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Dutch Mint issues North Holland ducat

Prior to its sale last year, Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt released the fifth silver ducat in its “Twelve Provinces” series. The 40.00 mm, 28.25 g, .873 fine silver proof is issued for North Holland. It comes with a mintage of 4,000. … Continue reading

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Call out for IPMS exhibits

Mart Delger, exhibit chairman for the International Paper Money Show, has put out the call for exhibits for the 41st IPMS. The show is slated this year at a new venue, the Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, Mo. and runs … Continue reading

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Perth’s mob of golden ’roos

Down Under “Mob” has long been the accepted collective noun to describe a group of kangaroos. As a descriptor, the word came into the numismatic lexicon when Australia’s public first encountered Stuart Devlin’s reverse design for the country’s 1984 dollar … Continue reading

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Trompe l’oeil art on display

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. In November, my wife and I took a little trip into northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In Arkansas, we went to Bentonville to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum, which one of my wife’s friends had recommended. … Continue reading

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Paper money’s start came in 1690

When was the first paper money issued in what is now the United States? The Massachusetts General Court issued the first paper money in the colonies in 1690. The U.S. Government issued its first paper money (Treasury Notes) in 1861. … Continue reading

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Smart buyers grab education before coins

A well-known phrase in coin collecting is “buy the book, then the coin.” This may make good sense, but few people follow the suggestion. Their reasoning is they want to use all of their money on coins despite all the … Continue reading

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Paper grading at Central States

The Central States Numismatic Society convention will pack an educational wallop April 25-29 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. Serious collectors will especially appreciate a two-day seminar, “Basic Paper Money Grading” taught by Glen Jorde, past president of … Continue reading

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Coppers collectors celebrate 50 years

The Early American Coppers (EAC) club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a convention April 19-23 at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. It will be open to the public. Admission is free. The EAC now has … Continue reading

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If avoiding loss is goal, choose gold

Many coin collectors are dismayed to discover that they have coins they purchased years ago that have lost value. That is not pleasant. But nobody promised that every coin would rise in value over time. That is the collector hope, … Continue reading

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Ellsworth runs again in ANA election

A re-election bid to the American Numismatic Association board of governors has been announced by retired Army colonel and full-time coin dealer Steven Ellsworth. If elected he said he will continue to development the long-term gifting and development programs to … Continue reading

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