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Will Uncle Sam get your IRA?

I have written a number of times that I expect the U.S. government will eventually take or somehow get control of all assets in private retirement accounts, including precious metals individual retirement accounts. The basic reason for this expectation is … Continue reading

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Kurdistan militants seek own currency

By Richard Giedroyc First it was ISIS, the terrorist group determined to re-establish a medieval-style caliphate in what is now Syria and Iraq, that announced it was going to issue its own money. Now the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) … Continue reading

An image supposed to be that of the PKK's currency.
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Will collectors boldly buy ‘Star Trek’ coins?

On Feb. 16 The Perth Mint will release both the U.S.S. Enterprise and Captain James T. Kirk imaged in silver. It is 49 years since Gene Roddenberry launched the Star Trek series and it is still running hot. The two, … Continue reading

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Coinage of Roman Republic Online aids numismatic research

The American Numismatic Society, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, has launched another major tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. Coinage … Continue reading

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Collectors flock to San Jose show

The northern California collector base helped business boom on the bourse floor of the 47th Annual San Jose Coin & Collectibles Show at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose Jan. 23-25. Attendance topped the 750 mark. “We had a … Continue reading

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Bell lines make big difference for Franklins

You know those little lines across the Liberty Bell on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar? Those can mean the difference between a Franklin half being worth a couple hundred dollars or a couple thousand. Lee Crane, owner of … Continue reading

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Steve Ellsworth to run for ANA board seat

Early coppers dealer and retired Army colonel Steven Ellsworth has announced his candidacy for a seat on the American Numismatic Association board of governors in the summer election. “I would like to assist in the development of charitable program that … Continue reading

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Homestead quarter introduced at ceremony

More than 2,500 people attended  the Homestead National Monument of America quarter launch held Feb. 10 in Beatrice, Neb., reports Nebraska collector Mitch Ernst, who attended the event for the first 2015 quarter. The Homestead quarter design, a wooden cabin … Continue reading

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Italian counterfeiters linked to mafia

By Richard Giedroyc Police in Carabinieri, Italy, arrested 56 people in the Naples metropolitan region in early December 2014, charging them with counterfeiting coins and primarily bank notes. Officials acknowledged that those being arrested were suspected of being members of … Continue reading

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Liberty design soars with CCAC

Perfection. That’s what the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee sees in its design selections for a 2015 high relief gold coin and companion silver medal. The CCAC made unanimous choices. For the obverse, Liberty standing, crowned with leaves and holding the … Continue reading

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