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Trekking to private Bechtler Mint in North...
by Q. David Bowers Pursuing his own interests and satisfying his curiosity, geologist and adventurer George W. Featherstonhaugh visited the private Bechtler Mint in Rutherfordton, N.C., in 1837. He penned this account later published in two volumes whimsically titled A Canoe Voyage Up the Minnay Sotor.
Germany announces commemorative honoring artist...
by Jeff Starck Germany will honor painter and printmaker Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix in 2016 with a commemorative silver coin marking the artist’s 125th birth anniversary. The .925 fine silver €20 coin is due for release Nov. 3. Uncirculated examples will be available at face value and Proof examples will be sold at a premium.
Road to change circulating coin designs begins:...
by Beth Deisher During congressional hearings in 1981, the resumption of commemorative coins after a 28-year hiatus was hailed as the much-needed stimulus to bring new collectors into the market. But after the highly successful first two programs were completed, Coin World’s analysis of sales uncovered a surprise.
2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse gold $10 coins on...
by Paul Gilkes Sales by the United States Mint of Proof and Uncirculated 2016-W Patricia Nixon First Spouse gold $10 coins are scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time Feb. 18. The maximum combined mintage of the Proof and Uncirculated versions of the half-ounce .9999 fine gold coins is 10,000 coins. Pricing for the coins, tied to the spot price of gold and subject to change, is...
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2016 Swiss shooting taler medals now available in...
by Jeff Starck A distributor in the United States is offering medals celebrating a Switzerland tradition — sharp shooting festivals. The Swiss tradition of marksmanship was established during the Old Swiss Confederacy, in the 15th century, when festival participants used crossbows in shooting contests. In modern times, every five years a federal shooting festival draws more than...
Clear Mint mark boosts price of Proof 70 Deep...
by Steve Roach Two distinct Mint mark types were used by the San Francisco Mint when striking Proof Anthony dollars in 1981. The Filled S or Type One examples have a blocky S Mint mark with small serifs and oval center loops. The Clear S or Type Two Mint mark has a much clearer S, characterized with a larger serif at the base of the S, a flatter overall appearance and circular...