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Currencies fail, gold doesn’t

The track record of unbacked paper currencies is that they all eventually fail. Since 1975, paper currencies issued by the following countries (and there may be more) have become worthless and were replaced by something else: Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Bosnia, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Let’s look at bullion and proof sets

Bullion coins have made a slow start in October. Gold Buffaloes put 1,000 pieces on the board. On the bright side, this number is two-thirds of the 1,500 sold in all of September. Perhaps I should write that Buffaloes are … Continue reading

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Note of the Month: Postal Savings Certificate

By Neil Shafer Postal Savings Certificates were used for many years, going back to the earlier 20th century. This $1,000 certificate was issued in Puerto Rico and dated in 1965. A year later, the gradual phaseout of the whole system … Continue reading

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Steinberg’s offers world gold coins

World gold collectors have a new certified price list from Steinberg’s to examine. All coins on the latest list are certified by either the Professional Coin Grading Service or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Visit www.steinbergs.com, or email info@steinbergs.com for a copy. … Continue reading

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Latest NENA medal depicts schooners

A 2017 medal has been created and issued by the New England Numismatic Association. It features two of the last four-masted schooners built in New England, the Luther Little and Hesper. The medal marks the 100th anniversary of the building … Continue reading

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1885 Seated Liberty half tough but available

When is a rarity not a rarity? The answer might well be a coin like the 1885 Seated Liberty half dollar. While certainly a tough and valuable coin, it is actually more available than its very low mintage would suggest. … Continue reading

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Coin Finds: Wheat backs

Based on the long-running “Coin Finds” column in Coins magazine, which will continue to appear in print, this online version will give additional exposure to the thrill of the hunt. Submit your own discoveries via email to Coins magazine editor … Continue reading

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We want your opinion!

Our readers have always had decisive opinions on numismatic topics, and we enjoy creating a new poll question each week to invite responses. Now we would like to know whether you are an active participant in the polling process. Please … Continue reading

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Rhodium plating used by Canada

The Royal Canadian Mint has just executed another first. It has begun issue of a series of proof coins enhanced with selective black rhodium plating. Appropriately, the series features creatures of the night. The first two 38 mm, 31.39 g … Continue reading

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Austen devotees react to design

As reported in September issue of Bank Note Reporter (read more here), the Bank of England’s new polymer £10 was launched by the bank’s governor, Mark Carney, on July 18. The note’s back design features world-renowned author Jane Austen and … Continue reading

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