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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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How High Will Silver Go?

By Richard Giedroyc Silver broke through the $21 an ounce barrier as this commentary was being written, so how high will silver go? Is it really the poor man’s gold? There really isn’t anything further to say that the spot … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 11, 2020

Research Reveals Find Created by Chet Krause Check out this historic find! The steel penny isn’t part of it, it’s just something I picked up at the same time. I started researching and found that this publication’s founder made these. … Continue reading

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Reader’s Showcase: Series of 1929 Notes

By Peter Huntoon Pete Papadeas has been collecting layout varieties on Series of 1929 notes with particular attention to the odd fonts, special symbols, and punctuations used on New Jersey notes. A true prize along these lines that he found … Continue reading

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Proof Silver Eagles Come Out on Top

It was a quiet week as far as new releases go, but for top sellers, silver continues to dominate. The front-runner this week is the 2020-W proof silver Eagle coin. With a hearty week-over-week gain of 18,089, it cracked 300,000 … Continue reading

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