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Central States show wholesale success

Retail buyers were in short supply at the Central States Numismatic Society convention April 26-28, though wholesale business seemed to be as strong as ever. “I thought the wholesale activity was pretty good,” said Indian Head cent specialist Rick Snow … Continue reading

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Coins ‘minted freedom’ or irrelevant?

By Richard Giedroyc The possible demise of Australia’s 5-cent coin may be opening a can of worms Down Under regarding the future of physical cash, that being coins and bank notes. The Royal Australian Mint is currently celebrating the 50th … Continue reading

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Toronto Blue Jays get coin

A new $20 silver coin marking the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays has been created by the Royal Canadian Mint. The colorized silver-dollar-sized piece is priced at $99.95 each in Canadian funds. In contains one troy ounce of … Continue reading

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England’s £5 polymer note is on track

By Kerry Rodgers On March 10 the Bank of England’s chief cashier, Victoria Cleland, announced that the bank’s new £5 note is on track for release later this year. The new design will be unveiled on June 2 with the … Continue reading

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Boy king murdered by stepmother

Tenth-century England was a land of extremes as powerful rulers alternated with the incompetent or weak ones. During that time, however, came one of those terrible crimes that horrified an entire nation: a teen-aged king was brutally murdered by order … Continue reading

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Gold collector, bullion coins hot

Two highly anticipated Mint products arrived the week of April 18 to 22 and sales data shows collectors were buying gold coins in earnest. The 2016 silver proof set went on sale April 18. As a cornerstone of the set … Continue reading

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Gold Mercury dime hits market

A quick sellout always attracts attention from coin collectors and the 2016 gold Mercury dime is no different. On the secondary market, that means profits to those who placed orders. A quick survey on eBay shows resellers have wasted no … Continue reading

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Centennial issues strike cord with collectors

With the 2016 gold Mercury dime sold out at the Mint, coin dealers reselling them are seeing a rush by collectors who missed out. The coin is the first of three issues in 2016 commemorating the 1916 Mercury dime, Standing … Continue reading

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New path for silver?

Will this be the week that the price of silver breaks upward to stay? By the history of the past five years, that should not happen. However, if silver and gold prices are not knocked down this week, you could … Continue reading

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Chinese rarities in Roxbury’s sale

By Kerry Rodgers As every collector and dealer knows, rarities turn up in the most unexpected places. Down Under in sunny Queensland, Bob Innes of Roxbury’s Auction House was busy cataloging his May sale one day in March. A new … Continue reading

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