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INFOGRAPHIC: MONEY MUSEUMS EVERY NUMISMATIST MUST VISIT

There are museums dedicated to nearly every hobby and interest imaginable, from art and music to space exploration and auto racing. And of course, there are several great Money Museums that you can visit to view some real numismatic treasures! In this infographic, we will feature four Money Museums Every Numismatist Must Visit, as well as…

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4 UNUSUAL NON-METALLIC COINS

Coins have been used as a form of exchange and legal tender for hundreds of years. The first coins were independently developed around the globe in places like Greece, India, and China during the 600s and 500s BCE. Since their inception, most coins have been made of metal, but over the centuries many minters were…

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THE PERFECT FLAW

  Unfortunately, not everything in life is perfect; the same is true for striking coins. Throughout history, there have been mishaps with the machinery, test runs that did not go anywhere near as planned and even intentional hiccups orchestrated by Mint employees. How and why have certain, imperfect pieces throughout history been deemed worthy of…

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REAL de OCHO

Back in June of 2015, Eric Schmitt and his family made an unthinkable discovery of over $1.5 million in coins and various artifacts later determined to be those of a sunken Spanish fleet. Heading to Spain from Havana, Cuba, the fleet compiled of 11 ships were caught and eventually succumbed to a hurricane. Each ship…

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TO BULLION OR NOT

What is bullion? Who determines the worth of bullion? What is the difference between bars and coins? Are bullion coins or numismatic (collectible) coins valued at a higher rate? For many, these are questions without simple answers. Bellevue Rare Coins has decided to tackle these and provide simplified answers for those interested.   Let us…

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Top Ten Terrific Bullion Coins of 2014

The year is coming to a close, and 2015 is right around the corner. Everybody in the coin world is already talking about next year’s hot releases. But before we move on, let’s reminisce about some of the best coins from this past year. Whether you love sports, superheroes, or animals, there’s something for everyone…

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The New Orleans Mint

This is the second article in a series on United States Mints. During the 1830s the U.S. was in the midst of a swift expansion. As explorers and settlers pushed further South and West, infrastructure was needed. Amongst the missing amenities in these new regions, was a facility to produce currency. Even though the Philadelphia…

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Rare Silver Coin Found in Roll of Half Dollars

You never know what you’ll get when you sort a roll of coins. One lucky man in New Orleans got the find of a lifetime. He found a very special 1861-O Seated Liberty half-dollar hiding in a roll of Kennedy half-dollars. After undergoing knee surgery, this unnamed coin collector decided to sort through rolls of…

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Titans of U.S. Coinage: The Engraver and the Sculptor

Over the last few hundred years, the United States Mint has produced many coins with striking, unforgettable designs. Collectors the world over treasure these coins and swap stories about the rarest of them, including the 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar, the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, and the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel (perhaps the only coin…

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