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Arizona Territory Red Seal $5 found

By Peter Huntoon Feast your eyes on this fabulous note that just came in from the cold from Arizona territory! This $5 Series of 1902 Red Seal from The Globe National Bank is huge news because it is the very … Continue reading

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Second penguin series begins

In early August, Pobjoy Mint announced a second five-coin series celebrating the penguins of the Falkland Islands, long known as the penguin capital of the world. As with the 2017 series, five seven-sided, 27.30 mm, 8.00 g cupronickel 50p will … Continue reading

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China now largest printer of notes

In the bank note printing game, one company rules them all: China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPM). With well over 18,000 employees spread over 10 large, secure paper money factories, this state-owned operation is the biggest security printer in … Continue reading

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New grading idea creates uncertainty

Uncertainty is just as unhealthy for the coin market as is it for that of stocks. Recent discussions about transitioning from a 70- to a 100-point grading system for U.S. coins could trigger harmful uncertainty should this concept begin catching … Continue reading

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Reference catalog not an offer to sell

If you don’t buy or sell coins, why do you publish all those catalogs offering them for sale? Catalogs, like coins, come in varieties. There are two principal varieties of coin catalogs: reference catalogs and sale catalogs. We publish only … Continue reading

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Birch cent on Stack’s Bowers block

A 1792 Birch cent is expected to bring $1 million at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction Oct. 24-26 at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore. Birch cents were minted as an example of what the newly formed U.S. government was considering … Continue reading

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ANS buys medal archive

Archives of the Medallic Art Company have been purchased by the American Numismatic Society. More than 50,000 individual items such as medals, dies, galvanos, plaques, and paper and digital archives were sold to ANS for $420,000 in bankruptcy proceedings of … Continue reading

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Topics many don’t want to think about

Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain are death and taxes. Coin collectors are notoriously averse to thinking about either. How many heirs have contacted me over the years after the passing of a loved one? Too many. They don’t … Continue reading

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1958 Franklin realizes $129,500

Half dollars brought big dollars at the Legend Rare Coins Auction held at the PCGS Members Only Show Sept. 26-27 in Las Vegas, according to Laura Sperber. She said the surprise of the session was when Lot 172, a monster … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver bullion Eagles put in big number

Silver American Eagle bullion coins are hot. In just one week, the Mint has sold 1,010,000 more of them to its Authorized Purchasers. The running tally for the year is now 12,680,000. Check all the bullion coin totals on the … Continue reading

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