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Coin Collecting – Hobby or Investment?

October 23, 2017 0 Comments
Coin Collecting – Hobby or Investment?

It is impossible to escape the fever right now – the Dow Jones has broken through 23,000. Everyone is dashing into stocks. After all, since April 2013 the Dow has been breaking records continuously, and the fever for stocks is running high. Remember though, it peaked in October 2007 just over 14,000, and took almost […]

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American Liberty 225th Anniversary Set Hits the Market

October 16, 2017 0 Comments
American Liberty 225th Anniversary Set Hits the Market

October 19, 2017 is the grand finale to the US Mint’s 225th anniversary celebrations. At noon that day the Mint will release the fourth of its special celebratory sets, the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set. This is a set of four silver medals, designed to highlight the four minting facilities currently in use […]

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World War I Centennial Dollar Coin Design Announced

October 10, 2017 0 Comments
World War I Centennial Dollar Coin Design Announced

The USA entered World War I in April 1917, but it was the summer of 1918 before a significant number of troops engaged with the German enemy. So it is that year, 1918, that the US mint has chosen to commemorate with a new silver dollar. The coin itself is not yet available, but on […]

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Panama Canal Commemorative Quarter

October 2, 2017 0 Comments
Panama Canal Commemorative Quarter

The Republic of Panama is a popular destination for winter holidays for many Americans, with over half a million travelling there every year. As well, it is a popular lower-cost choice for long-term stays by those lucky enough to have left the rat-race and retired. So if you are thinking of expanding your coin interests […]

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A Look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

September 27, 2017 0 Comments
A Look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

The steps involved in bringing a new coin into circulation are many. Not only is federal legislation required for every new issue, but all stages of the process must be reviewed, and that is before the technical work of making dies and stamping the coins has even begun. The US Mint once worked in isolation, […]

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The Fascinating History of US $1 Coins

September 21, 2017 0 Comments
The Fascinating History of US $1 Coins

In most countries around the world the basic unit of currency is a coin. Although it was once often a bill, inflation has taken its toll of the purchase value, making it more economically to use coins. Visitors often express some surprise to find the $1 bill still widely used in America, despite its low […]

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America’s First Palladium Coin

September 18, 2017 0 Comments
America’s First Palladium Coin

First there was gold and silver, the traditional precious metals for coins. Then there was platinum, which has now become a third choice, with an increasing number of coins minted in that metal. Now, after a long incubation, the US Mint is about to give birth to its first palladium eagle. The egg has been […]

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First Spouse Gold Coins – Collecting First Ladies

September 11, 2017 0 Comments
First Spouse Gold Coins – Collecting First Ladies

In a time of gender equality, coin collectors too are paying more attention to coins portraying important women. One popular series, with a gender theme, is the First Spouse Gold Coin Program of the US Mint. Although the series has now finished, with 39 coins released between 2007 and 2016, almost all the coins command […]

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European Coin Trading Just Got Complicated

August 28, 2017 0 Comments
European Coin Trading Just Got Complicated

If you like to take your hobby on holiday – and what enthusiast doesn’t – then some changes in German law, that could spread across Europe soon, just made that more difficult. Visiting coin fairs, and doing some buying and selling, is a popular activity for coin collectors. It’s where you get to meet others […]

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Enhanced Un-circulated Coin Set Marks the Mint’s 225th Anniversary

August 15, 2017 0 Comments
Enhanced Un-circulated Coin Set Marks the Mint’s 225th Anniversary

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the founding of the US Mint, which we talked about in a recent blog. To mark the occasion, the Mint has chosen to release its set of uncirculated coins for 2017 in a commemorative box and in an enhanced version. The set was released on August 1, and […]

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Coins Commemorating Authors – a Missing Market?

August 9, 2017 0 Comments
Coins Commemorating Authors – a Missing Market?

Most national mints – and the US Mint is no exception – issue both circulation and commemorative coins in a wide variety of themes. Sportsmen, Presidents, historic figures, and even movie characters all feature on different designs, and in various series. A conspicuous absence is famous writers, who have never found themselves depicted on American […]

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Kennedy Commemorative Coin Will Appear in 2020

July 31, 2017 0 Comments
Kennedy Commemorative Coin Will Appear in 2020

If all goes to plan, another Kennedy coin will be released by the US Mint in 2020. On July 17, 2017, a bill was introduced by Senators Markey and McCain and Representatives McCarthy and Kennedy, calling for 500,000 coins to be minted, with a design recalling President Kennedy’s life and legacy. The Kennedy who co-introduced […]

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America’s One and Only Four-Dollar Coin

July 28, 2017 0 Comments
America’s One and Only Four-Dollar Coin

A four-dollar coin you say? Who ever heard of such a thing? Well coin-collectors certainly have, and it certainly exists. In 1865 France, Switzerland, Italy and Belgium got together to produce a standard coin for exchange between different currencies. It was based on the 20-franc gold coin of 6.45 grams of .9000 gold. Considering the […]

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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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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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