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Identical marks on coins evidence of fakes

I have two About Uncirculated gold $20 double eagles, same date and mint mark, each with what appears to be identical contact marks on the obverse. What are the chances of this being legitimate, or do I more likely have … Continue reading

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Numismatics of Shroud of Turin resurrected

The much-argued question regarding if coins from the period when Jesus Christ was crucified appear as part of the image on the Shroud of Turin has been once again resurrected through an April 26 interview broadcast by RCF Liège in … Continue reading

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Norway leads lots at Spink sale

Prices realized at Spink’s N.Y. Collectors’ Sale June 19-20 exceeded their upper estimates by considerable amounts. Top priced lot was a rare Norwegian speciedaler struck for Christian V in 1675 (PG), KM-132. Graded PCGS AU-53, it took $27,700 on its … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Don’t forget to check the reverse

By Ken Potter As I was writing a story about an error cent, it occurred to me that most of the stories I’ve written in recent months revolved around checking the obverse of a coin for the date to see … Continue reading

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Can ANA spark upward momentum?

The overall coin market remains a mixed bag. There are some very high-end coins that are appreciating, but these are few with no definitive group moving up in value. Not only do these coins need to be rare, but they … Continue reading

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Panda medal marks friendship

The 45th anniversary of friendship between the nations of China and Germany was celebrated June 30 by a first strike medal ceremony at the Berlin Mint. It was hosted by Dr. Andreas Schikora, the mint’s director, and was attended by … Continue reading

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Error coins guaranteed to please

It is too bad that the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America doesn’t have more members. Is it the long name? Does that intimidate? Members call it CONECA for short. I have been privileged to share a meal … Continue reading

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Coin output up but dimes drop

Coin production at the U.S. Mint’s Philadelphia and Denver facilities rose about 8 percent in June from May. Higher cent output led the gains. Nickels and quarters also rose, but dime output fell from the earlier month. Overall, production in … Continue reading

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Note of the Month

By Neil Shafer For a number of years, I’ve been interested in an area of collecting that I believe has not had a well deserved spotlight centered on it. I refer to the little known or seen private bank issues … Continue reading

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Lange named Numismatist of the Year

The Numismatist of the Year Award will be given to David W. Lange by the American Numismatic Association during its World’s Fair of Money in early August in Denver. Lange currently is research director for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, … Continue reading

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