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Denmark stops printing bank notes, minting coins

By Richard Giedroyc Denmark is one step closer to becoming the first modern cashless society. The Nationalbanken or Danish central bank announced on Oct. 21 that it will stop printing bank notes and likely issuing coins by the end of … Continue reading

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Vote online for the Coin of the Year

Have you ever wondered how you would perform as a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee selecting designs for use on American coinage? Would your opinions match those of other experts? Would you find yourself alone in your opinions? … Continue reading

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ISIS gold coins?

During the 1972-1973 school year at the University of Michigan Business School, which was my junior year, Marina von Neumann Whitman came to address the students and faculty. Whitman, the daughter of famed mathematician John von Neumann, was then serving … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe to import coins to fix shortage

By Richard Giedroyc Officially it’s a multi-currency regime. Local people likely have other names for it that would land them in jail for criticizing the government. Regardless, their comments wouldn’t be fit to print here. Zimbabwe is once again struggling … Continue reading

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Public COTY vote mirrors judges most of the time

The public voting in a parallel online World Coin News’ Coin of the Year ballot agreed with the international panel of judges in six of 10 categories when the votes were counted. Austria’s three winners again were the top choices … Continue reading

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Most 1929 half eagles melted down

If you go back to 1929, you find that the 1929 Indian Head half eagle had a fairly large 662,000 mintage. Under normal conditions, that would make its VF-20 prices today about $390. After all, since 1908, there were 17 … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Bicentennial Lincolns missing ‘VDB’ initials

By Richard Giedroyc Five years later it is unusual to find any 2009 Lincoln cent coins. On the lower right shoulder of the 2009 Formative Years standard front [obverse] Lincoln cent is VDB. Is this common? I cannot find the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Kids can collect circulating coins

By Mark Johnson Patrick Montrose makes some good points in his “Viewpoint” column regarding the graying of our hobby. I too see more gray hairs at our coin club meetings and wonder how to get kids interested. I believe there … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Commemorate Apollo 11 moon landing

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module touched down on the moon, putting mankind on its surface. A short time later, astronaut Neil Armstrong took those first steps onto its surface, saying, “That’s one small step for [a] … Continue reading

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Austria leads in first round of Coin of the Year voting

Three Austrian coins came out on top during the first round of World Coin News’ Coin of the Year Award voting by an international panel of judges that concluded Nov. 9. A 100-euro gold coin, KM-3225, issued in the Austrian … Continue reading

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