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1873 two-cent ended denomination

The 1873 two-cent piece was to be the final year for the coin series with a mintage of just proofs, the number estimated at 1,100 pieces although we cannot be absolutely certain. It was an unusual end for a denomination … Continue reading

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Mint issues Ike dollar, Truman Spouse

The United States Mint has once again released an Eisenhower dollar. The Ike Presidential dollar went on sale April 13 with 29,051 Philadelphia and 26,869 Denver 25-coin rolls, 752 Philadelphia and 731 Denver 100-coin bags and 2,806 Philadelphia and 2,468 … Continue reading

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Court orders return of seized $20 gold pieces

A federal appeals court tossed out a jury verdict and a U.S. District court judgment that confiscated 10 rare 1933 $20 gold pieces from decendants of Israel Switt, a Philadelphia jeweler and coin dealer who is believed to have acquired … Continue reading

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New doubled die quarter discovered

Steve Atwood of Florida managed to nab five new doubled-die reverse varieties of the recently released 2015-P Homestead (Nebraska) America the Beautiful quarters. At least one of the varieties falls into the category of what I’d consider major while a … Continue reading

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Follow coin show rules

Like a driver cutting you off in traffic, one bad experience at a coin show can ruin the time and throw you off your collecting mood. At a recent coin show, I pulled out some $100 Confederate notes from a … Continue reading

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$5,000 and $10,000 notes lead Stack’s sale

Small-size currency stole the show at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Baltimore Currency Auction, March 26 and March 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The sale, which realized nearly $4.7 million, was led by a 1934 $5,000 from St. Louis, Fr. 2221-H, … Continue reading

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Waterloo being refought over coin

By Richard Giedroyc The United States marked the 50th anniversary of the victory over Germany, Japan, and their allies in World War II with commemorative coins in 1993. The Soviet Union celebrated its victory over the same advisories in the … Continue reading

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Silver pound brings $82,747 at Duke’s

For some weeks in March Britain’s mainstream media were agog with reports of the impending sale of a rare Civil War pound of King Charles I in Dorchester. Timothy Medhurst at Duke’s auctioneers had been somewhat startled earlier in the … Continue reading

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Derivatives pose threat

For all the pretending by U.S. government officials and the regular media, it is obvious that, outside of the public eye, something terrible is developing.  Ultimately, the problem may be a developing crash in the derivatives markets. Derivatives, simply stated, … Continue reading

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Eleanor Roosevelt gold sold out?

The 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse gold coin appears to be sold out. The United States Mint website no longer lists the coin and the total sold has been removed from the weekly sales report. Latest numbers as of April … Continue reading

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