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Random coin stampings untraceable

I have a French coin with a large “S” punched in horizontally across the bust. Who put it on the coin? The countermark on your coin is something that could have been added at any time from when the coin … Continue reading

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Bullion no longer just our secret

For many years the bullion coin business has been a profitable cash flow machine for the numismatic business. I remember the days of coin counting machines clanking away on the bourse floor. When bullion was frisky, conventions were noisy. With … Continue reading

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Ronald, Nancy Reagan coins arrive

Just like the 1984 presidential election, the Reagans are back in by a landslide. The United States Mint opened sales for the Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin on July 1. As of July … Continue reading

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Vivid series 1934 $20, $100 notes never issued

By Peter Huntoon June 14, 1934 The Honorable Secretary of the Treasury (Henry Morganthau Jr.) My Dear Mr. Secretary: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the act approved May 12, 1933, as amended by the Gold Reserve Act … Continue reading

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Shipwreck yields ancient coin bounty

By Richard Giedroyc They may not be gold doubloons and pieces of eight, but the ancient Roman coins recently recovered from the wreck of a Roman ship off the coast of Israel are of great value to archaeologists. The coins … Continue reading

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Can Ireland really do without cash?

Can Ireland’s central bank force a cashless payment system on Ireland’s citizens? The word “force” is appropriate since statistics indicate cash withdrawals from Automated Teller Machines is 66 percent higher in Ireland than is the average for the European Union … Continue reading

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Silver $20 on way to $100

In intraday trading on the Shanghai Gold Exchange on Monday, July 4, the spot price of silver reached $21.13 per ounce, up about 53 percent since the end of 2015. In the June 1, 2016, issue of my  “Liberty’s Outlook,” … Continue reading

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Silver dollar for Lions in 2017

Helen Keller’s “Knights of the Blind” will be honored in 2017 with the 100th anniversary Lions Clubs International commemorative silver dollar. The coin’s obverse and reverse designs were unveiled June 28 at its annual convention in Fukuoka, Japan. Mintage will … Continue reading

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Platinum sellout surprises

The 2016-W $100 platinum proof Eagle’s quick sellout on June 30 came as a shock to some collectors. The mintage of 10,000 coins was gone in 56 minutes. Why is that a surprise? Past releases with lower sales totals have … Continue reading

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Chet Krause taught by example

I am the longest-serving employee still working for the firm that Chet Krause founded. I arrived in 1978. Susie Melum followed a few weeks after me as a full-time hire. It was appropriate then that she was the one who … Continue reading

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