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Bust dollar variety ID’d by ICG

Independent Coin Graders has confirmed and encapsulated a newly discovered die marriage for an 1803 Large 3 Draped Bust silver dollar that was found in an old collection. The coin has an attractive original surface and is in Very Fine-20 … Continue reading

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Holiday buying lifts Mint product sales

Holiday gift buying is likely pushing up sales of traditional collector favorites like proof sets. This week, the 2014 clad sales number rose by 20,653 to reach 580,325. The 2014 Presidential dollar proof set  added another 6,375 to its running … Continue reading

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Marketing sold Stone Mountain half

The Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar is a coin that might very well not get approved today. It was a different era and people viewed things differently than we do today. That is not to excuse anything, or to draw … Continue reading

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Right to own gold due to Phil Crane

Philip Crane, a former conservative member of Congress who put together a coalition of diverse interests in that body to legalize private gold ownership in 1974, after a 40 year ban, died Nov. 10 at age 84. It was a … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Honor Apollo 11 landing with coin

By Michael A. Olson The 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar landing will occur in 2019. At the time of this writing, Congress has not passed legislation for either of the two open commemorative coin programs … Continue reading

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Newman brings $10 million

Highlighting the fifth sale of coins from the Eric P. Newman Collection by Heritage Auctions Nov. 14-15 was an Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS- 62 Continental dollar struck in brass with the CURENCY misspelling that sold for $440,625. The coin was … Continue reading

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Rationed silver Eagles return to market

As rationing silver American Eagles begins again, the Mint has managed to sell a small amount. On Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, 1,310,000 silver Eagles were sold, bringing the November total so far to 2,570,000. The 2014 Baseball Hall of … Continue reading

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Barber coinage attracts fans

President Theodore Roosevelt called the series of dimes, quarters and halves designed by Charles E. Barber “artistically of atrocious hideousness,” but that’s not stopping determined Barber coin collectors. “I think that the market is nice and strong right now,” Glenn … Continue reading

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Silver American Eagle back on sale

One-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coins went on sale Nov. 17 for the first time since the U.S. Mint said it had run out of the coins on Nov. 5. The Mint had 1,525,000 to allocate (ration) among its Authorized … Continue reading

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How difficult is it to strike coins?

Last week, I described the announced plans of the Middle East terrorist group ISIS to strike and issue gold, silver and copper circulating coinage where the gold and silver coins would trade on the basis of their intrinsic metal value. … Continue reading

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