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Sunken treasure or just a good story?

An historic shipwreck with some silver coins amid the debris allows us to begin the week with dreams of sunken treasure. An online report posted by the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, says that the wreck of the Pulaski possibly … Continue reading

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Age of bullion coins might be passing

A bullion coin is supposed to be widely recognized as a specific amount of precious metal. This makes it instantly acceptable to potential buyers and therefore convenient to use. For anyone it is much less bother than being presented with … Continue reading

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Will World War I medal sets stay sold?

No awards for patience go to buyers of new coin issues from the Mint. Rapid sellouts have become the norm. Yesterday’s offer of the two-piece sets pairing a World War I proof dollar with five different medals is the latest … Continue reading

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Mint looks to silver medals for its future

The path to the future is paved with silver for the United States Mint. Two new silver medal programs are coming. Yesterday, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee were briefed on the details. The Mint likes Presidents. The dollar … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson likely wins battle

If Las Vegas was laying odds about who will be depicted on the redesigned $20 Federal Reserve Note, Andrew Jackson would most likely be the safe bet. I know former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew promised to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman … Continue reading

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Ultimately, responsibility rests with coin collectors

Are you a member of a coin club? You should be. At the very least, you should be a member of the national collector organization, the American Numismatic Association. I cannot tell you the number of times that coin collectors … Continue reading

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Tell me when you spot 2018 coins

Have you found a 2018-dated coin yet? Usually the first coin spotted in circulation is a cent because so many are manufactured each year. But times could be changing. I had a theory throughout my 40-year career that coins appeared … Continue reading

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Gold and silver Eagle buyers level-headed

Bullion coin sales have begun at the U.S. Mint. Are sales hot, cold or tepid? You be the judge. For the gold American Eagles, the one-ounce coin shows 20,500 coins sold. Last year, the figure for the entire month was … Continue reading

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Knowledge worth more than gold

Errors took the top trophy at the Florida United Numismatists exhibit awards. I congratulate the winner, Patrick Glassford, on his exhibit, “Canadian Wrong Planchet Strikes.” He won the Best of Show Award. The last 12 months have been a year … Continue reading

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Heritage Auction and I’m looking at what?

The Heritage Auctions U.S. coin auction in Tampa realized $39,238,170. The sale dates were Jan. 3-5 and Jan. 7-8. While buyer’s are probably grumbling about a 20 percent buyer’s premium, it certainly makes figuring out hammer prices much easier for … Continue reading

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