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  • Collector discovers “Hot Lips” 1964-D Roosevelt dime

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    Ken Potter
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Numismatic News reader Mark Joyner of Pennsylvania has reported a 1964-D Roosevelt dime that exhibits one of the strongest examples of a coin sporting “doubled lips” as the result of Hub Doubling, or what most collectors refer to as a Doubled Die.It is easy to nickname a doubled die dime when the doubling occurs on the lips of the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.When I first saw images of the coin (supplied by John Wexler) my first thought was “Hot Lips,” a term of endearment for the 1888-O Doubled Die Obverse VAM-4 Morgan dollar. This is one of the most popular VAM varieties…
  • Eagles not best way to own silver

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    Pat Heller
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The U.S. Mint charges $2 above the spot price when it sells regular silver American Eagle one-ounce coins to its handful of Authorized Purchasers. These APs are then responsible for the costs and logistics of picking up the coins at the West Point or San Francisco Mints. By the time most coin dealers get in a smaller supply of these coins from the larger wholesalers, retail customers could easily be paying $3-$4 per coin above the silver spot price to purchase a 500-coin box of silver Eagles.The silver Eagle may not be the best way to own bulk silver.At those premiums, retail buyers would now…
  • News from the U.S. Mint

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    scott
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A couple of quick news items that came out of the U.S. Mint on Tuesday. The U.S. Mint reported that as of December 8, 2014, they had sold a record 42,864,000 one troy ounce American Silver Eagle Bullion coins for all of 2014. This beats the previous record of 42,675,000 coins sold in 2013. Sales [...]
  • US Mint 12-Month Product Schedule for 2015

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    Mike Unser
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Collectors can now look ahead to upcoming products from the United States Mint, including brand new issues in high-relief. The agency today published its preliminary schedule and it's filled with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint 2015 Product Schedule Contains Some Surprises

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    Mint News Blog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    The United States Mint has just posted the 2015 numismatic product schedule on their website. In addition to release dates for the expected products for the coming year, there are also a few surprises included. The full schedule can be found here. Next year, the US Mint will get things off to an early start with the release of the 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle on January 2, 2015. The release date comes three weeks earlier compared to the 2014-dated release. Pricing for the 2015 Proof Silver Eagle was just revealed yesterday at $48.95 per coin. Interestingly, this proof version of the coin…
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  • Gold Drops on Week; 2014 Silver Eagle Record Tops 43.5M

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    20 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Gold closed slightly higher Friday, adding to smaller gains from the previous two sessions. As such, losses earlier in the week were barely dented and the yellow metal logged a 2.2% weekly decline,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint 12-Month Product Schedule for 2015

    Mike Unser
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Collectors can now look ahead to upcoming products from the United States Mint, including brand new issues in high-relief. The agency today published its preliminary schedule and it's filled with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle Price Set at $48.95

    Mike Unser
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Prices for proof American Silver Eagle are moving lower. This year's coin will drop to $48.95 from $52.95. Next year's coin will also debut at the lower price. News of the reductions come from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Ordering Deadline for 2014 Commemorative Coins

    Mike Unser
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    There's one less day to order commemorative coins from the United States Mint. The agency announced on Thursday that it has moved their ordering deadline up to noon ET on Dec. 30 from the same time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold Prices Rise Slightly for Second Day

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    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Gold edged higher for a second session in a row Thursday, gaining little traction from a losing streak that extended to five straight sessions on Tuesday. Gold for February delivery added 30 cents... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • New law to protect the hobby

    scott
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    With the midterm elections behind and the anticipation of the changes, congress still had work to do in the lame duck session. Over the last few sessions, congress has been their most productive during lame duck session as polling and focus groups has lead to those running for re-election to fearing the fast moving news [...]
  • How did you Kennedy?

    scott
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    As the year winds down and the end of the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Half-Dollar draws to a close, I am curious as to how many of my readers bought one of the special coins offered by the U.S. Mint. This is just a quick poll to satisfy my curiosity.
  • CRomnibus and money manufacturing

    scott
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In a normal world, the United States congress will pass twelve different budget bills by August or September in time for the beginning of the federal government’s fiscal year, which begins on October 1. Anyone who has followed congress over the last 20-or-more years knows that the world they live in is not normal. Rather [...]
  • News from the U.S. Mint

    scott
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A couple of quick news items that came out of the U.S. Mint on Tuesday. The U.S. Mint reported that as of December 8, 2014, they had sold a record 42,864,000 one troy ounce American Silver Eagle Bullion coins for all of 2014. This beats the previous record of 42,675,000 coins sold in 2013. Sales [...]
  • Challenging to following up

    scott
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I know it has been a while since I wrote a substantive post. But as the holiday season is upon us, business has picked up and I am doing a lot of buying and selling. While good for business, it has not provided me time to write. I have a backlog that I will get [...]
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  • Media rush to judgement challenged

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Chasing Aphrodite blogger Jason Felch surely surprised some in the world of Archaeobloggers and Cultural Property Nationalists when he recently challenged a rash of sensationalized media claims on the part of "scholars" and "experts".   The topic of this latest "meme" is the funding of terrorism and specifically of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.   A "sandstorm" of pronouncements in various media have claimed that the sale of antiquities looted by ISIS is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, second only to their revenues from looted oil.   While the evidence of ISIS looting…
  • 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…
 
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  • Value of one-sided nickel

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Question: Okay so I have a nickel that has the tails side but not the head. It literally looks like only one side was minted and the other is flat. The
  • 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.
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    20 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
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  • 20 dollars 1904 (double eagle)

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Hello, friends! Recently I have bought a double eagle dated 1904 (mint mark "S"). Weight is OK, thickness seems to be OK too, but the diameter is almost 34,3 mm. Is such a deviation from the nominal (34.00 mm) diameter normal for this types of coins? Or, it is definitely counterfeit?... And there is another thing. The rim of the coin has a slightly sloped (like filed) edge. So, is such a slope a result of edging at the official mint? Or, it is another sign of spuriousness?.. I really need your feedback and explanations. Particularly appeal to connoisseurs and experts on this type of coin.
  • Help with Victorian British Coin

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Got me a coin in the mail, Came with a Christmas Card. from a friend. I'm drawing a blank on what it is. Since the coin does not have any denomination for it, just a year.    
  • Thedeadpoint's 15,000 post contest

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Hi folks!   With this post, I will be at 14,470 posts since I started way back on July 15th, 2006. Looks like I'll be hitting the 15,000 milestone soon, too!   So let's have a contest.   Whoever is closest to predicting the date of my 15,000th post will get a prize. What is it? Haven't decided yet!    You have until my birthday, January 11th, 2015, to make your guess. Then we sit on our hands and look a the counter.     Good luck!
  • Post your Lincoln Cent varieties!

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Do you have one of the famous 1955 doubled die cents? How about a 1922 no D? Maybe the fun 1997 doubled ear?   Post the interesting varieties you have here!     Note: I'm not talking about errors like clipped planchets but about flawed dies.  
 
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  • Malaysia Gold Foil banknote prohibited by BNM

    gila lunatic
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has released a statement via their Facebook page that the Malaysia Gold Foil banknotes are prohibited under the Central Bank of Malaysia Act 1958. This is due to the sale of the various denomination (especially RM100) of the Ringgit Malaysia notes gold by public.Many of my have asked me before about this banknote but I don't reply because I try to focus on coins and in my opinion they're many BNM staff who already knew about this because I can see some of them in the Facebook group which sell the gold foil Malaysia Ringgit. I also think and believe many Malaysian…
  • Henry VII Gold Sovereign sold for £372,000 in Spink Auction

    gila lunatic
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    A rare Henry VII Gold Sovereign sold for £372,000 (inc. premium) in Spink and Son second December coin sale on 17th and 18th December 2014. It is held over two days with ancient Greek, Roman, Islamic and modern world coins on the first day, and Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart English coins as well as a few Scottish and Irish coins, and modern British coins and medals on the second day.The gold Sovereign still issued every year by the Royal Mint was introduced by Henry VII from 1489 so called as the design showed the King in all his majesty - worth one pound as it still is nominally.
  • German Crowns and Talers in The Rockaway Collection Part II

    gila lunatic
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Stack Bowers has announce the sale of German Crowns and Talers in The Rockaway Collection Part II as part of its New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) auction, held January 9-10 and 12, 2015. The collection consists of nearly 300 coins, primarily crowns and talers from Germany. A wide range of principalities, cities, states, duchies and bishoprics are represented. Among the coins are examples that are the finest certified for their respective types by the Numismatic Guarantee Corp.The collection was assembled over several decades, from the 1960 to the 1990s, and the…
  • 1852 $50 Assay gold coin sold for $396,562

    gila lunatic
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    A 1852 Assay Office octagonal $50 "slug" with the inscription 900 THOUS to denote its fineness, graded MS64 by PCGS sold for $396,562 in the December 4 - 7 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction. The Auction made its way to a total of over $9.2 million in sales. All prices realized include a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.This coin is tied for the finest certified and is believed to have once been owned by then-US Assayer Augustus Humbert. The 900 THOUS variety was made necessary when legislation was passed requiring all customs dues to be paid in gold coins of at least .900 fine; previous…
  • First of America's Silver Dollars in Spink Auction

    gila lunatic
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The first of America's iconic Silver Dollars will be on sale at Spink USA on 27 January 2015. It will also be available for viewing at the New York International Numismatic Convention at Spink stand, no.S33-S34, from Thursday January 8 to Sunday January 11 2015.The coin is graded AU 50 by NGC and CAC verified, it is quite sharp for the issue, displaying a strong date, bold types and pleasing rich, deep gray toning. The "STATES" on the reverse shows some typical weakness, but the strike is far superior to most examples of this very rare coin. It is estimated $300,000 - $400,000.Late in 1794,…
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  • US Mint 2015 Product Schedule Contains Some Surprises

    Mint News Blog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    The United States Mint has just posted the 2015 numismatic product schedule on their website. In addition to release dates for the expected products for the coming year, there are also a few surprises included. The full schedule can be found here. Next year, the US Mint will get things off to an early start with the release of the 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle on January 2, 2015. The release date comes three weeks earlier compared to the 2014-dated release. Pricing for the 2015 Proof Silver Eagle was just revealed yesterday at $48.95 per coin. Interestingly, this proof version of the coin…
  • Price Reduction for 2014 Proof American Silver Eagle

    Mint News Blog
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The United States Mint has scheduled notices for publication within the Federal Register which will reduce the price of the 2014 Proof American Silver Eagle and establish the price for next year’s 2015-dated coin. The pre-publication versions of the notices can be found here and here. According to the notice, the price for the 2014 Proof Silver Eagle will be reduced from the current price of $52.95 to the new price of $48.95. An effective date for the price change has not been indicated. The 2015 Proof Silver Eagle will also carry the new lower price of $48.95. The 2014 Proof Silver…
  • United States Mint Coin Discovery Set

    Mint News Blog
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Yesterday, December 16, 2014, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the Coin Discovery Set (Product Code YC1). The set is intended to provide an introduction to coin collecting and includes some coins and supplies to help someone start their collection. The three coins included in the set are 2014-dated Kennedy Half Dollars in three different finishes. Based on the press release and product information page, there is a half dollar with a proof finish from the San Francisco Mint, a half dollar with an uncirculated finish from the Philadelphia Mint, and a half dollar with a…
  • 2014 Baseball Silver Dollars Back on Sale

    Mint News Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    In a surprise move, the United States Mint has resumed accepting orders for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollars. These coins have been unavailable to order since April when a sell out was declared. The additional coins now available for sale are the result of orders placed by customers prior to the sell out but cancelled due to payment issues. The combined maximum mintage for the silver dollars remains at the same level of 400,000 pieces across the proof and uncirculated versions. The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins went on sale March 27, 2014. The US Mint had…
  • US Mint 2014 Biennial Report to Congress

    Mint News Blog
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Late last week, the United States Mint released their biennial report to Congress on the research and development of alternative materials for circulating coins. This is the second required report under the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010. The report includes information and analysis on the production costs for current circulating denominations, comments received from coin industry stakeholder outreach, details of alternative metals and coin production method research, and the Mint’s conclusions and recommendations. Similar to the prior biennial report, the…
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  • Everglades National Park 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags

    Robert L. Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Capture the majestic beauty of Everglades National Park. The fifth quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 25th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Everglades National Park pays tribute to the beauty of one of Florida’s most beautiful park
  • Everglades National Park 2014 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin

    Robert L. Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Capture the majestic beauty of Everglades National Park. The 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Everglades National Park is the final release of 2014 and the 25th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It pays tribute to the beauty of one of Florida’s most beautiful parks and the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.
  • America the Beautiful 2014 Quarters Circulating Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    An ideal set for anyone who loves our national parks and sites, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ honors 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. This set comes in specially designed packaging for easy removal to save in albums or other collecting tools. A great gift idea or add the set to your own collection. Available today.
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Everglades National Park Three Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Everglades National Park features 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 and an image of Everglades National Park – is available today!
  • American $1 Coin and Currency Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
        DENVER (D) Celebrate the hospitality that meant success for Lewis & Clark. The American $1 Coin and Currency Set is a distinctive pairing of the 2014 Native American $1 Coin produced by the U.S. Mint and a $1 note produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Containing information about Native American history as it intersects with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, this is an ideal set for expanding your collection or as a gift for the passionate historian.  
 
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  • Order time for 2015 coins

    Dave Harper
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    Which product should the Mint put on sale first in 2015?You are correct if you guessed the 2015 proof silver American Eagle.Proof silver Eagles are perennial favorites that have even eclipsed proof sets as annual staples of collector interest.The 2015 one-ounce coin will become available from the Mint on Jan. 2, 2015, a full 10 days before the bullion silver Eagles will be sold to the Mint’s Authorized Purchasers.The Mint released its 2015 product schedule first thing this morning. Thanks for getting it out there quickly. Collectors will now have the opportunity to plan their budgets for…
  • Mint reopens Baseball dollar sales

    Connor Falk
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    In a suprise move Dec. 16, the Mint reopened sales of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame silver dollar since its sellout in early April. The Mint said that some 3,500 were available across the uncirculated and proof options. Buyers  have purchased 131,004 uncirculated and 265,430 proof dollars since its first release. Future Mint Stats will reflect any changes in sales numbers.Likewise, the Baseball clad halves are also on back order, after being marked out of stock previously.The 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency set is sold out as of Dec. 14, selling all 50,000 of the 50,000 sets offered.The…
  • Eagles not best way to own silver

    Pat Heller
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The U.S. Mint charges $2 above the spot price when it sells regular silver American Eagle one-ounce coins to its handful of Authorized Purchasers. These APs are then responsible for the costs and logistics of picking up the coins at the West Point or San Francisco Mints. By the time most coin dealers get in a smaller supply of these coins from the larger wholesalers, retail customers could easily be paying $3-$4 per coin above the silver spot price to purchase a 500-coin box of silver Eagles.The silver Eagle may not be the best way to own bulk silver.At those premiums, retail buyers would now…
  • Collector discovers “Hot Lips” 1964-D Roosevelt dime

    Ken Potter
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Numismatic News reader Mark Joyner of Pennsylvania has reported a 1964-D Roosevelt dime that exhibits one of the strongest examples of a coin sporting “doubled lips” as the result of Hub Doubling, or what most collectors refer to as a Doubled Die.It is easy to nickname a doubled die dime when the doubling occurs on the lips of the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.When I first saw images of the coin (supplied by John Wexler) my first thought was “Hot Lips,” a term of endearment for the 1888-O Doubled Die Obverse VAM-4 Morgan dollar. This is one of the most popular VAM varieties…
  • Want to be a Pawn star?

    NMN
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Here’s your chance to appear on cable TV with your rare coin or other historical item.NGC says If you have a rare item that you want to sell or pawn, now could be your chance to have Rick, Corey or the Old Man assess your valuable items on the spot.Numismatic Guaranty Corporation will host the casting team of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” TV show Jan. 9, 2015, at its booth at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando.Rick Harrison, the famous Pawn Star, will make a special appearance during the casting along NGC grading experts including NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg.NGC…
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