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Cistophori of Roman emperor Hadrian began with...
by David Vagi The reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117 to 138) was extraordinary in many ways, not the least of which was coinage. His provincial issues are intriguing. Chief among the coins that Hadrian struck in the provinces were silver cistophori — large, silver coins he produced in two distinct phases.
Another potential Harriet Tubman portrait for new...
by Arthur L. Friedberg The many renditions of what abolitionist Harriet Tubman may look like on the new $20 have been remarkably consistent, mainly because so few actual photos of her are known, all of them from late in her life. That's how this one is different.
Pattern silver medal from magazine competition...
by Jeff Starck Pattern pieces, and their unofficial brethren, fantasies, can be found all over the world, as the process to select and adopt new designs follows a similar linear path in most places. One famous fantasy piece from Australia is offered as part of Downies Australian Coin Auctions’ sale No. 323, scheduled for March 15 to 17.
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Collectors will be paying lower prices for some 2017...
by Paul Gilkes Prices for three annual numismatic products to be released in 2017 by the U.S. Mint will be lower than the prices for 2016 editions of the sets, because the 2017 products will not contain Presidential dollars, for the first time in a decade. The 10-year Presidential $1 Coin Program was completed in 2016. The sets that are affected by the price reductions include various...
Start of the ANA foreshadowed in recently sold...
by Steve Roach Plain Talk was a relatively humble New York publication that focused on various hobbies including numismatics. Numismatic editor Charles T. Tatman asked in the March 1891 issue, “Why should there not be an American Numismatic Association?”