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Second ’92-D Close AM die pair found

Greg Smith of Minnesota discovered what has been identified by John Wexler as a second die pairing for the 1992-D “Close AM” Lincoln cent. The variety, which was first identified in 2001, is considered rare with total population of 79 … Continue reading

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Washington orders 1792 half disme

For more than 150 years, the question of the 1792 half disme has interested numismatists. In particular, there have been debates about the exact role played by President George Washington in the creation of this particular coin. The recent discovery … Continue reading

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Who will go broke?

My 2015 prediction is coming to pass. It’s going to affect your finances, your cost of living, possibly the value of numismatic items and the prices of gold and silver. Two years ago, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board adopted new … Continue reading

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Do you have the valuable copper small-date?

The rare coins are the 1982-D small date cent made of 95-percent copper and the 1983-D cent also made of copper. The other cents of those two years are common. The first thing to do is check the 1982-D cent … Continue reading

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Odd coins make desirable collection

If you want to collect something really different, try an odd denomination such as two or three-cent pieces, or even the short-lived 20-cent piece. The two-cent piece was the first coin to bear the motto “In God We Trust.” The … Continue reading

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Kansas City is now the new Memphis

By Bill Brandimore Kansas City turned out to be the new Memphis, indeed. Attendance at the International Paper Money Show in Kansas City, Mo., was good. The venue was attractive. And dealers who I talked to were generally pleased with … Continue reading

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$2.9 million at Heritage Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s coin bull market continues apace. Heritage Auctions’ June 22-23 sale realized a total of $2,942,310 of which 76 lots went for over $10,000. Six of these sold for more than $50,000. Top seller was a rare silver pattern … Continue reading

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Canada’s gold Loonie sells out fast

On June 30, 1987, Canadians found a new 11-sided coin jingling in their pockets and purses. The reverse of the new dollar sported Robert-Ralph Carmichael’s Common Loon design, KM-157. The coin was promptly dubbed the “Loonie,” and a Canadian icon … Continue reading

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Deadwood No. 1 $10 among ANA lots

Harking back to the Old West, and the days of Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok, a $10 note described by the cataloger as of the calibre “that [it] would sell itself, with simply a picture…” will be offered by … Continue reading

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Goldbergs sell gold of Ptolemy IV

Mnaieions are among the more desirable ancient gold coins. Their attractiveness is no doubt enhanced when one arrives on the block in Mint State. This occurred at Goldbergs’ Pre-Long Beach June 4-7 sale. The coin had been struck by Ptolemy … Continue reading

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