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Holey dollar tops Noble Sydney sale

By Kerry Rodgers April 5-8 saw Sydney, Australia’s Noble Numismatics conduct their 40th anniversary sale. Among prices realized Australian gold was front and center. The catalog was filled with several notable gold collections. Among these were the half sovereigns of … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle sales at 20 million

As of May 11, silver American Eagle bullion coin sales in 2016 stand at exactly 20 million coins. It will take sales of another 27 million to match 2015’s total sales of 47 million. With nearly eight months left, surpassing … Continue reading

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Gold unfazed by large sales

On the basis of news developments over the past month, I now forecast about a 67 percent likelihood that the spot price of gold will top $1,450 and silver will surpass $20 by Labor Day this year. Since gold and … Continue reading

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Gold Mercury dimes get top grade

I had a member of my local coin club ask me recently at a meeting if he should send in his 2016-W gold Mercury dime for grading. The answer boils down to what you plan to do with it. If … Continue reading

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New Trade dollar type identified

I would like to introduce a previously unlisted reverse hub type for the Trade dollar, but before I do, some background is in order. Word has reached me that a much needed reference on the U.S. Trade Dollar series is … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a double denomination error

By Peter Huntoon and Lee Lofthus During August 2014, coauthor Lofthus located a file labeled “Errors in Printing FR Notes” among Federal Reserve Board records preserved in the National Archives while we were working there. The file with respect to … Continue reading

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Caribbean guilder in development

By Richard Giedroyc It’s been a long time coming, but it now appears that Caribbean guilder coins and bank notes will finally become a reality. According to a Feb. 15 article appearing in the Curacao Chronicle newspaper, “The Central Bank … Continue reading

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Rare gold ancient found in Israel

By Richard Giedroyc Ancient gold coins are seldom found in Israel. An ancient Roman coin that is known from only one other example is even less seldom to be encountered anywhere. The gold aureus of Roman Emperor Trajan recently discovered … Continue reading

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PNG warns of fakes

A warning against counterfeit coins has been issued by the Professional Numismatists Guild. Unsuspecting buyers have submitted counterfeit modern bullion coins to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for authentication and grading, PNG said. NGC, the official grading service of PNG, earlier reported … Continue reading

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Gold Mercury dime orders drop

After the 2016-W gold Centennial Mercury dime had a stunning sellout April 21 within an hour, the Mint has since audited sales and the total orders have dropped. As of May 1, 119,920 coins were reported sold. In its previous … Continue reading

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