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Royal Mint plucks red poppy again for 2016...
by Jeff Starck For the fifth year in a row, the Royal Mint will issue a £5 coin for Alderney to honor the sacrifice and spirit celebrated on Remembrance Day. The 2016 coin, as with earlier coins, will show the poppy — a widely recognized symbol of remembrance — to honor servicemen and women who have lost their lives in times of war.
Gold Eagle planchet error slabbed, 2017 American...
by Joe O'Donnell Also this week, we profiled the potential of an ancient coin that depicts a structure that still stands, looked back at an unprecedented flood of error notes into U.S. circulation 40 years ago, and got a look at the newly minted 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar.
Federal panels differ on obverses for Proof...
by Bill McAllister The nation’s two coin review panels have taken sharply different stands on how some the nation’s most expensive coins should be designed. Meeting in Washington on two consecutive days, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed 12 sets of proposed obverse designs for platinum coins planned for 2018 to 2020.
Do you know how to tell a genuine 1873 Coronet,...
by Michael Fahey The counterfeit 1873 Coronet, Closed 3 gold $2.50 quarter eagle illustrated here is most likely one of the counterfeits that were produced in the 1960s and 1970s as a way of bringing gold into the United States. Laws that prohibited the importation of gold bullion, while at the same time allowing U.S. gold coins, prompted conversion of tons of gold bullion to fakes...
What a quarter struck on dime thickness stock...
by Scott Schechter In the copper-nickel clad Washington quarter dollar series, only a small number of good die varieties are known. Even so, one coin that arguably should be included in collections of this coinage seldom is. It’s not a die variety, but a Mint error. It’s the 1970-D Washington quarter dollar struck on dime thickness stock. To make coin blanks, pre-formed strips of metal...
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Lightly worn rarities from the first years of the...
by Steve Roach Circulated rarities from the Philadelphia Mint's first years are among highlights in Heritage’s U.S. coin auction Oct. 3 to 5 in Dallas. We present a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar graded Very Fine 25 by Professional Coin Grading Service; a 1796 Capped Bust, No Stars gold $2.50 quarter eagle, PCGS Extremely Fine 45; an 1871-CC Coronet gold double eagle, About Uncirculated...
Flying ambassadors on world coins land in rolls of...
by Bill O'Rourke Almost every time author O’Rourke steps outside his front door, he is greeted by cardinals and blue jays that come right to him if he calls them. The local crows also fly to where he stands, just to say hello. And on those days when he mows the lawn, the black vultures begin circling overhead. He wonders what they may be thinking as they land on his roof, but they...
Seller strikes ‘cardboard gold’ with 1930s coin...
by Jeff Starck A rare coin board established a new price record during an eBay auction that closed Sept. 20. According to specialist and author David Lange, who has tracked the coin collecting board market for years, the rare Earl & Koehler brand coin board sold for $569, more than twice what a similar example sold for previously in a private sale.