Precious Metals

Aluminum cent ruling announced, bullion 'mule' error discovered

An aluminum 1974-D Lincoln experimental cent is at the center of a legal battle between two men and the government.

Image courtesy PCGS.

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in numismatic insights and news.

Coin World is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week, according to reader metrics. 

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order: 

5. Unattributed auction buy yields new 1798 Draped Bust dollar die marriage: The coin has been consigned to the May 31 to June 3 auction by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles.

4. Internet surfing yields discovery of finest known Sheldon 96 1796 Draped Bust cent: The coin tops the second-finest known piece by more than 50 grade points.

3. Federal government calls in America's gold: In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6102, which prohibited “the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates.” 

2. 'Mule' error discovered in Mexico's Libertad bullion series: Nearly 16 years after it was first issued, a 1999 Mexican Libertad silver bullion coin has been authenticated as bearing the wrong design.

1. California federal judge rules against government in 1974-D aluminum cent case: The court held that it is plausible that the coin could have left the Denver Mint legally.

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, April 3, and 10:18 a.m. ET Friday, April 10.

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