Gold Coin Values Rise on Brexit Fears

With the possibility of the Brexit becoming more realistic, demand for gold coins has been especially strong. Fears are rising on the potential impact of the Brexit, with recent polls suggesting that the ‘leave’ campaign is gaining support as the June 23 referendum approaches. With the future economy of Britain, Europe and the rest of the world […]
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Truth in the Coin Shop

by Jeffrey A. Tucker From the Ludwig Von Mises Institute Website You are uptown in a shopping district of a small community, and you pass by the meat shop, the wine shop, the coffee shop, two churches side by side, a coin shop, an antique store … and hold it right there. A coin shop? This is […]
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A Coin Purchase

by Lelan Rogers From the March, 1970 issue of the Empire State Numismatic Association’s monthly, “The Stater.” “Every collector has a favorite story to tell about an interesting, unusual, or challenging deal. Here is the story of my favorite acquisition, which took place over a six-month period, starting in early spring of 1968. At this […]
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U. S. Mint Error Coins

In any manufacturing process there are bound to be mistakes made. Both human and mechanical errors occur on an irregular basis, resulting in defective products. In most industries these bad parts are caught by quality control inspectors or by the persons responsible for packaging the finished products. When spotted, these rejects are simply destroyed. If […]
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United States Pattern Coinage: A Short Chronology

Produced sporadically since the Mint’s earliest days, patterns drew little attention from anyone outside the Philadelphia facility until 1836, when the Gobrecht dollars first appeared. The closing years of the decade, which witnessed the beginning of the Mint’s own cabinet of coins, saw more Gobrechts produced, along with several half dollar designs. Pattern production then slowed to a trickle […]
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Observations On Proof Coinage

Every field of endeavor has its pinnacle of accomplishment—including the minting of coins. In the realm of numismatics the zenith of applied art and technology is in the manufacture of proofs—those special pieces called the “Caviar of Coinage” by renowned numismatic scholar and author, the late Walter Breen. The term was first used in relation […]
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Coin Urban Legends

Urban Legends are fictional stories that somehow become believed as fact by a segment of the population. Below are some fascinating stories that may or may not be true: In 2001, soon after the release of the North Carolina quarter, it was reported that the coin was being recalled by the U.S. Mint because the […]
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