft mbH has produced numerous spectacular and innovative coins over recent years. They may have surpassed themselves with one .9999 fine gold $200 and one .999 fine silver $25 struck for the Solomon Islands. Both pay tribute … Continue reading

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Price differences narrow between circulated, Mint State coins

The prices of gold, silver and platinum are nose-diving. Silver had only days earlier been flirting with $18 an ounce. It is now down about 85 cents. Platinum is down nearly $70 from its recent high. Gold is at the … Continue reading

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Gold dazzles at Heritage auction

For world coin collectors, the place to be on Aug. 3 was Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night sale. It provided a spectacular opening to this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held at Denver. When the dust settled at … Continue reading

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