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The Bechtler Legacy In American Numismatics

In 1829, Christopher Bechtler and his son August left Baden, Germany, and emigrated to Philadelphia, where they opened a business as a goldsmith and watchmaker. In 1830, the family moved to Rutherfordton, in western North Carolina. At the time, Rutherfordton … Continue reading

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1797 Large Cents and the Nichols Find

Some coins are important not because they are tougher than expected but because they are more available than might be expected. When that happens there is usually a good reason, which then makes for a very good story. The 1797 … Continue reading

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‘Mayflower’ Products Sail into Market

The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic voyage of the Mayflower. On Nov. 17 the United States Mint is releasing four new products to mark this momentous occasion: a silver proof coin and medal set, two-coin gold … Continue reading

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CSNS Hires New Show Manager

The Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) recently hired coin dealer Larry Shepherd as its new convention manager. Shepherd is a recipient of this year’s Central States Q. David Bowers Award. He began collecting at age 10 and started Simco Numismatics … Continue reading

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Silver to Gold Ratio

Silver to Gold Ratio Everyone must know we’re in tumultuous times with a looming election, COVID-19 uptick in infections, etc. Lots of people are inquiring about bullion. The 1-ounce gold eagle has a denomination of $50, the half-ounce of $25 … Continue reading

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‘S’ Proof Silver Eagles Come and Go

New this week is the 2020-S proof silver American Eagle coin. You will find the listing below in the Collector Eagle Sales chart. The one-ounce Eagle, released Oct. 13 at a price point of $73, is officially off the market, … Continue reading

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eletters Nov. 10, 2020

From the Oct. 16 Numismatic News e-Newsletter Should the U.S. Mint be doing more to facilitate support of the country’s charitable organizations? Here are some answers from our e-Newsletter readers.   No. The U.S. Mint shouldn’t be in the business … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers Opens Flagship Gallery in NYC

Stack’s Bowers Galleries recently opened its new flagship gallery at 470 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the company announced in an Oct. 20 press release. Located just down the block from their historic West 57th Street storefront, this new gallery … Continue reading

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1882 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Good deals are something everyone wants. Dealers and collectors, when they get a chance, will even pay extra to have the first chance to look at a nice collection that has not been seen for years. This is how strong … Continue reading

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Online-Only Mint Ordering

Online-Only Mint Ordering is Prohibitive I have purchased products from the Mint since 1998. First, I did everything by mail and then mail orders were stopped by the Mint. You could only order by telephone or the internet. I then … Continue reading

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