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Italy wins Coin of the Year

Italy has won the 2017 Coin of the Year Award. It will be given the trophy Feb. 4 at the World Money Fair in Berlin. An international panel of judges selected the country’s silver 10 euro issued to mark 70 … Continue reading

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Gold and silver start strong in 2017

Bullion buyers gave the United States Mint a strong start to 2017. First day sales of the ever popular silver American Eagle totaled 3,747,500 coins on Jan. 9. This one-day total is up almost 35 percent from last year’s first … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: National Parks see last-minute rush

Was there any evidence of end-of-year cherry-picking of new issues going off sale that might prove to be scarce? Indeed there was. The National Park Service commemoratives saw interest in two pieces. Sales of the uncirculated gold $5 jumped by … Continue reading

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Gold never existed?

When central banks own physical gold reserves, that means they own coins and/or bars. Mostly they own bars, which have hallmarks of the manufacturer, serial numbers and the weights and purity of each piece punched right into the surface. The … Continue reading

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Mother Russia or Father Lenin?

Should Vladimir Lenin be remembered as the founder of modern Russia? Valery Rashkin, Communist Party member of Parliament, thinks so. Rashkin recently sent a letter to the Bank of Russia, Russia’s central bank, in which he proposed a 25-ruble commemorative … Continue reading

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Club honors Alaska purchase

The 2017 Fairbanks Coin Club membership token honors the Sesquicentennial of the Purchase of Alaska from Russia. Its obverse features the simple legend “Fairbanks Coin Club” with the member’s number counterstamped in the center. The reverse has the legend “Alaska … Continue reading

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Patron Saint of hobby recalled

The feast day of St. Eligius, Patron Saint of numismatists, goldsmiths, farriers, jewelers, metalworkers, craftsmen, veterinarians and harness makers, was observed on Dec. 1. The Gateway Coin Club of San Antonio, Texas, marked the occasion with an educational program by … Continue reading

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1924-S becoming Peace dollar sleeper

The 1924-S Peace dollar does not get a great deal of attention. Perhaps many collectors assume that better dates in the series come from its later years. However, the Peace dollar run is definitely front loaded when it comes to … Continue reading

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Taking time to learn enhances hobby

Numismatics is a diverse and fascinating field. Only you can decide the extent of personal involvement. This paper is read by people of all skill levels. That’s why a few times in the past I have written an introductory column … Continue reading

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Composition changes to win war

What was the motivation to choose a copper-silver-manganese alloy for the so-called war nickels of 1942 to 1945? Since nickel was a critical war materiel, Congress didn’t want it being used to strike coins. The choice of the three-metal alloy … Continue reading

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