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Tibet, Nepal win big in Spink sale

A major portion of Spink’s Hong Kong auction in early April spotlighted coins from the exceptional Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Tibetan and Nepalese coins and bank notes – 241 lots in all. This was one of the most comprehensive numismatic … Continue reading

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Exhibiters win gold at CSNS convention

Mack Martin won the Leon and Hamie Hendrickson Best-in-Show Award for the second year in a row with his exhibit at the Central States Numismatic Society’s 79th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, Ill., in late April. His exhibit, “Georgia’s Civil War … Continue reading

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China copper sizzles in sale

The sale of Q. David Bowers’ magnificent collection of Chinese copper coins was the undoubted highlight of a coin- and bank note-filled Hong Kong week that ran from April 2 to April 5. The 427 lots realized a remarkable total … Continue reading

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What happened to 1934-D Peace dollars?

Collectors normally do not have a lot of questions about coins of the 1930s, since most of them are pretty well documented. There are, however, some unsettling questions about the 1934-D Peace dollar. In 1934 and 1935, thanks to a … Continue reading

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New eagle from Perth Mint

On April 3, Australia’s Perth Mint released the first coin of a third John M. Mercanti rendering of Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle. The reverse of the 36.60 mm, 62.213 g (2 oz) .9999 fine gold high-relief proof $200 shows a mother … Continue reading

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Nearly 500 New Zealand notes on offer

Nearly 500 bank note lots will headline a combined notes, coins, tokens, errors and medals auction on offer from Mowbray Collectables May 25-26. Among the 920 lots in the catalog are Chinese, Scottish, English, and United States notes. The New … Continue reading

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Palau issues totem pole coin

Among the more popular coins attracting attention at Berlin’s World Money Fair earlier this year was a silver $10 shaped as a Pacific Northwest totem pole. The coin has been struck using Smartminting® technology to give a spectacular 3D ultrahigh … Continue reading

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Overstruck quarters raise eyebrows

Who is responsible for the quarters that have been overstruck to poke fun at some political figures? No one appears ready to admit to making these, although there are a number of coin dealers willing to sell them.   I … Continue reading

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Scarce $50 note claims record

Aficionados of Asian paper money could perhaps consider taking time out to scan the results of Spink China’s latest collectors’ sale in Hong Kong. The early April auction saw some fascinating prices realized. At the very least, these suggest increases … Continue reading

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Which way will stable market jump?

Individuals who invest in coins first, collecting them being secondary, have been switching to secondary market coins, according to the World Gold Council, rather than buying brand new from mints or distributors. While the WGC monitors just gold consumption, the … Continue reading

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