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Mint Stats: Another strong month for gold Eagles

Gold bullion American Eagles are still hot as pistols. The one-ounce had its best month of sales in 2016 in November. It beat the previous high in October by 9,500 to reach 110,000 pieces. Silver bullion Eagles went in the … Continue reading

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‘Jefferson Head’ rarity

On rare occasion one sees a 1795 “Jefferson” cent offered for sale and, in fact, the head of Liberty on the coin does look like Thomas Jefferson. It is not that president, however, and the background of this piece is … Continue reading

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Collectible classics: Early commems offer value

by Mark Benvenuto One of the amazing aspects of our hobby is that it is large and varied enough that every now and again a series that was once hot has cooled off, and thus deserves a second look. Those … Continue reading

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British pocket change worth collecting

Collectors in the United States often complain there is nothing worth collecting in our pocket change. Not so, if you happen to be in Great Britain! Some so-called small change is bringing big money in merry old England. The coins … Continue reading

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Coins vie for COTY honors

Australia and Canada have the most nominations in the annual Coin of the Year Award competition. The first round of voting by an international panel of judges must work through a list of 10 categories in which 98 nominated coins … Continue reading

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Knox-signed New Ulm note found

By R. Shawn Hewitt For me, Christmas has arrived early this year. In late October, I acquired a very special Minnesota obsolete bank note—one that was fabled and virtually foretold by prophecy. It is a $1 note from the Central … Continue reading

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e-letters (December 13, 2016)

We asked: Are million dollar rarities overhyped?   While the vast majority of collectors will never own a million-dollar coin – including me! – all of us can admire, appreciate and, yes, envy the stratosphere in which those historic coins … Continue reading

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Collectors share a beautiful mind

After I write this column, I will get in a car and travel to the Michigan State Numismatic Society convention in Warren to help celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary. I was invited to be the after-dinner speaker at the banquet. … Continue reading

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More than one Trumbull painting

Is the design on the 1976 $2 note the same as the Trumbull painting in the Capitol? Trumbull’s 1817 painting hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. In that painting some of the signers were left out. As a result, the design … Continue reading

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Silver denarius in New York sale

A most desirable denarius of that ultimate backstabber, Marcus Junius Brutus, will feature in Stack’s Bowers’ New York International Numismatic Convention Auction in January. The coin is a stunning piece of history struck during the last campaign conducted by the … Continue reading

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