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Coin Finds: Morgan and Hobo Silver Dollars

My friend gave me a box with some silver dollars in it: Morgan and Hobo silver dollars. There is an 1881-CC, 1885-CC, and an 1886-O. This is the first time I have ever heard of these coins. Dale Bowman Hebron, … Continue reading

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U.S. Mint Announces Designs for the Two Bush Coins

On July 28, The United States Mint officially announced the designs for the George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 coin and the Barbara Bush First Spouse gold coin. Public Law 116–112 authorizes the Mint to strike and issue these coins. The … Continue reading

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U.S. Mint Asks Dealers for Coin Forecasts

By Richard Giedroyc Silver rather than gold is where the action is! Gold bullion and readily available business strike gold coins prior to 1933 are holding their own following a significant price run-up to an all-time record for gold. It … Continue reading

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Record High Gold Price?

This week, the price of gold reached an all-time high price against the U.S. dollar. It closed Wednesday this week on the COMEX at $1,953.50 per troy ounce, well above even intraday gold prices during the previous peak in September … Continue reading

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Detecting Counterfeit Coins in Fake Slabs

Is there any way to reliably detect counterfeit coins that have been put into fake slabs? The saying “buy the coin, not the slab” still holds true. It may be more difficult to determine if a coin is a fake … Continue reading

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Chinese ‘Spring Dollar’ Nets $660,000 at Heritage Sale

A China 1910 Yunnan silver dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized a whopping 660,000 USD at a Heritage Auctions sale on June 12, 2020. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for any Chinese coin, the … Continue reading

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The 1794 Half Cent

There are a lot of interesting questions to be raised about the 1794 half cent, and in some cases the only one who can answer the question is you. That makes the 1794 half cent a piece that no two … 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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Modern $5 Gold – Even on a Budget

By Mark Benvenuto The United States Congress brought a commemorative coin program back to life in 1982 in a quiet, almost simple sort of way. They authorized a single half-dollar coin honoring the 250th anniversary of the birth year of … Continue reading

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Stone Mountain Half a Reminder of Institutionalized Racism

By Robert Grand  Great art is timeless, but also inevitably tied to the time in which it was produced. Many coins are miniature works of art and as such, reveal the ideals and prejudices of the time in which they … Continue reading

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