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Sale brings big money in Big Easy

Legend Rare Coin Auctions conducted its 21st Regency Auction May 18 for PCGS members at Harrah’s New Orleans. The sale consisted of 520 coins and featured several collections including Part 2 of the Bob Simpson Collection of Standard Silver Patterns, … Continue reading

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Are gold paper markets at risk of failure?

The June 2017 Over-The-Counter options contracts expire in London at the end of next week. But, the COMEX June 2017 Gold Options contracts expire on Thursday, May 25. By the COMEX close on May 25, we should have a strong … Continue reading

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NLG conducts annual writing contest

Entries are being accepted for the Numismatic Literary Guild’s 2017 Writers’ Competition. The contest covers a broad spectrum of categories, including books on numismatic subjects; newspaper and magazine articles and columns; online websites, articles, columns and blogs; numismatic newsletters; auction … Continue reading

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Time to consider buying up bargain coins

Specific pieces within the rare coin market are showing signs of strength, leaving the balance of the collectible and the bullion-impacted coins in the lurch. The record-setting $517,000 realized for one of 10 known 1866 $20 double eagles, this example … Continue reading

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Omaha Coin Club issues souvenir

Omaha Coin Club has issued the third in a series of promotional notes for the club. It is a reproduction of an obsolete Western Exchange Fire & Marine Ins. Co., bank note issued in Omaha in 1857. The club is … Continue reading

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Mintage can mislead for 1896-S Barber half

If you want to find the better Barber half dollars, your first rule should be to not get hung up on mintages. Yes, mintage can be a good indication on some coins of how tough they will be, but it … Continue reading

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‘Most secure coin in world’ launched

Is it really “the most secure circulating coin in the world,” as British Royal Mint Master Adam Lawrence called the recently innovated British 12-sided £1 coin? We should learn if it truly is very soon. Introduced into circulation during late … Continue reading

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Gold bank note rarities dazzle

Four exceedingly rare gold notes, all from the Eureka Collection of National Gold Bank Notes, topped Heritage Auctions’ Currency Signature Auction held April 26-May 2 in Chicago. The sale was held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society covention. … Continue reading

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Retired Pope’s birth marked by gold coin

Pope Emeritus Benedict, who prefers to be known as Father Benedict these days, celebrated his 90th birthday on April 16. To mark the occasion, Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust has produced a gold $5 for the Cook Islands. The Trust used … Continue reading

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Paquet $20s rare from Philadelphia

Can you explain what a Paquet coin is and how often such coins were struck? United States Mint Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet used the font now bearing his name on some of his 1860 $20 double eagle gold coin patterns. … Continue reading

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