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Order time for 2015 coins

Which product should the Mint put on sale first in 2015? You are correct if you guessed the 2015 proof silver American Eagle. Proof silver Eagles are perennial favorites that have even eclipsed proof sets as annual staples of collector … Continue reading

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New dawn for Cuban coins?

The national news media is focused on cigars. News that diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba after over 50 years have numismatists looking at something else. I have already had an email wondering if the restrictions on online trading … Continue reading

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Law strikes blow against counterfeiters

Can the problem of counterfeit coins manufactured in China and shipped to the United States be eliminated? Congress just increased the weaponry available to defeat the menace. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets announced that the Senate passed legislation Dec. … Continue reading

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Two kinds of Exodus

Headlines this morning make an interesting pairing. The Russian ruble is falling dramatically. It was down 13 percent yesterday. It is down another 10 percent as this is written. The ruble has lost 56 percent of its value since the beginning … Continue reading

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Current coins safe for now

The Mint wants more time to come up with alternative compositions for U.S. coinage. Financially, it has that time. Thanks to rebounding quarter mintages, seigniorage profits to the Treasury are once again rising despite the losses taken on cent and nickel … Continue reading

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Austria climbs to top with COTY

Congratulations to the Austrian Mint for winning the 2015 Coin of the Year Award. Word went out this morning via the Friday Edition of the Numismatic News e-newsletter that a gold 50-euro Austrian coin honoring painter Gustav Klimt was voted … Continue reading

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Holders of cash can negotiate price

Price guides have always been popular. They help newcomers get a sense of values. They help longtime collectors keep generally abreast of market movements. However, whether they are retail price guides or wholesale price guides, they are not like stock … Continue reading

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Seeds of desire

I have taken the time to browse through the latest U.S. Mint sales catalog that arrived in my home mailbox recently. It is a holiday offering called “2014 Gift Ideas.” The cover shows photographs of the silver American Eagle, the … Continue reading

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Impressed by records?

The wait for a new record number of 2014 silver Eagle sales that I mentioned yesterday lasted only until the Mint posted its most recent sales figures. The current number is 42,864,000. Next week the Mint expects to run out … Continue reading

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2014 silver Eagles almost gone

It is the last month of the year and the U.S. Mint is about to run out of U.S silver American Eagle bullion coins. On Friday, the Mint notified its Authorized purchasers that it expects to run out of the … Continue reading

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