Author Archives: Tom Michael

Legendary 1888 Cocobola Surfaces at Sedwick Auction 27

By Tom Michael With Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC Treasure auctions, you can always expect to find a wonderful selection of silver cobs; those irregular, chunky silver coins produced so quickly and in such quantity through the Spanish mints in the … Continue reading

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SARC Auction 37 Nets $1.85 Million

The folks at Stephen Album Rare Coins bring a substantial base of combined knowledge to the process of cataloging their high quality, diverse consignments. I think also that their bidders tend to be very well versed in the specialized fields … Continue reading

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COVID Business Landscape: Part V

By Tom Michael As we wrap up our look into what changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the coin business, we want to thank everyone who participated, sharing their insights and adaptations so that we might share them with … Continue reading

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Kookaburra Celebrates 30 Years

By Tom Michael  Perth Mint continues their celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Australian Kookaburra with the release on June 2 of a 2-ounce silver proof gilded high relief 2 dollar coin. The high relief with selective gilding is … Continue reading

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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape Part III

By Tom Michael This week we begin the third part of what we thought would be a two-part article. Response from mints and auction houses has continued to arrive. Reports of how business has changed during the pandemic are evolving … Continue reading

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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape, Part II

By Tom Michael Everyone around the globe is adapting their ways of life and work to function as well as is possible during a pandemic. We all need to do our very best in both those areas, even when they … Continue reading

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Forum Spotlights Latest in Coin Technology

By Tom Michael The World Money Fair (WMF) 2020 was proud to host the 16th Annual Technical Forum on Jan. 30, 2020. Sponsored by the firms Agosi, Schuler and Spaleck, this event has grown from a small gathering of technical … Continue reading

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SARC Online Auction 7 Offers Worldwide Variety

By Thomas Michael The crew at Stephen Album Rare Coins wrapped up their seventh online auction on May 4. I’ve been following SARC’s move into the online auction area since their second sale and have greatly enjoyed the diversity of … Continue reading

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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape

By Tom Michael Sometime in April I received a mistaken call from an old colleague at Educational Coin Company. She had dialed my number by accident and left no message, but when I called back to check what was up, … Continue reading

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Pakistan Issues 40 Rupee for Afghan Refugees Conference

By Thomas Michael In conjunction with a four-day visit of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to Islamabad, Pakistan has issued a new copper-nickel 40 rupees circulating coin. An example of the coin was presented to Guterres on the day of … Continue reading

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