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The World’s Most Expensive Penny?

November 12, 2018 0 Comments
The World’s Most Expensive Penny?

The recent sale of a Judd-3 1792 Birch cent at auction must represent the extreme opposite of the change in our pockets. A comparative bargain at only $660,000, the penny changed hands at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, held from October 25 to 28, 2018, in Baltimore. The well-known New York coin auction […]

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Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part Two

November 5, 2018 0 Comments
Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part Two

Recently we wrote about collecting small change – the nickels and dimes that are rapidly disappearing from everyday use, with the growth of electronic methods for small purchases. These everyday items remain important for collectors though, and especially if you want to build an interesting collection, full of the history of American life, without investing […]

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‘America The Beautiful’ Quarters of 2018

October 29, 2018 0 Comments
‘America The Beautiful’ Quarters of 2018

With the release of the last ‘America the Beautiful’ Quarter for 2018 just around the corner – on November 13 – this is a good moment to take a look at them, and make sure you have completed your collection for the year. This is a popular series that is easily collected for a modest […]

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Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part One

October 22, 2018 0 Comments
Nickel and Dime Your Coin Collection – Part One

To ‘nickel and dime’ someone might be just a nuisance, or of no significance in everyday life, but coin collectors don’t see it that way at all. Collecting nickels and dimes is a serious business, and for small collectors, or on a limited budget, it’s a great way to build an interesting collection of the […]

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War in the Pacific Silver Bullion Coins

October 15, 2018 0 Comments
War in the Pacific Silver Bullion Coins

One of the upsides of collection bullion coins is the diversity of designs and sources available. You can cover the world with your collection, and open a window into culture, wild-life and history, depending on your interests. Older collectors in particular often gravitate towards World War II, which is still large in their memory, and […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 – Block Island

October 8, 2018 0 Comments
America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 – Block Island

Each year five quarters are released in the on-going America the Beautiful series. There is an odd anomaly about these releases though, because while the set of five circulation-grade coins for 2018 is released on October 10, the last quarter – this year of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge – is not officially released until […]

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Palladium – the Next Gold Rush?

October 1, 2018 0 Comments
Palladium – the Next Gold Rush?

The precious metal markets are fickle – but an interesting feature right now is that the continuing decline in gold and silver is being contrasted by a climb in Palladium prices. It is trading at over $1,000 an ounce, and compared to other metals, looks strong. The future is always unpredictable, but this does give […]

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30 Years of Canadian Platinum Coins

September 24, 2018 0 Comments
30 Years of Canadian Platinum Coins

The Canadian maple leaf is an iconic, and instantly recognizable emblem of Canada, that northern neighbor across the world’s longest open border. It figures prominently in the center of the national red and white flag. More importantly for coin collectors, it also features on the ever-popular Maple Leaf Gold Coins produced by the Royal Canadian […]

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Protect Your Coin Collection – Crime is On the Rise

September 17, 2018 0 Comments
Protect Your Coin Collection – Crime is On the Rise

We hear a lot on the news about Bitcoin thefts, but regular coins can be stolen too – and they increasing are being stolen, by skilled gangs or individuals, who rob coin dealers stores, steal collections, and scam buyers with counterfeit coins. Have you ever heard of the NCIC? If you haven’t then you probably […]

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Proof Palladium Eagle Hits the Market

September 10, 2018 0 Comments
Proof Palladium Eagle Hits the Market

In September of last year, 2017, the US Mint released its first palladium coin, following seven years of persistence by collectors. Coins of precious metals have been made of gold or silver for centuries, but for several decades now mints around the world have been issuing bullion and proof coins in other metals, such as […]

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Designs for the American Legion Commemorative Coin Revealed

September 3, 2018 0 Comments
Designs for the American Legion Commemorative Coin Revealed

The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans of World War I, and its continuing power and influence is reflected in the fact that the US Mint is issuing not one, not two, but three coins to commemorate the Legion’s 100th Anniversary in 2019. The designs were revealed at the Legions national convention on […]

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Cumberland Island ‘America the Beautiful’ Quarter Release

August 27, 2018 0 Comments
Cumberland Island ‘America the Beautiful’ Quarter Release

Cumberland Island National Seashore is one of the most ecologically diverse places in America. So its appearance on the latest in the on-going America the Beautiful Quarters® series is especially significant, in these times of climate fears and growing pressure for action. Cumberland Island National Seashore preserves most of Cumberland Island, the most southern of […]

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New Presidential Silver Medals Series Released

August 20, 2018 0 Comments
New Presidential Silver Medals Series Released

Coin collectors often collect more than coins, and Mints make more than money. Various commemorative medals have long been created by the US Mint, and these allow collectors to build series, which when completed have more value as a set than the sum of their individual values. They can also provide a way of building […]

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Squaring the Circle – Proposals for a Square Coin

August 13, 2018 0 Comments
Squaring the Circle – Proposals for a Square Coin

Today you have to put in some air-miles to find a square coin being used in circulation. Perhaps the nearest, and most likely to have been seen by an American collector, is the square 15 cents used in the Bahamas. They haven’t been made since 1992, but they are still in circulation, and could easily […]

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Innovators $1 Coin Process Runs Aground

August 6, 2018 0 Comments
Innovators $1 Coin Process Runs Aground

We talked back in June about the upcoming new $1-coin release that has been legislated, and back then it seemed that everything was moving along on schedule. But now, following the meeting of the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee on July 31, to review the proposed designs, things have become a bit unstuck. It seems the […]

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