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Gold tops June coin auction in Germany

A 10 ducats gold piece was a top performer June 21-23 in a set of three auctions conducted by Fritz Rudolf Künker in Osnabrück, Germany. The piece, struck in 1634, brought 220,000 euros, or $244,200 when converted an an exchange … Continue reading

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Ruble for the czar who wasn’t czar

The death of Russian Czar Alexander I in late 1825 set off a chain of events in which two brothers swore allegiance to the other as the new ruler of Imperial Russia. The St. Petersburg Mint quickly prepared a portrait … Continue reading

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Fiji’s tabua often misunderstood

By Kerry Rodgers Teeth from the lower jaw of sperm whales were and still are highly prized in several Pacific Island groups including Tonga and Fiji. For Fijians they have been a central feature of their culture from beyond memory. … Continue reading

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Seated Liberty coinage offers challenge, excitement

One of the most prolific U.S. silver coin designs is the Seated Liberty. It appeared on six denominations between 1836 and 1891. The obverse, with variations over time, was used on half dimes (1837-1873), dimes (1837-1891), 20-cent pieces (1875-1878), quarters … Continue reading

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Silver dollar plugged twice

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and will be offered Aug. 10 by Heritage Auctions on Aug. 10, 2016. It will be offered for sale during Heritage’s … Continue reading

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Compare prices when buying silver

As you probably know, dealers don’t quote the same prices for identical merchandise. It takes time and effort to check prices from multiple sellers. If you are checking on items selling for bullion-related prices, how do you know if you … Continue reading

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1876-CC prices, grades range wide

If you had been handed a Trade dollar back in 1877, you might have been unsure how to handle it as it just had had its legal-tender status revoked. Some were saying they were silver dollars and worth as much … Continue reading

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Summer focus is not at the beach

At this time of year, Americans tend to want to take some time off to get away on vacation, or put meat on the grill and relax. The markets are not cooperating. Gold and silver, and especially silver, are on … Continue reading

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Coins struck over others unusual

Have U.S. coins ever been used as the host blank for a foreign coin? There are two Draped Bust silver dollar coins known to have been used as the planchets for the Uruguay 1844 1-peso fuerte. One is in the … Continue reading

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Education, patience keys to getting top dollar

By James Evans Over a lifetime of collecting coins, I had accumulated quite a bit of stuff. Most of it was circulated, almost all of it raw coins, almost none of it exceptional in quality or rarity. Still, the sum … Continue reading

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