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Zimbabwe innovates to get coins circulating

By Richard Giedroyc At the time this article is being written it’s been more than four months since Zimbabwe introduced its bond coins. There is a shortage of coins in Zimbabwe since due to inflation, foreign rather than domestic coins … Continue reading

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Newman 1890 $100 Watermelon leads

Marking its auction debut, a $100 1890 Watermelon Note from the Eric P. Newman Collection—one of just 35 $100 Watermelon Notes known to exist—is expected to bring $150,000+ in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society Currency Signature Auction, April 22-28 … Continue reading

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Coin themes should be more current

By Richard Giedroyc The April 7 issue of Numismatic News has a Page 1 story about celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with proposed commemorative coins. Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Chairman Gary Marks is quoted as saying, … Continue reading

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Good to see red with Indian Head cents

Collectors are now turning their eyes and pocketbooks to Indian Head cent varieties, correctly graded key dates and those with original red color. Rick Snow, an expert on Indian Head cents and owner of Eagle Eye Rare Coins, Tucson, Ariz., … Continue reading

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1792 Birch cent earns fame

The imagination of the national news media was captured by the sale of a 1792 Birch cent March 26 in Baltimore by Stack’s Bowers Galleries during its auction of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection. Bringing $1,175,000, this first American … Continue reading

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New 1798 dollar variety discovered

A new 1798 silver dollar die variety in the Bust dollar series has been discovered and consigned to Goldberg Coins and Collectibles’ Pre-Long Beach sale of May 31-June 3, the firm has announced. Scott Mitchell of Garden City, N.Y., acquired … Continue reading

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March gold Eagle sales beat last year’s

High demand for gold American Eagles in March of 2015 led sales to more than double compared to orders in March of 2014. In 2014, March saw 21,000 total ounces sold. In 2015, the same month saw Authorized Purchasers order … Continue reading

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1890 Treasury Note a leading lot

Bringing a hammer price of $25,000 at the Lyn Knight Currency Auctions sale at the Chicago Paper  Money Expo, March 5-7, was an 1890 $20 Treasury Note. The PCGS Abt. New 53-graded note, Fr. 372, was described as the fifth … Continue reading

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British George V gold pattern tops DNW London sale

By Kerry Rodgers Great expectations surrounded Dix, Noonan, Webb’s February auction in London. It did not disappoint. The only cloud to mar a most successful day was the withdrawal of the Australian 1921 specimen star shilling prior to commencement of … Continue reading

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Electronics displace cash in Great Britain

By Richard Giedroyc Merry old England may be having its problems with counterfeit coins and bank notes, but those same currencies are also increasingly being displaced by other forms of payment, according to the Payment Council. A January study indicated … Continue reading

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