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Kagin’s Auctions tells entertaining story of Emperor Norton

A favorite numismatic tale is retold in the auction catalog of Kagin’s Auctions for its Sept. 21 Santa Clara Expo Coin and Stamp Show West Coast Sale. The sale will feature a 50-cent bond of Emperor Norton I, Emperor of … Continue reading

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NGC shows off new reverse proof error half dollar

Hooray for NGC for finding and photographing the new reverse proof 2018-S half dollar error coin. Here it is with a normal reverse proof. Notice how white the field is of the normal reverse proof half dollar. A reader previously … Continue reading

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Will it be success or failure in new coin season?

If you don’t like the measurement, change the yardstick. The autumn coin collector season is now under way. Some measure its beginning from the annual American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, which this year was held in the middle … Continue reading

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100 coins, 100 ceremonies

The U.S. Mint continues to do its part by holding events that help coin collecting grow. Yesterday, it joined the National Park Service to unveil the Cumberland Island National Seashore quarter in Kingsland, Ga. This is the fourth design of … Continue reading

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White House summit medal attracts interest

What do you know about the White House summit souvenir issued to mark the meeting of President Donald Trump and North Korean lead Kim Jong-un in June in Singapore? I have not followed this. It is a product offered at … Continue reading

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Take a peek at my email

Email is a wonderful way of communicating, but some days I just have to shake my head. Today is one of them. For the second time, I have received an email from someone who says he had worked in the … Continue reading

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Auction results prove average is a winner

The GreatCollections.com Internet auction firm’s Aug. 26 sale has proven that average collectors can make a fortune. The key is to be aware of changing collector preferences, buy the best, and have time to watch the investment grow. Ruth Weinberg’s … Continue reading

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Fate of cent back in the spotlight?

Here we go again. A story posted online the other day likely will help set up the next boxing match that we coin collectors will all watch avidly. In the left corner, the returning heavyweight champion of the world, the … Continue reading

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Mintmarks off, mintmarks on; who keeps it straight?

What would a late summer morning be without familiar numismatic topics? Yesterday, it was Lincoln cents. Today, a typed letter came my way via snail mail with a question about mintmarks on Roosevelt dimes. The collector who wrote found a … Continue reading

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Are your album holes for 2009 cents still empty?

When I was a kid working on my first Lincoln cent set, the spot for the 1955-S stayed empty for a very long time. It was frustrating. The 44,610,000-piece mintage made it scarcer than the other cents of that year, … Continue reading

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