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Cent result sails past estimate

A sleeper is a wondrous thing. This was ably demonstrated in a Jan. 21 sale of “Silver, Coins and Medals” conducted by British auctioneers Woolley & Wallis. The firm put a 1796 cent on the block. It came unslabbed and … Continue reading

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Best secured coin shows of 2014

The Best Secured Coin Shows in 2014 have been announced by Col. Steven Ellsworth (retired) of the Butternut Company, Clifton, Va. Ellsworth has been doing show security evaluations for 18 years. He is retired from the U.S. Army and is … Continue reading

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Slabs boost Buffalo nickel series

Is your Buffalo nickel set ready for slabbing? If you want to sell it easily, it had better be. Alex Panchecho, owner of Tipsico Coin, Corvallis, Ore., said that the market for Buffalo nickel series seems to be shifting. “The … Continue reading

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Marshals commemoratives released

The 2015 U.S. Marshals Service  commemorative coins released Jan. 29 to lackluster sales. In the first day, only 14,212 proof and 7,649 uncirculated half dollars were sold along with 24,057 proof and 10,200 uncirculated dollars. The gold $5 saw just … Continue reading

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Strong dollar, weak U.S. coin sales

As most of you have probably heard, the U.S. Dollar Index is now at its highest levels since September 2003. In theory, this is an index of the value of the U.S. dollar against a market basket of foreign currencies. … Continue reading

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Printing blocks tied to colonial currency

The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, reports that three rare 18th-century type-metal blocks on deposit with it have been identified as the instruments used to print colonial currency in Delaware and elsewhere. “Furthermore, the blocks … Continue reading

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Islamic coins realize $708,941 in Spink sale

On Dec. 2 a major collection of over 1,200 Islamic coins went under the hammer at Spink London. The Islamic collection was particularly comprehensive with issues ranging from those showing early Byzantine influences to examples from the late 20th Century. … Continue reading

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Rare pattern coins on sale

Two major numismatic rarities will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in the firm’s Feb. 11 London auction. Top billing goes to a newly discovered Australian George V 1921 pattern or specimen shilling with a five-pointed star above the date, … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year book honors three decades of awards

A new book chronicling more than three decades of Coin of the Year Award winning coins will be released in June by Krause Publications. “Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship” by … Continue reading

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Love lost for collector’s ATB 5 oz.

It seems that collectors are losing interest in the America the Beautiful collector’s 5 oz. silver coin series. The latest two issues, Great Sand Dunes and Everglades, saw sales of only 26 and 191 coins, respectively, between Jan. 18 and … Continue reading

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