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San Francisco finds right mix

White gloved hands and robotic arms. People and technology. The San Francisco Mint seems to have found just the right balance of man and machine. Continue reading

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Some U.S. coins double the honor

Heads or tails, obverse or reverse? Collectors take note of the portrait appearing on the obverse and the legend or device used on the reverse. But a few United States coins feature the same person on both sides of the coin. Continue reading

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Design holds clues for dateless quarter

Is there any way of telling a worn, dateless 1916 quarter from a 1917? Continue reading

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Pride Taken in Anniversary Sets

Monica Barnes will be one of the first to order the special two-coin silver American Eagle proof set when it goes on sale June 7. She has a vested interest in those coins because she is among the staff at the San Francisco Mint that prepared the dies for the presses. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Totals move in small amounts

Buyers of the 2012 clad proof set seem to be quickly satisfied. Demand has fallen to just 18,305 this week to bring the running total to 261,799. At that rate it will take almost four months to double the present number. Continue reading

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Austria sells coin

A new proof-only 20-euro silver coin for “Brigantium” will be offered to collectors June 13 by the Austrian Mint. It is the sixth and final coin in the “Rome on the Danube” set. Continue reading

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Drop in bullion stirs up new ideas

While I would certainly prefer to write about older U.S. coins, I cannot help but pay attention to the greatest overall force in the current coin market. Gold has declined 3 percent over the last month, silver a rather substantial 8 percent and platinum over 3 percent. Continue reading

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Do modern commems intimidate?

For someone just approaching modern commemoratives or even someone who has been collecting them for a long time it might well be time to make some serious decisions about which direction you might be taking with your collection. Continue reading

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Frenzy or not, here Eagle set comes

It is not a Facebook initial public stock offering, but for numismatics, it is close. When the U.S. Mint begins to sell the two-coin silver American Eagle set June 7, everybody who made money on the October sellout of the 25th anniversary American Eagle set and every collector who missed that opportunity will be doing the math and wondering how many sets to buy. Continue reading

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Silver about more than current price

I like ice cream. I tend to eat too much of it. I don’t need the calories. I don’t need the cholesterol, but what would a birthday or anniversary party be without it? Continue reading

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