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Grading revolution in 1986 changes hobby with...
by Beth Deisher One milestone being celebrated this year stands above all others in terms of profound change to the U.S. coin market: launch of the Professional Coin Grading Service on Feb. 3, 1986. Inconsistency in grading and whether to use words or numbers to describe the surface condition or “grade” of a coin dominated the headlines of the 1980s.
New steam machinery brings Dragon dollar design to...
by Jeff Starck Nearly a century after the steam technology altered the course of British coinage, modernization came to Chinese coins. Machinery, dies and other equipment were ordered from the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England, arriving in China in 1888. When it opened in 1889, the Kwangtung Mint facility became the first Chinese mint to use modern technology.
ICTA calls revisions to Minnesota law a good...
by Philip Diehl The Minnesota Bullion Coin Dealer Law passed three years ago covered all coin dealers and regulated transactions that occurred entirely outside of Minnesota, and dealers found it impossible to determine which consumers and transactions were regulated under the law. Two years and hundreds of hours of work by ICTA led to enactment last May of legislation that...
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How many people attended the 2016 ANA World’s...
by Jeff Starck Though overall attendance at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, conducted Aug. 9 to 13 in Anaheim, Calif., was down from 2015, one bright spot emerges. The number of Boy and Girl Scouts in attend­ance at the 2016 show was 240, compared to 46 for the 2015 convention in Rosemont, Ill.
Large, uniface bronze medal celebrates Zahir Shah
by David T. Alexander The 76.7-millimeter uniface bronze medal shown is something of a mystery. It presents a high-relief facing bust of an intent-looking gentleman of mature years with no identification except for an ornate Tughra or royal signature placed against the right rim. Research reveals that the portrait is that of the last king of Afghanistan, Muhammad Zahir Shah (ruled 1933...
Secondary market prices rise after quick American...
by Paul Gilkes In just six minutes Aug. 23, the United States Mint received enough orders to reach the maximum product limit of 12,500 each for its Proof 2016-S and 2016-W American Liberty silver medals. Secondary market prices for the medals are already climbing. Within minutes of the sellout, the medals were trading at about $100 each on dealer trading networks. Individual medals...