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Silver profits in water

The antibacterial properties of silver were known 2,000 years ago. Back in the days of the Roman Empire, people knew enough to throw silver coins into water cisterns as a low tech way to kill germs – despite not yet … Continue reading

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Silver, gold prices on the rise

Silver has been rocket powered since June 1, going from $15.90 a troy ounce to $20.13 by July 12, a gain of almost 27 percent in six weeks. Gold was merely strong, forging ahead from $1,212 to $1,334.10 a troy … Continue reading

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Vivid series 1934 $20, $100 notes never issued

By Peter Huntoon June 14, 1934 The Honorable Secretary of the Treasury (Henry Morganthau Jr.) My Dear Mr. Secretary: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the act approved May 12, 1933, as amended by the Gold Reserve Act … Continue reading

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Shipwreck yields ancient coin bounty

By Richard Giedroyc They may not be gold doubloons and pieces of eight, but the ancient Roman coins recently recovered from the wreck of a Roman ship off the coast of Israel are of great value to archaeologists. The coins … Continue reading

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Can Ireland really do without cash?

Can Ireland’s central bank force a cashless payment system on Ireland’s citizens? The word “force” is appropriate since statistics indicate cash withdrawals from Automated Teller Machines is 66 percent higher in Ireland than is the average for the European Union … Continue reading

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Silver $20 on way to $100

In intraday trading on the Shanghai Gold Exchange on Monday, July 4, the spot price of silver reached $21.13 per ounce, up about 53 percent since the end of 2015. In the June 1, 2016, issue of my  “Liberty’s Outlook,” … Continue reading

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Silver dollar for Lions in 2017

Helen Keller’s “Knights of the Blind” will be honored in 2017 with the 100th anniversary Lions Clubs International commemorative silver dollar. The coin’s obverse and reverse designs were unveiled June 28 at its annual convention in Fukuoka, Japan. Mintage will … Continue reading

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Platinum sellout surprises

The 2016-W $100 platinum proof Eagle’s quick sellout on June 30 came as a shock to some collectors. The mintage of 10,000 coins was gone in 56 minutes. Why is that a surprise? Past releases with lower sales totals have … Continue reading

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A look back on Chet Krause

Chet Krause’s contributions to numismatics, as well as a large number of other hobbies, will always be remembered. Here’s a look back on his life:

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Royal Dutch Mint to be sold

By Richard Giedroyc Your mother likely told you she hoped you’d make your own money some day. Well, this may be your big opportunity – if you’d like to own a mint! Following a string of problems that have cost … Continue reading

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