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Silver medals win commemorative race

If I declare silver medals the wave of the future at the U.S. Mint, would you believe me? I cannot help but come to this conclusion after comparing initial sales numbers for the World War I Centennial commemorative program and … Continue reading

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Colonial copper tops Kagin’s sale

Higley copper or $1,000 bill? Which lot would you have been bidding on had you attended Kagin’s American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show Auction March 8-9 in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas? Both are rare. Both are expensive. The … Continue reading

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Who buys new bags of Kennedy half dollars?

Tomorrow, the United States Mint will begin to sell rolls and bags of uncirculated 2018 half dollars from Philadelphia and Denver. A 200-coin bag ($100 face value, half from each mint) is priced at $139.95. A two-roll set is $32.95. … Continue reading

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New office, new desk, new start

The Numismatic News office is moving. After more than 65 years in Iola, Wis., the relocation will take it a half hour down the highway to neighboring Stevens Point. Yesterday, the April 3 issue went to press. In it are … Continue reading

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Do collectors want to be in the pink?

Today the Breast Cancer Awareness gold $5 coin goes on sale. Making it special is its pink gold color. To achieve this, the Mint had to reduce the gold fineness from the standard .900 to .850. The alloy that makes … Continue reading

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Red Book release set for Baltimore show

My first Red Book was the 1965 edition. I read it from cover to cover, memorizing mintages and prices. The 2019 edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins, which is the formal title, is set for release March … Continue reading

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Trip to Philadelphia Mint will pay dividends

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made an under-the-numismatic-radar trip to the Philadelphia Mint on Feb. 22. Though Treasury secretaries are in overall charge of the U.S. Mint, they seldom are seen by collectors touring the production sites. Last year, Mnuchin made … Continue reading

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What’s the top fake coin on a list of 50?

Collectors of Lincoln cents might feel as if they are flying under the radar of Chinese counterfeiters. However, there is more than one way to fake a rarity. Long before China got into the fakery business, added mintmarks were the … Continue reading

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Ready, set, jump back into silver – or not?

What’s a bargain price for silver that would make you jump into the market and buy a significant quantity? When I checked the Kitco website this morning, the price per ounce was $16.39. This is down from the $17.06 figure … Continue reading

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ICTA wins another one for coin buyers

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has notched another sales tax win. Congratulations. Alabama becomes the 37th state to exempt sales of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion and money, ICTA’s David Crenshaw reports. Numismatic commerce can blossom thanks to … Continue reading

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