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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 7, February 14, 2010, Article 12

SHOPPING FOR GOLD COINS IN 1960

Tom Kays writes:

I found some great Life Magazine black & white noir images taken by Al Fenn in November 1960. Titled "Gold coins in a coin collector's store they were taken in Philadelphia and New York. I'm just curious but I'll bet the E-Sylum readership can reconstruct which stores, who are the folks, and what gold coins they are looking at.

One appears to be a high relief St Gaudens Double Eagle and another is an octagonal union. What do you guess these coin treasures would have been priced in 1960? If anyone pictured responds, do they remember Al Fenn, Life photographer, shooting them as they shopped?

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What great pictures! I'd love to hear if any of our readers can identify some of the coin shops, dealers and collectors in the photos from half a century ago. -Editor

To view more photos, use the More button here: Gold at US Mint.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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