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World gold offers lowest premiums

When it comes to gold, buyers will want the lowest premium. So why not try gold world coins and privately minted pieces? Julian Jarvis, owner of Jarvis’ Rare Coins, Greencastle, Ind., said the popular gold Eagle also has the highest … Continue reading

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Turner to appear on new £20 note

By Kerry Rodgers In late April, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, announced that renowned British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner will feature on the next £20 note. In selecting Turner the BoE followed the transparent selection process … Continue reading

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To Swiss, cash is privacy, freedom

By Richard Giedroyc Denmark and Sweden may be leading the charge towards a cashless society, but Switzerland, that bastion of international banking, doesn’t see it that way. Not only are the Swiss sold on the idea they want to retain … Continue reading

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Gold dollars offer history, challenge

Don’t let the gold dollar coin’s small size fool you. There’s a big appeal to owning a historical and low mintage denomination. Gold dollars were minted from 1849 to 1889. Three different designs were used over that period, all made … Continue reading

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Silver weight matters

As the prices of precious metals escalate, the accuracy of weight and purity can make a difference. For example, an exact-weight 1,000 troy ounce silver bar of .999 purity can have as much as one ounce of other components. In … Continue reading

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Q&A with Thomas Michael on world coin values

For the past three decades, market analyst Thomas Michael has served as director of world coin values for all of Krause Publications’ world coin catalogs. With new editions of The Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, and The Standard Catalog … Continue reading

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Higgins Museum National Bank Note seminar set

The speakers program for the 2016 Higgins Museum National Bank Note Seminar has been finalized, with Wendell Wolka, Lee Lofthus, Mark Hotz, and Peter Huntoon engaged as the featured presenters at the July 28 event. Also appearing will be a … Continue reading

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IBNS names 2015 Bank Note of the Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has been feted with prestigious Bank Note of the Year Award from the International Bank Note Society. It received the award for best 2015 note for New Zealand’s $5 polymer note. According to the … Continue reading

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North Korean counterfeits return

North Korea is back to doing one of the few things it does best – counterfeiting the money of other countries. In this case, however, it is the bank notes of its closest ally, China, that are being counterfeited. The … Continue reading

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South Korea doesn’t like its cash

By Richard Giedroyc Coins appear to be on their way out in South Korea. According to Hawaii Public Radio HPR2 “Today’s Asia Minute” reporter Bill Dorman, the Bank of Korea is reducing annual coin mintages, with the intention of entirely … Continue reading

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