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Canada releases the first glow-in-the-dark coin into circulation

July 5, 2017 0 Comments
Canada releases the first glow-in-the-dark coin into circulation

Most coin collectors take what they do seriously, building sets and focusing on the complexities of currency and metals. But there is always room for some fun, and Canada seems to be leading the way with novelties such as colored printing, and now glow-in-the-dark coins. Yes, money that you can find with the lights off. […]

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1/10th oz. Gold American Liberty Proof Coin for 2018

June 26, 2017 0 Comments
1/10th oz. Gold American Liberty Proof Coin for 2018

It was only back on April6, 2017, that the US Mint released a very special Liberty Gold coin. The 2017 1-oz Gold American Liberty High-Relief Proof coin was released to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Mint, and it is only the second time they have struck a gold coin in a $100 denomination. Since […]

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Ozark Riverways Quarter Proof Coins Released by US Mint

June 19, 2017 0 Comments
Ozark Riverways Quarter Proof Coins Released by US Mint

We can tell the year is marching on, because the US Mint just released the third of the five ‘America the Beautiful’ quarters it scheduled for 2017. Released on June 5, this latest addition to a very collectible series features the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. This is the proof coin in the normal metal mix […]

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2017 Proof Set Just Released

June 11, 2017 0 Comments
2017 Proof Set Just Released

The US mint has a number of annual rituals, where specific new coins are released into the hands of waiting collectors. One annual highlight is the release of a proof set of silver coins for the year – the Mint Silver Proof Set. This year June 7 is the official day of release, and the […]

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Platinum Makes A Comeback

May 30, 2017 0 Comments
Platinum Makes A Comeback

Alongside the classic metals for coins, gold and silver, there is a third contender, platinum. There was a time when platinum was cheap, and since it alloys with gold, and has a similar specific weight, it was used by counterfeiters back in the day of the Spanish Empire. The UK was the first country to […]

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2017 American Buffalo Gold Coin Released

May 23, 2017 0 Comments
2017 American Buffalo Gold Coin Released

The annual release of a new American Buffalo Gold Coin has become a small ritual each year since 2006, when the US Mint released the first one. The design of the coin is based on the famous ‘buffalo nickel’ from 1913, designed by James Earle Fraser. That coin was discontinued in 1938, but it was […]

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Time to Think About Presidential Coins

May 15, 2017 0 Comments
Time to Think About Presidential Coins

Now that the Trump Presidency has passed its first one hundred days, this is a good time to reflect on the large number of inauguration medals and commemorative pieces that are on the market. This presidency seems to have provoked significantly more of these items that previous ones, and they are already being collected. Earlier […]

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Time For The Steel Penny?

May 5, 2017 0 Comments
Time For The Steel Penny?

An idea that was in the spotlight a few years ago is back on the floor of Congress. Concern over costs and a desire to Buy American with real American money has brought the idea back. It’s a simple one – make low-denomination coins out of cheaper metals, not the more expensive alloys presently being […]

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Mystery Gold Hoard found in Piano

April 25, 2017 0 Comments
Mystery Gold Hoard found in Piano

Coin collectors will go to considerable lengths to protect their collection, especially if it is bullion and precious metals. A recent story from Great Britain shows just how far one collector – identity unknown – went to protect his or hers. Sadly, whatever the intention, the outcome was almost certainly not what the collector had […]

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The Hunt is on for the Apollo 11 Coin Design

April 16, 2017 0 Comments
The Hunt is on for the Apollo 11 Coin Design

In 2019, it will be 50 years since the first men stepped onto the Moon. It was in 1969 that Neil Armstrong, followed 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin, stepped out of the Apollo 11 space capsule and planted their footprints on the Moon’s dusty surface.  It was as he stepped down that Armstrong spoke […]

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Understanding Coin Finishes

April 6, 2017 0 Comments
Understanding Coin Finishes

The US Mint releases new coins regularly, and within a release there can be several different versions of the same coin, with names like ‘proof’, ‘uncirculated’ and other terms too. If you are a novice coin collector, for pleasure or profit, these terms can be confusing, and since they affect the appearance and value – […]

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US Mint Celebrates Boys Town Centennial

March 20, 2017 0 Comments
US Mint Celebrates Boys Town Centennial

The US Mint has a long tradition of issuing special coins for special events – especially ones in the wider community. This year marks the Centennial of Boys Town, which first opened its doors on December 12, 1917. A Catholic priest, Father Edward Flanagan, working in Omaha, Nebraska started Boys Town as an orphanage, calling […]

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U.S. Mint Wins Two Big Prizes

March 6, 2017 0 Comments
U.S. Mint Wins Two Big Prizes

Recognition of the quality of Federal Mint designs continues to grow. The 46th annual World Money Fair was just held, from the 3rd to the 5th of February, 2017 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. Officials from the United States Mint were there to accept two Coin of the Year Awards (COTY) given […]

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New Lady Liberty Coin Announced

February 7, 2017 0 Comments
New Lady Liberty Coin Announced

For the 225th anniversary of the US Mint, something very special is happening. The mint has just announced that on April 6, 2017 a $100 gold coin will be released that is a first in the history of minted coins in America. This new coin will feature the head of Lady Liberty as an African-American. […]

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‘America The Beautiful’ Quarter-Dollar Series Well Past Midway

January 7, 2017 0 Comments
‘America The Beautiful’ Quarter-Dollar Series Well Past Midway

Now that the Fort Moultrie quarter-dollar has been released, which it was on November 14, 2016, the series is well past half-way. In fact, since this is coin 35 out of a projected total of 56, it is now nearer the two-thirds mark. The last coin will be released in 2021, ending the series. In […]

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