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Two more wars mean more inscribed notes

By Mark Hotz It appears most of you have enjoyed the past several articles on inscribed currency from my personal collection. The first few have dealt with Civil War-inscribed currency. This month, we will move forward in history, covering the … Continue reading

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Weak silver put in shade by strong Bitcoin

Bitcoin is all the rage. Buyers have taken it to $11,000. Gold is steady, while silver has sagged below $17. With this as background, it is perhaps no surprise that sales of silver American Eagles are weak compared to prior … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Where you stay during conventions matters

By Kevin Foley I read with interest your recent blog commentary on the issue of hotel room pickup as a factor in decision making by convention centers as to whom and when they will offer their facilities to. Those who … Continue reading

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Half dollars grab the spotlight

Half dollars were the stars of October monthly coin production at the U.S. Mint. Denver cranked out another 1.1 million of them. Collectors must be eating them up this year. The Mint sells them by the roll and bag. Does … Continue reading

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U.K.’s round pound demonetized?

The United Kingdom has a new £1coin. The “round pound” or “Maggie” has been demonetized – or has it? Officially, Oct. 15 was the last day on which the coin, first introduced in 1983, was to be accepted as legal … Continue reading

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Many a calendar page has turned

My goodness, where has the year gone? This is the last paper issue of 2017. Next week will see an electronic issue put together. Then comes the Jan. 2, 2018, Florida United Numismatists convention special issue. When the calendar turns … Continue reading

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Albuquerque fall show a success

More than 600 visitors, which included 85 youth and families, attended the annual fall coin show of the Albuquerque, N.M., Coin Club Nov. 10-12 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Show Coordinator and Club Treasurer Rod Frechette credited family and … Continue reading

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Tyrant Collection rarities in Long Beach

Can the world’s most valuable coin collection be assembled without the public knowing about it? The answer is yes – until now, that is. Highlights will go on display at the Long Beach Expo starting Feb. 22-24, 2018, and run … Continue reading

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Thorne lays coins aside for murder

If you read Coins magazine and Numismatic News, then you’ve probably seen Mike Thorne’s byline. Thorne has written many feature articles and a column for Coins, “Basics and Beyond,” which has run for more than 30 years. In addition to … Continue reading

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Quarters sag after state issues

From 1994 to 1998, before the debut of the U.S. state quarter series, the U.S. Mint struck an average of 1.71 billion quarters per year. The popularity of the state quarters, that for the 56 different issues in the 11 … Continue reading

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