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Collector’s Choice

  • Innovation dollar coin.

Published: 10/16/2019 9:31:15 PM
Modified: 10/16/2019 9:31:07 PM

The U.S. Mint will begin taking orders for the latest Innovation dollar coin on Oct. 24. This coin will feature the discovery of polio vaccine in the state of Pennsylvania.

These circulation-quality coins will be struck at the Denver and Philadelphia mints, and only sold in rolls and bags at a premium over face value. To order coins from the mint, visit their website at, or call 1-800-USA-MINT.

A coin show will be held Oct. 20 at the Dante Club (1198 Memorial Ave. Route 147) in West Springfield. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; admission and parking are free.

The recent closing of the Lincoln Stamp and Coin shop in Worcester is worth noting, as it was one of the few remaining retail stamp stores still operating in New England. The store also sold coins, jewelry, and collecting supplies.

Many shops dealing in coins and jewelry remain open, as they can make a profit buying and selling precious metal items. However, most stamp businesses now operate on the internet, at stamp shows, or as auction houses.

Lincoln Stamp and Coin also dealt in used books when it was started many decades ago in downtown Worcester by Irving Ephraim. The book business (which closed only a few years ago) was separated off in the 1970s.

Ephraim’s son Bob moved the store to a location not far from Worcester State University, where it operated successfully, even after Bob passed away a few years ago. It seems that terms of the new lease was the issue that caused the store to close.

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