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Poll question puts a reader on edge

Our weekly online poll questions have become a popular addition to the pages of Numismatic News in recent years. Sometimes we ask questions that everyone has an opinion on and we get numerous responses. Some weeks we ask a question … Continue reading

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1853-O half dime rarer than thought

Some coins are better than their mintages suggest and that is almost certainly the case with the 1853-O half dime. In fact, there are two 1853-O half dimes: ones with arrows at the date and one without the arrows and … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: what’s a pennyweight?

By Richard Giedroyc Can you explain how pennyweight fits into this weight and purity system for gold? It takes 20 pennyweight to equal one troy ounce of gold. Another way to express this is one pennyweight being equal to 24 … Continue reading

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Special rules for gold coin IRA

By Terry Hanlon Federal tax season is here, and if you recently embarked on  – or want to explore – one of the many types of gold investments, you need to know how the Internal Revenue Service treats them. Any … Continue reading

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Gold supplies won’t run out

A week ago, Eugene King, a Goldman Sachs European metals and mining analyst, wrote in a research note that the world has about 20 years each of minable reserves of gold, diamonds and zinc. He further stated that there were … Continue reading

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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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