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2015 First Spouse designs finalized

The United States Mint has announced the new designs for the 2015 First Spouse gold coins. The four honorees this year are Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson. The Bess Truman First Spouse gold coin reverse … Continue reading

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CCAC picks Twain, Reagan designs

Designs for coins that will honor Ronald Reagan, the United States’ 40th president, and Mark Twain, a novelist and humorist, were recommended when the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met March 5 in Portland, Ore. Reagan’s portrait will appear on the … Continue reading

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CPMX beats weather, dealers report strong sales

Weather-related travel delays impacted dealer attendance at this year’s Chicago Paper Money Expo, March 5-8, in Rosemont, Ill., but they didn’t dampen the spirits of most who attended the popular paper money outing. Now in its 21st year, the 2015 … Continue reading

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London changes gold rules

There are two significant fresh developments to cover, one affecting the precious metals markets this coming Friday and the other announced over this past weekend that will potentially impact numismatic and precious metals transactions. First, on March 20 the London … Continue reading

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March gold Eagle sales beat February’s

In terms of total ounces sold, gold American Eagle sales as of March 10 outsold February’s total by 1,000 ounces. Authorized Purchasers also ordered 1,373,500 silver American Eagles in the same time, though far from the 3,022,000 purchased in February. … Continue reading

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2015 coin production starts strong

For the Chinese it is the Year of the Sheep (Goat), but for the U.S. Mint, it might be called the year of the quarter. Production numbers are ramping up from last year. During the first two months of 2015, … Continue reading

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Good money spent on poor coins

Poor-1 (PO-1) is the lowest grade a coin can be, where the coin is little more than a metal disk. So why are collectors going after these badly worn coins? Greg Allen, owner of Greg Allen Coins, St. Paul, Minn., … Continue reading

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Gold medal highlights Stack’s Bowers sale

A rare gold medal will be among the highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 2015 Hong Kong auction. It commemorates the establishment of the Fuzhou Arsenal, circa 1874 (51.81 mm, 90.07 grams). The auction will offer 2,077 lots … Continue reading

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British £2 could be counterfeiting target

By Richard Giedroyc It appears to be unsubstantiated speculation by the media, but could the British £2 coin be on a short list of coins counterfeiters are now considering copying? Attention is being drawn to the highest denomination coin in … Continue reading

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Bart reports series 2009 $10 error bill

A pre-printed stock error worth $6,500 has been found on a Series 2009 $10 Federal Reserve Note. Frederick J. Bart, author and researcher of U.S. paper money errors, reported the discovery. The pre-printed stock error consists of an extraneous printing … Continue reading

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