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Boston time capsule opening announced, Trade dollars counterfeited

A time capsule found in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House building and undergoing examination and conservation work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Image courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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. Silver U.S. coins, and varieties, can still be found by looking through rolls of coins: As we enter 2015, Bill O'Rourke is truly excited to add the following finds to his collection. 

4. 1972 and 1973 'penny bags' once offered by U.S. Mint, an inexpensive collectible today: Scott Schecter's 'Making Moderns' column looks back at a curious product formerly offered by the U.S. Mint.

3. U.S. Mint making Proof 2015-W silver American Eagles available for more customers during FUN Show: There will be no bulk discounts for show purchases, and no prepurchased or committed inventory for bulk dealers.

2. U.S. Trade dollar series remains one of the most heavily counterfeited among U.S. coins: Two or three counterfeit Carson City Mint Trade dollars exist for every genuine example.

1. When are they going to open the Boston time capsule and see what's inside?: It was announced on Dec. 23 that the opening will take place during a press conference in January.

Keep up with's top stories as they are published:

Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, Dec. 26, and 9:55 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2.

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