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Gold worries: ‘Shaving’ and wear were once a concern

In the early 20th century, when gold coins were still in regular circulation, it was a much different world in making change. Though perhaps not widespread, there was always the chance your gold coin had been “shaved” of some its … Continue reading

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Three receive ICTA Service Award

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets bestowed its annual Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award during its membership and board of directors dinner Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Receiving the honors were ICTA chairman Philip Diehl and board members … Continue reading

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PNG warns of Trump fakes

So-called “Trump coins” are being offered for sale, but in many cases should not be mistaken for rare coins, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild. In some cases, the items being offered are not even actually coins despite how they’re advertised, … Continue reading

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Martha starred on the first $1 SC

By Tom LaMarre More than 80 years after she died, Martha Washington starred on the first $1 Silver Certificate. To this day, she is the only real-life woman depicted on U.S. paper money. Ironically, Martha Washington did not entirely enjoy … Continue reading

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Coin technology sees improvement

Improvements to bank note technology are well recognized as central banks continue to try to stay one step ahead of the counterfeiters. Changes in coin technology that can serve the same purpose often go under-recognized. This is especially true since … Continue reading

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Artist Boggs leaves storied legacy

Renowned money artist J.S.G. Boggs recently passed away. He was age 62. According to news reports, his body was discovered in a Tampa hotel by police on Jan. 29. No known cause of death was given. During his career as … Continue reading

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Roman bronze to star in DNW sale

Collectors of Roman coins will need to be front and center for Dix Noonan Webb’s Feb. 15 sale. The London auction house will be offering a superb collection of Roman bronze that has not seen an auction block for 75 … Continue reading

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Gold coin denominations strange

Please settle an argument. Is the “eagle” a real denomination for U.S. coins? The Act of April 2, 1792, established standards for the gold eagle, half eagle and quarter eagle denominations. The Act of March 3, 1849, authorized the double … Continue reading

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ICTA forms anti-fake force

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets board of directors approved at its Jan. 4 board meeting the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force committee to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials on … Continue reading

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Compare yourself to reader profile

I wrote a blog the other day on a topic that I think is important enough to repeat. I have put the complete blog text here: Trying to figure out what is important to readers is based in part on … Continue reading

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