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Bargains in old gold $5s

The activity level at the massive Florida United Numismatists show in early January each year is considered a bellwether indicator of the state of the numismatic markets. The show last week in Orlando revealed some shining spots and some weak … Continue reading

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Her Majesty’s portrait to be updated

By Richard Giedroyc Perhaps the most recognized person appearing on coins anywhere and at any time in history is about to get a new portrait. According to the British Royal Mint, the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appearing … Continue reading

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What happened to East German coins, currency?

By Richard Giedroyc Germany saw the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. The fall of the wall that symbolized despotism in East Germany quickly led to the collapse of its communist government and unification with West Germany … Continue reading

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Small change coins called nuisance

By Richard Giedroyc “It seems the time has come to follow the lead of other governments and consign them to history,” the “them” being coins, according to an Oct. 12 South China Morning Post newspaper editorial. This is not the … Continue reading

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Rhett Jeppson named U.S. Mint deputy director

Rhett Jeppson has been named the deputy director of the United States Mint. Jeppson was previously the Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Small Business Administration and as an Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development.  Prior to that, he served … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Best year ever for annual forecasts

By Dave Harper I did it. My forecasts for events of 2014 were my best ever. I have been doing these since the early days of the 21st century when all I had to do was forecast gold and silver … Continue reading

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Proof Silver Eagle starts new year

The Mint began sales of the first collector’s coin for the new year, the 2015 proof Silver Eagle, on Jan. 2. Buyers purchased 262,377 coins in just two days of being on sale. Also released, though only for Authorized Purchasers, … Continue reading

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ANA starts scholarship

High School seniors can now apply to the American Numismatic Association for $1,000 scholarships to college. Deadline is March 15. A winner will be chosen based on numismatic merit and financial need, according to ANA. Besides holding membership in the … Continue reading

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Heritage results reach nearly $1 billion

A billion dollars is a lot of money. Heritage Auctions of Dallas knows that better than most as it has announced that 2014 was its best year ever with sales of over $969 million. Two-thirds of the number was generated … Continue reading

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Year of change for dealers

How did coin collecting in 2014 go for you? For some coin dealers, it was a year of change as the precious metals market continued its downward trend. Jim Long, owner of JEL Coins, Baltimore, Md., said 2014 was better … Continue reading

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