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Item of the Week: 1870-S Half Dime

Louis Eliasberg, Sr. thought he had done the impossible when he acquired a unique 1873-CC no-arrows dime back in 1950. He thought he had, with the purchase of the 1873-CC no-arrows dime, completed a United States coin collection having every … Continue reading

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Once Leading Way, Morgans Now Mixed Market

Bullion and bullion-impacted coins continue to struggle as both gold and silver continue their slow yet modest decline. Generally available, yet collectible coins appear to be distancing themselves from bullion-impacted coins in value. There are weak spots in this area … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: WWII, Mayflower, Ornaments, Oh My!

With the release of an almost-dizzying number of products, you will find quite a few additions to this week’s charts. Of note are the bags and rolls of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve quarter, the Mighty Minters and U.S. Mint … Continue reading

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Simpson Quarter Nets $630,000

Appearing at auction for just the second time in 113 years, a coveted 1807 Draped Bust quarter, the finest-known example of the type, ex: Stickney-Clapp-Eliasberg, brought a record-breaking $630,000 from the Bob R. Simpson Collection at Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins … Continue reading

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Numismatic Gifts Have Enduring Value

My grandfather Louis Heller was one of those who inspired me to become a coin and paper money collector.  Before he died in the 1980s, he gave me a cigar box of inexpensive foreign coins from his collection. There weren’t … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers Acquires Coins in Motion

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has acquired a business named Coins In Motion LLC, it announced Nov. 18. The patent-pending Coins In Motion technology creates high-resolution animations that “accurately capture the in-hand visual appeal of coins and bank notes in a manner … Continue reading

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Ghana Coin and Bank Note Trade Deemed Illegal

If you’ve ever considered becoming a coin dealer in Ghana, you might want to think twice.  The Bank of Ghana, the African nation’s central bank, recently announced it is illegal to profit from buying or selling the nation’s coins or bank notes. In an Oct. … Continue reading

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Spink to Offer Sarawak 1945 Small Change Notes

On Jan. 15, during Spink’s NYINC World Banknotes Sale, highly collectable examples of all three known denominations of Sarawak 1945 small change notes will be of offer: 1 cent, 5 cents and 10 cents. Their provenance could not be better: … Continue reading

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Mint Issues 2020 Ornaments

While many of us have turkey on the brain, the U.S. Mint has been busy readying and taking orders for its 2020 holiday ornaments, both of which became available to collectors Nov. 20. The 2020 Mighty Minters Ornament features Mighty Minters … Continue reading

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A Message from United States Mint Director David J. Ryder

Editor’s Note: The following message from David J. Ryder, U.S. Mint director, regarding the Mint’s numismatic program was posted on its website Nov. 18.   Dear Mint Customers, I want to take this opportunity to speak to you about the … Continue reading

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