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Silver Eagle sales rise in May

Authorized Purchasers’ orders of silver American Eagles rose during the month of May, topping sales totals for March and April. May’s purchases amounted to 4,498,500 silver Eagles, easily besting March’s 4,106,000 and April’s 4,072,000, but falling short of topping February’s … Continue reading

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2016 Coin and Currency Set arrives June 16

Has the Mint learned how to market the annual coin and currency sets? Collectors will know when the third release arrives June 16. The 2016 Native American Dollar Coin and Currency Set will include an enhanced uncirculated 2016-S Native American … Continue reading

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Find best coin buys by formula

What are today’s best values in numismatics in terms of future appreciation prospects? On the other side, which numismatic items seem to be overvalued now and, therefore, have the poorest potential future gains, or even the possibility of price declines? … Continue reading

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Gold half ounce not cutting it?

Is gold Eagle buyer interest shifting towards the one- and tenth-ounce sizes? From May 18 to 25, the Mint reported a net return of 5,000 half-ounce gold Eagles. At the same time, the Authorized Purchasers ordered 17,000 one-, 8,000 quarter- … Continue reading

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$100 rarity tops Knight’s Memphis

Described as the “prize of any collection,” an 1863 “Spread Eagle” $100 Legal Tender Note leads the offerings in Lyn Knight Currency Auctions’ upcoming sale in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Memphis International Paper Money Show. The rarity, one of … Continue reading

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National Bank Note circulation peaked in 1932-1933

By Jamie Yakes and Peter Huntoon The purpose of the National Bank Act was to create a new form of currency. To that end, organizers of national banks were required to take out circulation by the initial legislation. Prior to … Continue reading

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Could the German collector become extinct?

By Richard Giedroyc The private collector is under fire in Germany. Not just the coin collector but the collector of many antique or fine art objects. The problem is the German Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Proposals to … Continue reading

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China to replace yuan note with coin

By Richard Giedroyc Outside of U.S. Congress most people worldwide will agree a coin will outlast a bank note of the same denomination by years, resulting in saving production and material costs. The People’s Republic of China is the latest … Continue reading

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2016 uncirculated mint set racks up sales

Four days after it went on sale May 18, the Mint had tallied sales of 127,489 for the 2016 uncirculated coin sets. This start puts it on track to match the sales level achieved by the 2015 set, which presently … Continue reading

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Chops change value, affect grading

Chopmarks on Trade dollars may increase their value, but only for certain dates and if the eye appeal is there. Trade dollars were minted from 1873 to 1885, though only as proofs from 1879 to 1885. Many of the business … Continue reading

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