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1918-S one of best Buffalo branch-mint nickels – NumisMaster.com

1918-S one of best Buffalo branch-mint nickels
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Considering its $13,250 price in MS-65, it’s safe to say that the 1918-S is in some very elite company. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has graded 390 examples, with only 18 in MS-65 or better. At the Professional Coin Grading Service, the total

Stack’s Bowers spotlights gold – Numismatic News


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Stack’s Bowers spotlights gold
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A 1796 Capped Bust $2.50 gold piece, BD-3, graded Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS-63 Star, will go on the block. The coin has stars on the obverse, making it the second design struck in the denomination’s very first year of issue. This piece is

Labels to carry artist signature – Numismatic News


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Labels to carry artist signature
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Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has inked a deal for graphic artist Cassie McFarland to individually autograph NGC certification labels. McFarland’s design appears on the obverse of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, the first concave …

Glass patterns slabbed by NGC – Numismatic News


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Glass patterns slabbed by NGC
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Seventeen experimental cents and tokens struck in glass during World War II to test the unusual composition for coinage were certified for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. They were to be part of a Heritage auction at the American Numismatic

‘Pawn Star’ to sign NGC slabs – Numismatic News


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‘Pawn Star’ to sign NGC slabs
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Television personality Rick Harrison has agreed to individually autograph a limited number of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation certification labels, according to the firm. Harrison is co-owner of World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn in Las Vegas, Nev., which

Two 1943 copper cents graded by NGC – Numismatic News – Numismatic News


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Two 1943 copper cents graded by NGC – Numismatic News
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Imagine being a Philadelphia Mint employee during World War II and walking away with two 1943 cents struck in bronze rather than the standard steel, as well …

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Two 1943 copper cents graded by NGC – Numismatic News


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Two 1943 copper cents graded by NGC
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Imagine being a Philadelphia Mint employee during World War II and walking away with two 1943 cents struck in bronze rather than the standard steel, as well as two other wrong-planchet errors? Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified a group of …

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From the NGC Archives: 1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

The collecting of early silver dollars has grown in popularity, and this featured coin has been described as “a great coin for the variety specialist.”

Silver dollars achieved a high-water mark in 1799, when some 423,515 pieces were coined. This mintage would stand as a record for the denomination until 1860, when just over half a million silver dollars were issued from the New Orleans Mint.

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NCS Conservation: Scratches

A scratch is a type of mechanical damage that has moved or removed metal from the surface of a coin.

It is said that it is better to prevent a problem rather than correct it once it has occurred. In much of our numismatic pursuits this adage is true. Environmental damage and PVC residues can often be corrected after they have begun, but other issues do not have such promising outcomes. Scratches are one of the afflictions that are not only irreversible, but also occur too quickly to mitigate.

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Chinese Coins: New and Old, Again

Buddhist thought is central to many Chinese coins, old and new.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert…Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies…
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Near Datong, China. I look up and down a stone pillar, one of twin rows that flank my path. A stylized elephant just above the base holds my attention. Towering on its back is a 20-foot tall hexagonal column, the six sides decorated with seated Buddhas. Two small children clamber up to the beast and giggle as they stroke its trunk.

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