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Collectors Craving Variety
Modern-day collectors don’t limit themselves to one particular
category like the traditional collector once did. While 20th and
21st century coin varieties share very few characteristics of older
varieties, collectors have a wide range of coins to choose from, as
Steve Roach writes.
“Some varieties show transitions as the Mint changed designs, such
as the 1992 Close AM Lincoln cents, or reflect mix-ups at the Mint, as
seen on the 1999 American Eagle $5 and $10 gold bullion coins with the
W West Point Mint mark,” Roach writes.
“A key element of a variety’s survival rate can depend on how early
it is detected.”
Coins of All Nations sets feature two hobbies in one
Our resident world coin expert, Jeff Starck, dives into the Franklin
Mint’s coin and stamp sets. Four volumes were issued in the program,
and featured Uncirculated, even Prooflike coins, on postally canceled cards.
Hear Starck’s commentary on the Franklin Mint Program in this week’s
Monday Morning Brief.
How old are the coins in the sets? “The earliest postmark found was
from 1981, but many of the coins actually date to the 1960s or 1970,”
he writes. “The sets were issued heavily until about the mid-1990s.”
Territorial national bank notes
Collectors absolutely swoon for territorial national bank notes.
The field offers notes from the early history of areas before they
became states, which many collectors value. Banks gained national
charters after the National Banking Act of 1863, and the rest is history.
“Banks in 13 territories issued national bank notes in the period,”
starting during the Civil War and extending into the 1930s, William T.
Gibbs writes. Some banks issued notes during the territorial era and
then continued to do the same after statehood was achieved.
Interesting dynamics, indeed.
Chinese investment market continues to grow
The market for unique objects, in coinage as in fine arts, is
For fine art, reports from the TEFAF Art Market report and the
European Art Foundation in the Netherlands both consider public and
private sales when compiling their data but reach differing conclusions.
However, “Both reports agree that China was the biggest-grossing
region in terms of auction sales in 2016,” Steve Roach writes.
The growing interest in fine art in China parallels a growth in
numismatic collecting in the region and American businesses are taking notice.
“Major coin grading services like PCGS and NGC continue to spread
their brands beyond the U.S. with a focus on China.”
One could assume that the outreach will continue to expand.
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