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NGC Certifies Extraordinary Hoard of Discovered New Orleans Mint Morgan Dollars

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NGC Certifies Extraordinary Hoard of Discovered New Orleans Mint Morgan Dollars

A hoard of 13,000 Morgan Silver Dollars was recently discovered. They were found in 13 US Treasury bags and had not seen the light of day for decades. There were many rainbow toned coins and rare dates graded by NGC. Some were even marked with the special Star Designation (★) for outstanding eye appeal.  NGC also recognized these special coins with a "Great Southern Treasury Hoard" label. There is always a lot of excitement when there is a major discovery such as this one. These coins have not been touched or seen in decades. The allure of finding a high grade...

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PCGS Announces Security Chip-Embedded Slabs To Protect Against Counterfeiting

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PCGS Announces Security Chip-Embedded Slabs To Protect Against Counterfeiting

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has recently partnered with HID Global to create slabs that contain anti-counterfeiting chips. These Near Field Communication (NFC) chips will be embedded in all Gold Shield domestic holders free of charge. Essentially, these chips will be scannable by a smartphone and it will pull up information such as the certification number, date, mintmark, denomination, variety, region, grade, mintage number, holder type, and population. This will allow the collector to easily confirm that the coin was certified, graded, and slabbed by PCGS. This advanced technology will add another layer of difficulty for nefarious people looking to...

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2020 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Centennial Half Dollar Coin

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2020 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Centennial Half Dollar Coin
In 1920, the United States Bureau of the Mint struck a commemorative silver coin that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maine joining the Union and officially becoming a state. Fast-forward 100 years, we are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine joining the union and the 100th anniversary of the release of this special half dollar coin.

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Private Mint of the 1830s Produces Over 1 Million Coins from the North Carolina Gold Rush

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Private Mint of the 1830s Produces Over 1 Million Coins from the North Carolina Gold Rush
In 1829, Christopher Bechtler Sr. migrated to the United States from Germany with his family. He opened up a watchmaker store in Philadelphia with some success. Meanwhile, the Carolina Gold Rush, the first gold rush in the United States, followed the discovery of a large gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. This created a series of findings in North Carolina that lasted all the way up to the 1840s. In order to take advantage of this, Bechtler and his family operated a private mint from 1831 to 1850s. He was able to produce more than a million gold coins in his private mint.

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Platinum Set For a Run as Automakers Plan to Ditch Palladium

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Platinum Set For a Run as Automakers Plan to Ditch Palladium
For the last few years, automakers have been using palladium instead of platinum in their exhaust systems as a catalytic converter because of the cheaper price point. However, the price of palladium has dramatically changed in the last few months. 

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