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  • US Mint To Remove Household Limits on 50th Anniversary Kennedy Sets

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    14 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The United States Mint has announced that they will be lifting the household ordering limits on the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set and Silver Coin Collection effective Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM. This year, the US Mint created three separate products to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar. The Uncirculated Coin Set containing two clad coins with an uncirculated finish went on sale July 24. Initially, the sets were offered with an ordering limit of five sets per household and without a stated product limit. A product limit of 200,000…
  • 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

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    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Today, November 20, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales for the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set. The set provides a “distinctive pairing” of the 2014 Native American Dollar and a 2013 $1 Federal Reserve Note. The set is created around the theme from the 2014 Native American Dollar, which commemorates how native hospitality helped to ensure the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The reverse design of the coin includes a portrayal of a Native American man offering a pipe while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn, roots, and gourds. The…
  • Enhanced Uncirculated $1, New World Coins and Popular News

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    Rhonda Kay
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    A shortened week of coin news is here with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. The United States Mint is taking a break from releases -- not only for this week but until mid-December, per its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An auction hunter’s lesson

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    scott
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Over the weekend I attended an estate auction that included coins for sale. While my new business venture concentrates on all vintage collectibles, I am still a collector and continue to look for those interesting items and the good coins to add to my collection. As I was looking over the lots I noticed one [...]
  • MORE that "the scholars said"

    Ancient Coin Collecting
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Annointed scholar David Knell expressed an erudite opinion on a recent Paul Barford blog regarding the prices realized at a recent auction of artifacts owned by the St. Louis Society, a chapter (at least at the moment) of the American Institute of Archaeology: "Well, if it's any consolation to Donna Yates, the other lot she mentioned (Lot 149: Zapotec Figural Urn) sold for only $3,750, well within the original $3,000–5,000 estimate. I suspect that the doubling of the price for Lot 156 (Maya Effigy Vase) was motivated more by the fact that it is 'prettier' (the art market being shallow…
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  • Enhanced Uncirculated $1, New World Coins and Popular News

    Rhonda Kay
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    A shortened week of coin news is here with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. The United States Mint is taking a break from releases -- not only for this week but until mid-December, per its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold, Silver Up for Second Week; US Mint’s Silver Coins Return

    CoinNews.net
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Gold, silver and platinum advanced for a second straight week while palladium scored a first weekly gain in three. Gold for December delivery tacked on $6.80, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,197.70 an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • BEP Accepting Applications for Free Currency Readers

    Mike Unser
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    Citizens and legal residents of the United States who are blind or visually impaired can now request a free currency reader from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). An application form for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Complete Set of 2014 Young Collectors Super Powers Coins

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    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Six unique coins depicting six different superheroes could make for an ideal gift for a youngster -- especially when they are grouped together and presented within a superpowers-themed coin... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold Dips for Second Day, US Mint Sales Rise

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    20 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Gold prices settled lower for a second straight session on Thursday but the metal remains poised for a modestly weekly gain. Gold for December delivery shed $3, or 0.3%, to end at $1,190.90 an ounce... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • An auction hunter’s lesson

    scott
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Over the weekend I attended an estate auction that included coins for sale. While my new business venture concentrates on all vintage collectibles, I am still a collector and continue to look for those interesting items and the good coins to add to my collection. As I was looking over the lots I noticed one [...]
  • No Internet sales tax for you

    scott
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Although the numismatics industry generates millions of dollars per year, it is dominated by small businesses. You can see this by going to any show and with the exception of the major auction and bullion companies, the vast majority of the dealers you see on the bourse floor are small businesses. Numismatics may be one [...]
  • Come get your cheap Kennedy gold coins!

    scott
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every Thursday morning, the U.S. Mint looks at the afternoon London Fix price of gold and adjust their bullion-related coins based on their published tables. This morning, the U.S. Mint adjusted prices after noting that the afternoon London Fix priced gold at $1,145.00 per troy ounce. Based on the table published in the Federal Register, [...]
  • 2014 Trick or Treat

    scott
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It has been a few years since I did an All-Hallows-Eve numismatic trick-or-treat that it seems like a good time to do add one. Here are my numismatic tricks and treats for this past year. Girl Scouts need a values adustment TRICK: It was announced in January that the 2013 Girl Scouts commemorative coin did [...]
  • U.S. Mint’s Techno Win

    scott
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you are like me and forgot, the U.S. Mint began to take orders for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection yesterday, October 28. The set consists of four 90-percent silver coins from each of the branch mints using the original design of the Kennedy half-dollar as designed by Gilroy Roberts. For [...]
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  • MORE that "the scholars said"

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Annointed scholar David Knell expressed an erudite opinion on a recent Paul Barford blog regarding the prices realized at a recent auction of artifacts owned by the St. Louis Society, a chapter (at least at the moment) of the American Institute of Archaeology: "Well, if it's any consolation to Donna Yates, the other lot she mentioned (Lot 149: Zapotec Figural Urn) sold for only $3,750, well within the original $3,000–5,000 estimate. I suspect that the doubling of the price for Lot 156 (Maya Effigy Vase) was motivated more by the fact that it is 'prettier' (the art market being shallow…
  • "...the scholars said."

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The international media has long been challenged in its ability to print the truth, whole truth and nothing but the truth, but a new pinnacle of absurdity has been achieved in a so-called news report on "RT News".  The report plays on public ignorance and seeks to inflame reader passions with outrageous claims about cultural property looting in Syria.  The motivation for this article is highly suspect and a senseless diversion from the genuine crisis of destroyed monuments and real cases of tragic loss in the region.  The supposed "facts" in this report stem from a purported…
  • On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The SAFE endorsement of Britain's Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought.  Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian antiquities that would be preserved by caring collectors.  Of course, endorsement of regulation, any regulation, seems a quite natural response from the liberal "do-good" community.  They rarely consider the consequences of their emotional solutions.   Early in reading of the SAFE…
  • Kafkaesque

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The trials and tribulations of ancient coin collectors today are nothing short of Kafkaesque.  Almost 100 years ago, Franz Kafka wrote the short story below.  We share it here because it will resonate so profoundly with many friends and associates in the numismatic world.  At the end, I have taken the liberty of adding a short sequel.Before the Law Franz KafkaBefore the Law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper there comes a man from the countryand prays for admittance to the Law. But the doorkeeper says that he cannot grantadmittance at the moment. The man thinks it…
  • Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue.  This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website.  The Daily Record piece by Legal Affairs staff writer Danny Jacobs is apparently available online only by paid subscription.  The headline is catchy, to say the least: "Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience".  The essence of this balanced report is distilled from a recent filing in Baltimore…
 
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  • What does 2 of Date over 1 mean?

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Question: In my 2010 Rotographic Collectors Coins GB Annual I keep coming across notes against coins as under:- 2 of date over 1
  • Small 'w' on Reverse of Walking Liberty Half Dollar

    30 May 2012 | 7:51 am
    Question: On the reverse side of a 1943 walking liberty 1/2 dollar, there is a 'w' to the right of the HALF DOLLAR and just under the tip of 1 feather.
  • Error Coins

    25 May 2012 | 8:50 am
    Error Coins are coins that have some sort of a mistake on them, originating at the U. S. Mint. The
  • Two Headed Coin

    9 Dec 2011 | 9:51 am
    I get a lot of questions from readers wanting to know the value of a Two Headed Coin or sometimes even coins with two reverse sides (tails) they have found.
  • British Coin forecast 2012

    8 Dec 2011 | 8:52 am
    British Coin forecast 2012 www.petitioncrown.com The main auctions for 2011 have just been completed and record prices have been achieved. To laugh or
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  • graffitti ruble 1746

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Dear all !! I need your help with a bit of translation.On the left reads:"thank you for the ruble" but I can t understand what s reading on the right side of the coin.The coin does not belong to me,it was offered but we didn t agree on the price.Can anybody help with the translation? Thank you guys in advance. Mihai Zaharencu. Attached Thumbnails
  • 2 kopecks 1757 - legend above or below?

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Found this interesting overstrike (middle coin).    Puzzled about it's legend. Was it supposed to be above or below St. George?     Tend to believe that above...  What do you think?
  • Found a uniquely pleasant penny :)

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I always pick up change when I see it. I picked up this pretty penny. She is blank on one side and has a clear bubble over the side with the head. Perfectly round. If anyone has a theory on this beauty, I will be very intrigued to know. I love a good story Thank you!
  • Some coin album scans

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    I've been getting around to sort what I have and filter out what I want to get rid of. These albums would probably be one of the last that I may get rid of.These albums look impressive especially the old Dansco classic albums. You'll find it hard to believe that they were manufactured 50 years ago and still hold up better than some of the cheap stuff that are made these days. In fact, I believe one Japanese company had been inspired to make a similar album which is shown below. These are better than the Chinese albums that I have, featuring China and Taiwan. I had trouble scanning the…
  • 5kop1768EM - wing combination

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    In 1768 there were two eagle types. About 1/2 of the 5kop. still bore the early eagle (1763 to 1767 type) and the other half already bore the new eagle (1769 to 1778 type). My latest acquisition shows a combination of the two. The left wing is of the new skinny type, the right wing is still of the old fat type.  Sigi      
 
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  • Swedish Plate Money offered at Stack’s Bowers Auction

    gila lunatic
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    A collection of nearly 90 pieces of Swedish Plate Money will highlight the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, January 9-10, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The Stanley Aberdeen Collection of Swedish Plate Money was carefully assembled and features an incredible sample of large and impressive copper “coins,” ranging from 1/2 Daler to 4 Daler sizes.The plate money was issued as a replacement for silver and gold coinage, as specie in these metals were scarce, but copper was readily available in massive quantities. These large…
  • 1794 Silver dollar realized $470,000 in Newman V Auction

    gila lunatic
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    A 1794 Silver dollar bringing $470,000 in the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V Auction at Heritage Auctions Nov. 14-15 at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, Duke of Windsor Suite. The Eric P. Newman's outstanding 1794 silver dollar AU50 NGC. Ex: "Col" E.H.R. Green was the undisputed star of the outstanding offerings in the $10.4+ million fifth installment of the Newman Collection to lead the 100% sold out offerings."This latest installment of the epic Newman Collection proved important not only for the spectacular prices realized on the amazing coins," said Greg Rohan, President of…
  • 50,000 bitcoins will be auction by US government

    gila lunatic
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    The US Marshals Service (USMS) has announced on Monday that it will auction 50,000 bitcoins (BTC) belong to accused Silk Road, an Internet black-market bazaar where authorities say illegal drugs and other goods could be bought. An online auction for the bitcoin valued at nearly $19.8 million is scheduled for 4th December 2014.This will be the second bitcoins auction held by the US agency, following the sale of 30,000 BTC in July.You need to register with the USMS to bid and initial deposits for the two rounds of $100,000 and $150,000.You can start to register for the online auction starting…
  • 1907 double eagle gold coin realized $64,625

    gila lunatic
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A 1907 High Relief Flat Rim double eagle coin, MS66 NGC realized $64,625 as the top lot in Heritage Auctions' $10+ million Nov. 6-10 U.S. Coins Signature® Auction. The Ultra High Relief twenties were an intermediate (and impractical) design that bridged the striding Victory from the Sherman Memorial and the slightly more practical High Relief twenties."This is a coin that is on the wantlist of many collectors," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, "simply because it's often considered the most beautiful coin produced by the US Mint. Two varieties of this coin exist: the Wire Rim,…
  • Islamic State coins, will you collect them?

    gila lunatic
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The Islamic State has announced that they will start minting gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency. The New Islamic State currency based on the original dinar coins used during the Caliphate of Uthman in 634 CE, will include seven minted coins: two gold, three silver and two copper.A website related to the group has posted an order by the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi instructed his followers to mint the coins to "change the tyrannical monetary system" modelled on Western economies that "enslaved Muslims." The order was approved by the Islamic State group's Shura…
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  • 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

    Mint News Blog
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Today, November 20, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales for the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set. The set provides a “distinctive pairing” of the 2014 Native American Dollar and a 2013 $1 Federal Reserve Note. The set is created around the theme from the 2014 Native American Dollar, which commemorates how native hospitality helped to ensure the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The reverse design of the coin includes a portrayal of a Native American man offering a pipe while his wife offers provisions of fish, corn, roots, and gourds. The…
  • Everglades National Park Quarter Three Coin Set

    Mint News Blog
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Today, November 18, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three Coin Set featuring the Everglades National Park Quarter. The Everglades Quarter was first released into circulation on November 6, 2014 and on the same day the US Mint began accepting orders for circulating quality versions of the coin in bags and rolls. Uncirculated and proof quality coins have previously been released within annual set products. An official launch ceremony for the coin will be held on December 4, 2014 at Harris Field Park Pavilion. The…
  • US Mint To Remove Household Limits on 50th Anniversary Kennedy Sets

    Mint News Blog
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The United States Mint has announced that they will be lifting the household ordering limits on the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set and Silver Coin Collection effective Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM. This year, the US Mint created three separate products to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar. The Uncirculated Coin Set containing two clad coins with an uncirculated finish went on sale July 24. Initially, the sets were offered with an ordering limit of five sets per household and without a stated product limit. A product limit of 200,000…
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

    Mint News Blog
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Today, November 13, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set. This ten coin set includes circulating quality examples of each of this year’s quarters from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. This year’s quarters feature designs representing Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National Park in Utah, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, and Everglades National Park in Florida. The ten coins are held within packaging which…
  • United States Mint 2015 Coin of the Year Nominees

    Mint News Blog
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Late last month, Krause Publications announced the nominees for their 2015 Coin of the Year Awards, which will be for 2013-dated coins. There were a total of 94 different nominees from 45 different countries across ten categories. Winners will be selected from ten different categories with an overall winner also declared. As I have in the past, I wanted to highlight the nominees from the United States Mint. For the 2013 awards, the US Mint only had a single nominee. Last year, the US Mint had two nominees. In both cases, the US Mint’s nominees were not selected as award winners. The…
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  • Herbert Hoover 2014 Presidential One Dollar Coin & First Spouse Medal Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
      This unique coin and medal set includes an uncirculated quality Herbert Hoover $1 Coin and a Lou Hoover Bronze Medal bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of the President’s and first spouse’s portraits, with issuance information on the back.  Buy it today! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Rolls and Bags | Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Robert L. Wilson
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
      This is the fourth quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 24th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Great Sand Dunes National Park pay tribute to the beauty of one of Colorado’s most treasured parks. Its reverse design features a father and son playing in the sand next to the creek bed. The distinctive mountains and sand dunes are featured in the background. Inscriptions are GREAT SAND DUNES, COLORADO, 2014 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Design candidates were developed in consultation with representatives of Great Sand…
  • 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Perfect for a young baseball fan or player, this set is filled with interesting information about the history of baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The special folder can be configured to display the uncirculated clad half-dollar. The capsule rotates to show both sides of the coin and its curved shape. This limited-edition set (only 50,000 are available) is sure to be a home run!   Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • 2014 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set | Warren G. Harding

    Robert L. Wilson
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
      The 2014 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set – Warren G. Harding includes an uncirculated Warren G. Harding $1 Coin and a Florence Harding Bronze Medal bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of their portraits and issuance information on the back. This set is available today!   Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set | Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Robert L. Wilson
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
      The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Great Sand Dunes National Park includes one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver and one proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco. This set—featuring coins held in a durable plastic card with an image of Great Sand Dunes National Park—is available today! Image/Copy U.S. Mint
 
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  • New set might be good gift

    Dave Harper
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Anyone who ever went to school probably had a discussion of the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to listen, does it make a sound?”My version of the question today is if email does not work, does the coin community still exist?I know the answer to both questions.Fortunately, my web browser still works to I can see that gold is trying to regain a foothold over the $1,200 mark.The Kitco website shows the precious metal at $1,201.70.Apparently, an interest rate cut by the People’s Bank of China is providing hope that demand in China for goods including gold can be…
  • Marketing sold Stone Mountain half

    Paul M. Green
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The Stone Mountain Memorial half dollar is a coin that might very well not get approved today. It was a different era and people viewed things differently than we do today. That is not to excuse anything, or to draw any conclusions except to suggest that the idea of a half dollar to help pay for the carving of Confederate leaders and soldiers into a mountain in Georgia is probably today a non-starter when it comes to ideas. This, however, was 1925 and the idea was approved.The 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial half dollarIt’s worth noting that 1925 was a very busy year. It was probably an…
  • Right to own gold due to Phil Crane

    David L. Ganz
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Philip Crane, the member of Congress recognized for leading the way to legalize gold ownership, died Nov. 10 at age 84.Philip Crane, a former conservative member of Congress who put together a coalition of diverse interests in that body to legalize private gold ownership in 1974, after a 40 year ban, died Nov. 10 at age 84.It was a long fight.Some 40 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., banned such ownership by executive order designed to strengthen the American economy, Crane used arcane rules of the House of Representatives to reverse that…
  • Viewpoint: Honor Apollo 11 landing with coin

    NMN
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    By Michael A. OlsonThe 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar landing will occur in 2019.At the time of this writing, Congress has not passed legislation for either of the two open commemorative coin programs for 2019. Now is the time to act to ensure that the greatest achievement in the history of the United States, and some could argue in the history of mankind, is commemorated in a manner befitting its magnitude by the country that against all odds and at great risk and expense accomplished this historic feat.Half a billion people, myself included, watched this event unfold…
  • Newman brings $10 million

    NMN
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    The MS-62 Continental dollar struck in brass with the CURENCY misspellingHighlighting the fifth sale of coins from the Eric P. Newman Collection by Heritage Auctions Nov. 14-15 was an Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS- 62 Continental dollar struck in brass with the CURENCY misspelling that sold for $440,625.The coin was one of six Continental dollars in the auction and one of 965 lots, all graded by NGC.“The Eric P. Newman Collection has solidified its place as one of the greatest collections ever sold and NGC is honored to have been chosen to grade the first five parts,” says Mark…
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