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Poland honors Fatima

Commencing in May 1917, three children shepherding sheep flocks at Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, experienced visions of the Mother of God, whom they described as a “Lady more brilliant than the Sun.” The three children were Lúcia Santos … Continue reading

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Balfour Declaration centenary marked with counterstamped coin

Israel Lachovsky, a coin dealer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has issued a counterstamped coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a World War I statement of British support for a national home for the Jewish people in … Continue reading

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When will China buy American coins?

I stumbled on some interesting information while I was in China. A speaker estimated that there are 750,000 to almost 1.4 million buyers of gold and silver coins in China. That number is very similar to what is the case … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year promoted in China

Numismatic News editor Dave Harper attended the Beijing International Coin Exposition Nov. 10-12, where he gave a speech to the annual congress of the Coin and Medal Art Committee of the China Numismatic Society (CMAC). His topic was the Coin … Continue reading

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Action scene on new quarter

If a quarter can be considered to have an action-packed design, the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park coin is it. Guns at the ready, Clark leads his men to victory in 1779 through flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville during … Continue reading

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PCGS moves to new offices

Collectors Universe, parent of the Professional Coin Grading Service, moved in November to 1610 E. St. Andrew Place, Suite 150, Santa Ana, CA 92705. The new location is just five minutes from its former location, but is larger. “We’ve seen … Continue reading

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Monetary systems influence future

While government monetary systems come and go, they can influence the long-term future. Take a look at the ancient Greek drachma. Various derivations of that term have been applied to subsequent monetary systems long afterward with terms such as dirham, … Continue reading

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Hong Kong sale started with a bang

By Kerry Rodgers Spink China’s Hong Kong collectors’ sale started with a mighty bang. The first paper money item on the block was a 700-year-old Yuan dynasty two kuan (NIP, S&M C167-1). Extraordinarily rare in any condition, this one came … Continue reading

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Paper money of India in spotlight

The 5,138 lots of Noble Numismatics’ recent sale in Sydney included a notable group of 114 items of paper money of India assembled by a Melbourne collector. Most were issues of the British Raj. They included the rare, the occasional … Continue reading

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Six Seated Liberty top picks

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. Like it or not,the largest denomination U.S. coin in circulation is the quarter. It wasn’t always this way, of course, and when I first became aware of the buying potential of coins, half dollars circulated freely, … Continue reading

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