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Mint Statistics: Dreaming of palladium or just asleep?

This is apparently the week that the market is dreaming about the Mint’s new one-ounce palladium bullion coin. Why? Looking at the sales numbers for gold and silver, it has to be asleep. But buyers are definitely not awake to … Continue reading

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Colorado visit finds colorful museum

By Henry Hettger Colonel John May Francisco (Kentucky Colonel) from Virginia who moved to La Veta, Colo., in 1859, planned and built a fort as protection for the townspeople against the Indians, basically the Ute tribe. A beige adobe structure … Continue reading

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Appreciating decaying coins

By Mike Thorne, Ph.D. This month’s review is devoted to a very different coin book: Lost Cents, Dead Owners: Appreciating Coins in Decay. Rather than looking at the best of the best, which you typically find in numismatic tomes, Dr. … Continue reading

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Knight to host new show

LFK Tradeshows has announced an addition to its line of shows, with the Aug. 25-26 debut of the Illinois Coin & Paper Money Show. According to show owner Lyn Knight, the show, to be held at the Gateway Convention Center … Continue reading

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Chris Rudd consigns his collection

In September, longtime Celtic coin dealer and author Chris Rudd of Norfolk, England, will celebrate his 80th birthday. He is doing so by selling his personal collection of British antiquities and Roman coins. As he observes: “I’ve had my fun … Continue reading

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China and Middle East featured

Late August through early September, Archives International Auctions will be conducting a live catalog sale from its offices in Fort Lee, N.J. That catalog was still a work in progress at the time of writing. However, the processing of notes … Continue reading

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Britain releases Jane Austen coins

Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817. The bicentenary of her death will see Britain’s Royal Mint place a limited number of commemorative £2 coins in circulation at locations around Winchester and Basingstoke that have connections with the Hampshire author. … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Grange notes popular but difficult pursuit

By Peter Huntoon Notes issued by the Grange national banks of Pennsylvania always have been a popular but difficult pursuit by determined collectors. The Grange movement, founded after the Civil War in 1867, was officially organized as The National Grange … Continue reading

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Downturn offers affordability to collectors

A new book meant to encourage people to collect coins appeared recently on Facebook. The person posting the plug for the book spoke of how coin collecting is on the decline. A book isn’t going to turn the hobby around. … Continue reading

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Some coins had favorite locations

Is there any truth to the story that back when coins were real silver they tended to congregate in certain cities? They really did. Old records of the Federal Reserve shows that prior to the switch to clad coins, the … Continue reading

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