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Collecting Half Dimes: Q. David Bowers on an Interesting and Varied Series

Of the various denominations of silver coins, half dimes are among the smallest series in terms of different dates; they are also the most varied. Over the years, several numismatists have fallen in love with these coins, beginning with Harold P. Newlin, who in 1883 wrote a monograph on the series, complete with a good deal of sentiment—especially toward the rare 1802, obviously his pet silver … [Read More...]

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On Sale Now: 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set

The 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set has gone on sale today, July 21, at noon (EDT) for $16.95 each. These sets have no stated production limit or per-household buying restrictions and are available for purchase on the U.S. Mint’s website. From Mint News Blog, 7/15/15: The set’s coins bear the portraits of four mid-century Presidents: […]

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Portuguese 2 Euro Coin Celebrates 500th Anniversary of First Contact with Timor

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM), or Portuguese Mint, has issued a new two Euro coin marking the 500th anniversary of first contact with its former colony of Timor. An island forming part of Maritime Southeast Asia, Timor is located between the Savu and Timor Seas near the coast of Northeast Australia. First contact […]

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Gold Value Hits Lowest Level in Five Years

Gold prices fell by as much as forty dollars an ounce when Asian markets began trading Sunday at 9:30 pm ET. This initial plunge spurred an overnight sell-off that brought the value of the metal below $1,110 an ounce—its lowest level since 2010, according to CNN Money. Though eventually stabilized by trade in Europe, gold […]

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Original Silver Crown Set Highlights Last Three Kings of Great Britain

The Royal Mint has officially launched a silver three-crown coin set focusing on the last three Kings of the United Kingdom, whose reigns collectively spanned from 1901 to 1952. The three coins are all original crowns previously struck by the Royal Mint and are minted for only one year each. In January 1901, the eighty-three […]

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Man Finds Nazi-Era Coin Hoard Worth 45,000 Euros in Northern Germany

Last October, Florian Bautsch was walking with his metal detector when he stumbled upon an unusual gold piece in Lüneburg, Germany, south of Hamburg. Piqued, he kept searching, eventually discovering nine more of the coins—enough to spur him to notify local archaeologists that he might be on to something big. After a two-week excavation, the […]

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Auberge de Baviere Depicted on New Maltese Gold and Silver Collector Coins

                The Central Bank of Malta has issued two collector coins depicting the Auberge de Bavière. This is the fifth and final in the bank’s series of numismatic coins on surviving auberges of the Knights of St John. These structures are unique to Malta and share an interesting […]

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Numismatic Hall of Fame to Gain Two New Members

The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame will gain two new members at the World’s Fair of Money awards banquet on August 14 in Rosemont, Illinois. James Edward Charlton and David E. Schenkman will be inducted in recognition of their prolific careers as writers and numismatists, joining the elite group of eighty-six inductees previously […]

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On Sale Today: 2015 John F. Kennedy Presidential $1 Coin Cover

The 2015 John F. Kennedy Presidential $1 Coin Cover  has gone on sale today, July 16, at 12 pm (EDT). It has a production limit of 35,000 units and can be purchased for $19.95 at the U.S. Mint’s page for Presidential $1 Coins. From Mint News Blog, 7/10/15: The U.S Mint has announced that it will begin […]

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Gold & Silver Britannia Proof Coin Sets Now Available

The Royal Mint has officially launched their eagerly anticipated gold proof & silver proof Britannia coin sets. Again they include a new rendition of the allegorical figure, Britannia, along with one of the smallest coins currently minted anywhere: the 1/40th gold & silver ounce size. The coins of “Britannia, the Changing Face of Britain” are […]