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A Simple Guide to Coin Grading

July 15, 2019 0 Comments
A Simple Guide to Coin Grading

For coin collectors, the most valuable coin is always the one that has just been stamped. Perfect, with no scratches, nicks or marks, with a uniform finish, and with clear, crisp designs and inscriptions. The more time a coin has spent in someone’s pocket, the less it is worth. No matter how valuable a rare […]

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Rare 1876-CC twenty-cent coin for sale

July 8, 2019 0 Comments
Rare 1876-CC twenty-cent coin for sale

The American Numismatics Association (ANA) is the most prestigious coin society to belong to, and its annual ‘World’s Fair of Money’ is a great event for any collector to visit. If you are still making plans for an August vacation, consider a few days in Chicago, and drop into the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center […]

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US-Canada Pride of Two Nations Coin Set

July 1, 2019 0 Comments
US-Canada Pride of Two Nations Coin Set

The normally close relationship between America and its northern neighbor, Canada, has been under strain in recent years, with each country working from very different political playbooks. But in the coin world all is rosy, and to make that point the US Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint have got together for a first. They […]

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Great Britain “The Gold Standard” Coin

June 24, 2019 0 Comments
Great Britain “The Gold Standard” Coin

With gold prices showing an upsurge because of trade uncertainties, many collectors are looking around to add gold to their collections. The American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins remain top of the list, but it can be worth looking further afield. The Royal Mint, which issues sterling, the currency of the United Kingdom, […]

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War in the Pacific National Park Quarter Released

June 10, 2019 0 Comments
War in the Pacific National Park Quarter Released

Five times a year we get the pleasure of welcoming a new quarter in the ‘America the Beautiful’ series, that has been running since 2010, and still has a couple of years to go. 2019 is also the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and it worked out weel that the 48th […]

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Canadian $2 Circulation D-Day Commemorative

June 3, 2019 0 Comments
Canadian $2 Circulation D-Day Commemorative

2019 is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing, that liberated Europe from the grip of fascism. It is worth remembering that American troops weren’t the only North Americans on the beaches that day, and the Canadian Mint is reminding everyone that there were Canadians there too. Of the 150,000 troops who came ashore at […]

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American Legion – Silver Dollar and Medal Set Released

May 27, 2019 0 Comments
American Legion – Silver Dollar and Medal Set Released

We already looked in some detail recently at the three coins being released by the US Mint to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. These coins – a silver dollar, a gold 5-dollar coin, and a clad half-dollar, feature designs drawn from both the history of the Legion, and the […]

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Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins

May 20, 2019 0 Comments
Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins

Austria is a small European country that rarely makes it into the news. The last remaining part of what was once the large and important Austro-Hungarian Empire, this country does many to make it onto one list that is important to coin collectors – it rates third in the world for top-selling bullion coins. Many […]

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Presidential Silver Medals

May 13, 2019 0 Comments
Presidential Silver Medals

The US Mint has long produced not just currency, but other items in precious metals too. The most typical are medals – coin-like discs, usually made from bronze, silver or gold, and stamped to at least the same quality as proof coins. Medal collecting is an interesting specialty within the coin-collecting world, and even more […]

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Pieces of Eight – the First International Currency

May 6, 2019 0 Comments
Pieces of Eight – the First International Currency

I don’t know about you, but for me the words, ‘pieces of eight’, immediately conjure up images of pirates, preferably with a sword in their teeth and a parrot on their shoulder, treasure maps, and buried chests of bullion. But there is a more serious history to this coin, more formally known as the Spanish […]

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Rare Kennedy Half Dollar Sold for Record Price

April 29, 2019 0 Comments
Rare Kennedy Half Dollar Sold for Record Price

In a few short years – by 2023 – it will be 60 years since the assassination of President Kennedy. That anniversary is sure to see renewed interest in the tragic shooting, and that interest was probably reflected in the recent record sale of an original Kennedy half-dollar. The sale took place on April 25, […]

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Antique Coins – the Thaler

April 22, 2019 0 Comments
Antique Coins – the Thaler

Every wondered where the word ‘dollar’ comes from? The answer opens a door into the history of coins, and it reminds us that the past has been around a long time. Antique coins are great collectors’ items, and it is easy to become a specialist in one particular era, or type of coin. So back […]

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400th Mayflower Anniversary Coin Designs Revealed

April 15, 2019 0 Comments
400th Mayflower Anniversary Coin Designs Revealed

Coin collectors always wait eagerly for the release of important commemorative coins, and in the history of America there can be few events more worthy of commemoration than the landing of the Pilgrims, in 1620 – 400 years ago next year. The coin designs releases by the Mint to narrow down to the final choices […]

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Liberty on American Coins

April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Liberty on American Coins

There is without doubt one enduring symbol on American coins – Liberty. This founding principle of the Union has a long history personified as a woman, going back to the ancient Romans, who depicted the principle of freedom as a woman, Libertas. In 1793, at the height of the French Revolution, Notre Dame Cathedral in […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters – American Memorial Park

April 1, 2019 0 Comments
America the Beautiful Quarters – American Memorial Park

As part of the on-going America the Beautiful Quarter series, April sees the release of the second coin for 2019, which steps outside continental USA, and goes to the remote Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a group of 14 islands in the Pacific, near Guam, which has been administered by the US since the […]

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