Author Archives: Tom Michael

RAM Releases Donation Dollar

By Tom Michael The Royal Australian Mint’s Donation Dollar is the world’s first $1 coin designed to be given rather than spent, donated rather than collected. It’s a concept that may seem unusual to collectors. My first impulse upon hearing … Continue reading

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Merna Dudley Remembered

By Tom Michael  Another pillar of early Standard Catalog of World Coins development passed away Sunday, Aug. 23. Merna Dudley worked as the SCWC’s coordinating editor during some of the years when listings were actively being built back in time … Continue reading

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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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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape, Part V

View all installments of the five-part Industry Insider series. 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 … 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 IV

View all installments of the five-part Industry Insider series. By Tom Michael In our first three articles we have shared information on the rise in retail sales for bullion coins and the difficulties arising for mints in acquiring materials and … Continue reading

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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape Part III

View all installments of the five-part Industry Insider series. 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 … Continue reading

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Industry Insider: COVID Business Landscape, Part II

View all installments of the five-part Industry Insider series. 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 … 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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