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Viewpoint: Mint three-cent coin to save money

By Wayne Pearson Rather than abolish the cent, as some would like, saving the cent could be as easy as 1-2-3. A Trime. Consider if we issued a three-cent piece. For every 100 one-cent coins, we could issue 16 trimes … Continue reading

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Reverse proof error found

A new error has been reported. Everyone who has ordered a 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set has a chance to get one. On Aug. 7, reader Mark Warda sent this email to me: “I just received from the … Continue reading

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Club gives Syd Kass cake for No. 98

Longtime coin collector Syd Kass celebrated his 98th birthday with his friends Aug. 3 at a meeting of the Delta Coin Club at the Stockton, Calif., Eagles Hall. Called Mr. Delta Coin Club, Kass has been a pillar of the … Continue reading

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Changes come through like buses

What are coin collectors thinking about this summer? Judging from the letters below, they are thinking about the same things they usual think about. There are new Mint products to weigh in on, errors to report, circulation finds, and activities … Continue reading

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CCAC rejects signature $1 designs

Coin collectors might consider multiple ways of highlighting the signature of George Washington as the opposite of innovation, but variations on this theme were reviewed and rejected July 31 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee as the American Innovators dollar … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Current sellout watch like paint drying

World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and Medal Sets have gone back on sale. Sales figures below have inched up a tad for all five sets. Whether the Mint can resell all of the sets that were returned is another … Continue reading

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1878-S dollar gets ‘Specimen’ grade

In the first year of striking Morgan silver dollars, did the San Francisco Mint make special coins for dignitaries? It looks like a strong “yes” is the answer from information provided by the Professional Coin Grading Service. PCGS says it … Continue reading

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World War I sets back on sale

I like leftover food. Some menu items like chili and hot dishes taste better if there has been a little time for the ingredients to settle in together. Does it work for coins? The United States Mint hopes so. Back … Continue reading

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Gold price set by China?

From June 14 through Aug. 7, the price of gold, as measured in U.S. dollars, fell 9.3 percent. While that may sound horrible to those whose wealth is denominated in U.S. dollars, the story is different in China. During the … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Libertas Americana medal carries depth of meaning

There is little doubt that the most admired medal in American numismatic history is the one commissioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1782. Although the Revolutionary War was not yet over, the end of this long struggle was in sight with … Continue reading

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