Monday, 21.10.2019

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Sir Stamford Raffles: Collecting in Southeast Asia 1811-1824

A new exhibition at the British Museum showcases an important selection of Southeast Asian antiquities from the collection of Sir Stamford Raffles. Of course he collected coins - which turned out to be rare protective amulets.

Maximilian I’s Legendary Armor in New York

The armor of the last knight will travel to New York on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Maximilian’s death. If you want to see these works of art which Maximilian loved to wear when having his coin portraits made, you have to visit the Metropolitan.

Alessandro Magnaguti. The Last Coin Collector from the House of Gonzaga

Nobleman, author, big landowner. Alessandro Magnaguti was all of that, but above all he was an almost fanatical coin collector, who lived in the first half of the 20th century. Damiano Cappellari dedicated a biography to him, Björn Schöpe took a look at it.

Application for HKINF 2019 Is Open

Applications for the 9th semi-annual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (December 6 to 8, 2019) are now open. The exhibition tables for dealers and other exhibitors are available on a first come, first served basis.

PMG Announces Grading Services for Bond and Stock Certificates

The banknote grading company Paper Money Guaranty® is expanding to certify collectibles from the world of scripophily.

The Royal Mint Celebrates 50 Years of the 50p

To celebrate fifty years of Great Britain’s revolutionary seven-sided 50p coin, The Royal Mint has released a commemorative 50p bearing the original 1969 Britannia New Pence design in different qualities. Some collectors might even strike their own 50p coin.

Homer Simpson on Tuvalu’s Gold Coin

Everybody knows them: in 2018, The Simpsons became the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history. Now the Perth Mint has struck a 1oz gold coin featuring Homer Simpson on it on behalf of Tuvalu.

A Numismatic Restoration Project Needs Your Vote!

For the first time ever, a restoration project in the South of Italy was able to save thousands of coins with private aid. Now the researchers are applying for a prize for this work and need as many online votes as possible. Help them and give them your vote!

Coin Dealers From All Over the World at Coinex in London

There are fairs that have been an integral part of the coin trade’s agenda for decades. Coinex is one of them. Also this year, many important auction houses and coin dealers came to London. They made use of the opportunity to participate in the auctions at the same time.

New ICOMON Board Members Elected

The International Committee for Money and Banking Museums has elected new board members. The new chairperson is Ute Wartenberg. The forum of the International Council of Museums represents almost 200 member institutions from all over the world.

Numismatic Project among Art Fund’s Winners of New Collecting Awards

The Art Fund is a British institution helping museums fulfilling their tasks. As many museums are not able to acquire new exhibits, the art fund supplies funding for buying new objects. Now this year's winners were announced. A numismatic project is among them.

Ships, Colonies & Commerce

Christopher Faulkner dedicates more than 400 pages to a single type of Canadian token described in the literature as Breton 997 to Breton 1001! Ursula Kampmann had a look at the publication and discovered everything that can be written about such emissions.

NumisSearch Offers Special Conditions for New Customers – A Perfect Opportunity for Trying Out Their Services

More than 6,000 users per day, more than 50,000 registered customers that spend an average of more than 10 minutes on the website – that is what the platforms NumisSearch, PhilaSearch and AntiquesSearch have to offer. For every auction house operating in the field of numismatics that decides to try out the platform with three auctions, NumisSearch offers special conditions.

Coins for the Gods

The organizers of the international conference “Coins for the Gods, Coins for the Merchants” have released the conference program of the event at Athens on October 24 to 25, 2019.

Albert Beck Yet Again Managing Director of World Money Fair

The World Money Fair Holding GmbH (WMF) has announced that Albert Beck is again taking on the role as the company’s Managing Director. Gitta Künker is stepping down as Managing Director.

Biker Skull

On the occasion of the ANA World’s Fair of Money 2019, CIT Coin Invest AG presented its fourth design of the successful Skull series. Inspired by the “land of liberty” and “Easy Rider”, these issues are dedicated to all bikers.

Italy Commemorates 30 Years of Fall of the Berlin Wall

Italy is issuing a 5 Euro silver coin dedicated to the “30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall”. It features the dove of peace behind a colourful mural clashing with the Berlin Wall.

No Commemorative Coin for Enid Blyton

Did you also read the Famous Five when you were young? Shame on you! You have been poisoned with racist thoughts! At least according to those who made the Royal Mint block a commemorative coin in honour of Enid Blyton. How should this issue be dealt with?

Inspired by the East

The British Museum opens a new exhibition on the artistic interaction between Eastern and Western art from the 1500s to present age. The display confronts models and imitations as well as paintings inspired by an art trend known today as Orientalism.

2019 Archer M. Huntington Award for Prof. Oğuz Tekin

The ANS has awarded Prof. Oğuz Tekin with the Archer M. Huntington Award for Excellence in Numismatic Scholarship. Tekin is specialized in ancient Greek and Roman coinage as well as ancient metrology and the first citizen of Turkey to receive this honor.

ANA Presents Literary Awards to Exceptional Writers

The American Numismatic Association’s 2019 literary awards recognize articles published in the 2018 volume of ANA’s official magazine, The Numismatist, and awarded young and adult writers.

PMG Certifies India ‘Discovery Note’ at Hong Kong Event

Paper Money Guaranty® has certified a previously unknown British India banknote at an on-site grading event in Hong Kong. The 1925 banknote was not previously known to specialists.

Paper mill in Königstein celebrates its 450th anniversary

On June 29, 2019, the security paper factory Königstein celebrated its 450th anniversary. The Paper Mill in Königstein belongs to the world’s highest-performing production locations for the manufacture of banknotes and security papers.

Latvijas Banka Issues 2 Euro Commemorative Coin “The Rising Sun”

Latvijas Banka issued a 2 euro commemorative coin named “The Rising Sun” dedicated to the history of the Coat of Arms of Latvia and paying tribute to the artist Ansis Cīrulis.

2019 Pegasus Reverse Frosted Bullion

Pobjoy Mint has released a 2019 dated Pegasus silver bullion. The coin is issued by the British Virgin Islands and shows the mythical horse Pegasus. Many coins from the territory have featured horses in Royal events, including Trooping the colour.

A Robbery in a Coin Store – You Can Be There Too!

In Silver Spring, a coin store was robbed on 17 September 2019 – unfortunately, that is nothing unusual in today’s world. What is special about this robbery is the fact that surveillance cameras filmed every detail of the robber’s actions.

Indiennes. Material for a Thousand Stories

The National Museum in Zurich dedicates an exhibition to this impressive chapter of economic history. Cotton fabrics from India endangered even the well established French silk production.

ANS Announces 2020 Gala Honoree

The American Numismatic Society will honor its former Trustee Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner in New York City on January 16, 2020. Proceeds from the Gala ticket sales will be used to support research and education in numismatics.

Seal Imprints & Alnage Seals

They are not coins – and yet, seal imprints can be found in auction catalogues from time to time. With good reason. They are exciting testimonies to economic history and thanks to the new work of R. van Laere, they can now be identified properly. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Numismatic Attractions in London and Birmingham

Great Britain’s important coin fairs are just around the corner: Right after the Coinex, the London Coin Fair and the Special Quarterly Show of the Midland Coin Fair take place in November and December. Here you find the practical information.

6th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium

On 16 May 2020, the 6th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium will focus on long interruptions in coinage during Antiquity. Proposals for submissions are due 1 October 2019. Travel expenses will be covered.

Switzerland Issues the New 100-Franc Note

Issuance of the new 100-franc note started in Switzerland on 12 September 2019. The new banknote completes the ninth series of Swiss banknotes.

A Bridge too Far: The Largest Airborne Operation in History

The Royal Dutch Mint has released a new 5 Euro coin. Featuring satin and zigzag stitches pointing to parachutes, the Market Garden 5 Euro Coin tells the impressive story of the largest airborne operation in history that took place and failed 75 years ago.

CIT Dedicates a Commemorative Coin to the AC/DC Album “The Razors Edge”

With “The Razors Edge”, CIT Coin Invest AG publishes its fourth issue of the AC/DC series. This piece features latest minting technology making it an impressive collecting item even for those coin collectors who do not listen to AC/DC music on a regular basis.

Why There Is Still No Verdict in the Trial of the Stolen 100-Kilogram Maple Leaf

In 2017, a 100-kilogram Maple Leaf was stolen from the Bode Museum – the trial against the accused appears to be just as gigantic as the gold coin itself. Two and a half years later, the investigation is still ongoing. But why is it so difficult to reach a verdict?

Citéco: A Museum Dedicated to Economy

Modern, fancy, with a smack of luxury from times long past – this is Paris’ new museum of economy in a 1920s Banque de France branch office, a former Neo-Renaissance palace. Citéco familiarises with economy through games, computer stations, and many historical objects.

The Biggest Coin Collection, its Collector, and the Hall of Fame of the Chicago Coin Club

Many coin collectors know the “Brand collection”. Now, the Chicago Coin Club presents his famous member. Virgil M. Brand inducted to the Hall of Fame of this coin club owned the biggest private coin collection of all times.

Second Edition of “The Early Dated Coins of Europe” Published

The appearance of a date on a coin is not a given. The first dated coins stem from the end of the Renaissance period. Robert A. Levinson dedicated a book to these early dated coins, and now, its second edition has been published.

Doug Davis Named Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

Former police chief and head of the Numismatic Crime Information Center Doug Davis has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) to be its next Director of Anti-Counterfeiting.

Taisei Coins Corporation becomes Official Submission Center for NGC, NCS and PMG in Japan

The respected Tokyo based company Taisei Coins Corporation will accept collectibles to be submitted to NGC, NCS and PMG as an Official Submission Center in Japan.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Nyon’s Museum with Caesar

40 years ago, the Roman Museum in Nyon (Switzerland) opened its gates for the first time. On 21 and 22 September 2019, the museum celebrates this anniversary with numerous activities.

More Sustainability in the Production of Banknotes

Louisenthal has analyzed the production of banknotes with regard to sustainability and launched an information campaign to raise awareness. This campaign also aims to assist central banks and banknote printing plants in improving the sustainability of banknotes.

The Royal Australian Mint Releases Coin in Honor of the National Rubgy Team

While the Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby team is embarking on the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Royal Australian Mint issues a $2 limited edition coin with the Wallabies’ logo. The coin will be available in Woolworths supermarket registers.

Sberatel: Crowds of People like There Were in the 70s

Anyone who believes that coin fairs are in crisis should visit Prague’s Sberatel. Over two days, more than 10,000 visitors flooded the exhibition halls. They lunged enthusiastically at the wide-ranged offer. CoinsWeekly was there.

Good News after Vehicle Burglary in California

A collector lost approximately $60,000 in rare coins stolen from his car in August. Now most of them have been recovered. A suspect had offered them to coin dealers who informed the police. This is a striking proof for a basic fact: Early warning systems among coin dealers are really efficient.

Der neue MünzenMarkt steht online!

Gehen Sie mit uns auf Schatzsuche! Begleiten Sie uns auf die Schatzinsel Gotland und nach England. Der MünzenMarkt 28 steht ganz im Zeichen verborgener Schätze und spektakulärer Funde. Das Heft können Sie gratis bei uns als PDF herunterladen.

A Look into the Asian Market: The 7th Hong Kong Coin Show

Asia’s most important coin show, the Hong Kong Coin Show, took place from 23 to 25 August 2019. The fair did not only amaze with an incredibly rich numismatic offer but also with insightful seminars and workshops.

Concordia Disciplinarum – Festschrift in Honor of William E. Metcalf

The American Numismatic Society honoured William E. Metcalf with a festschrift presented by former students and colleagues in recognition of the researcher’s impact on numismatics. The former Chief curator and Yale professor is a reknown expert of cistophori.

The Numismata in Berlin and Frankfurt

Like every autumn, the Numismata will take place in Berlin and in Frankfurt: the Numismata Berlin from 12 to 13 October, the Numismata Frankfurt from 22 to 23 November. Be aware that this year’s Numismata Frankfurt already starts on Friday. In return, it will not take place on Sunday.

ANA Selects Phoenix as Host City for 2021 National Money Show

The American Numismatic Association has chosen the host city and venue for the 2021 National Money Show. The event will take place on March 11-13, 2021 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mint Experts Meet at TEMAN Conference in Singapore

Delegates of mints and issuing authorities will be meeting from 4 to 7 November 2019 in Singapore. The 2019 TEMAN conference is hosted by the Singapore Mint. The deadline for submitting conference paper proposals is fixed on 18 September 2019.

New “Furka Pass” Swiss Commemorative Coin and 2019 Christmas Coin Set

On 12 September 2019, Swissmint will conclude this year’s coin programme of Switzerland with the new “Furka Pass” silver coin, the second in the three-part Swiss Alpine passes coin series, and with the 2019 Christmas coin set.

Bank of Latvia Dedicates Collector Coin to Painter Niklāvs Strunke

Latvijas Banka has issued a specially shaped coin in silver dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966), Latvian painter, graphic artist and stage designer. The coin features fragments of two of his most distinguished works.

Treasure from the Era of William the Conqueror

1066: William the Conqueror subdues England. This moment in history is illustrated by a coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Somerset in January 2019. This is the largest Norman hoard found since 1833. And what is more: This coin hoard is of prime historical significance.

Numismatic Summer School in China

The first Numismatic Summer School at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations in Changchun, China was a success. The students discovered the medium coin, the European numismatists learned from unexpected questions.

The Italian Mint Becomes a Multifunctional Cultural Centre

Die Produktion in der „Zecca“ wurde eingestellt, doch noch immer ist sie Sitz der Schule für Medaillenkunst (SAM). Nun wird sie zum Kulturzentrum, das dem gesamten Viertel Esquilino in Rom zugutekommt.

Numismatic Exhibition in Argentina

Are you living in or visiting Buenos Aires? Make sure to attend ‘Mythology on Coins from Greece and Rome’. The Banco Provincia Museum offers a free exhibition on Greek and Roman coinage with a focus on classical mythology in cooperation with ADVENTVS.

The Colmar Treasure – A Testimony from the Year of the Great Plague

The Met Cloisters is currently exhibiting one of the best-known testimonies to the persecution of Jews in the context of the Great Plague: the Colmar treasure. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the publication.

Collectors Converge on Chicago World’s Fair of Money

The Chicago suburb of Rosemont again proved to be a popular site for the World’s Fair of Money, with many hobbyists lauding the show as the best in recent...

George F. Kolbe Numismatic Library To Be Sold

It’s just one month that George Kolbe was honored by the ANA with the Lifetimes Achievement Award. Now the personal library of the most eminent numismatic bookseller George F. Kolbe will be sold at auction featuring not only his books but also various related collectables.

“Plamet”: a New Material for Coin Mass Production

We are happy to reprint an article which was originally published at the Gold Chervonets Magazine in Russian on a new material used for coins by the Russian joint-stock company Goznak. Mass production of coins made of the new material is due to start by the end of 2019.

South African Mint marks 25 Years of Democracy

The South African Mint unveiled the last edition in the ‘Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela’ Protea collectable coin series. The 2019 range pays tribute to the Republic’s first democratically elected president and global icon’s legacy.

Lullaby – Little Princess

CIT Coin Invest has issued the second issue of the “Lullaby” series. “Little Princess” combines the ancient tradition of presenting a newborn child with a lucky coin, with a musical box that can be purchased with the coin.

Pobjoy Mint Reveals First Coin in New 50p Maritime Series

Pobjoy Mint has relesed the first coin in the 50p series on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The coin features the green sea turtle portrayed in colour.

New CoinsWeekly Special Issue for London Coinex

The new CoinsWeekly Special Issue for London Coinex is now available for free download. The issue contains a detailed article about George I of Great Britain and a catalogue with prices of the German talers of this ruler.

Back to Sark: A Stolen Medal Returns to the Channel Island

Baldwin’s of St. James’s have been able to re-unite the Guernsey Museums and Galleries with an engraved silver medal which was stolen from them almost 50 years ago. The piece tells us the story of the short history of the silver mines in the Channel Island of Sark.

A Witness to Cruel Times

One in two European Jews was killed in 1348/49. They died of the Black Death or were slayed, as people thought them to be responsible for this horrible pestilence. “The Colmar Treasure” is one of the hoards which were buried during these years. It is exhibited now at the Met Cloisters.

The Museum Revolution in Baden

The new permanent exhibition “Archaeology in Baden” turns the museum visitor into an active user. With interactive ground maps, 3D scanners and virtual reality glasses, the pilot project tries to enable visitors to experience archaeological eras up close.

The Armorial Ring from Loch Lomond

Dix Noonan Webb offer a special 17th-century gold ring, discovered metal-detecting on the shores of Loch Lomond. The metal-detectorist had previously found an extremely rare gold hammered coin.

Spectacular Collection of Chinese Patterns Featuring Mao Zedong

The NGC Shanghai office had the chance to grade a collection of Chinese patterns featuring the portrait of Mao Zedong. Mao was famously resistant to having his portrait on coinage, so the patterns were never adopted for circulation. NGC shares pictures of these rarities with the numismatic community.

50th Anniversary of the World’s Largest Mint

In 1792, US Congress decided to establish a national mint in the then capital Philadelphia. Over the centuries buildings have changed, and the fourth Philadelphia facility was built exactly 50 years ago. It has become the world’s largest mint in both size and production.

San Marino Continues “Zodiac” Coin Series

The Ufficio Filatelico Numismatico San Marino continues the 5 Euro numismatic series dedicated to the 12 astrological signs. The new coins feature the zodiac signs Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.

East India Company Issues Japanese Trade Dollar

The East India Company Bullion Ltd has released the fourth coin in their current collector coin series “The Trade Dollar Collection”. The series features five of the most popular and sought-after trade pieces issued during the mid-19th and into the 20th century.

The Monetary History of the USA.

In this series we tell you the monetary history of the United States of America – of course using coins. Starting with the foundation of the nation until the 1980s. Follow us into the land of opportunity! Here you can find all parts of the series.

Robbery in Wild West-Style

About $2.5 million worth of gold coins and watches were stolen from the Mexican Mint. The armed robbers entered the shop of the Mint Museum in Mexico City at gunpoint and carried their haul away in a trolley case.

A CoinsWeekly Special Issue for the Sberatel in Prague

From 6 to 7 September 2019, the Sberatel will take place in Prague. It is the largest collector’s fair in Central and Eastern Europe. On this occasion, CoinsWeekly issues a free publication in Czech.

Eightieth Birthday of Walter Grasser

The Bavarian numismatist Walter Grasser considered himself a mediator between coin museums, dealers and collectors. In the 70ies his books were numismatic bestsellers. Matthias Barth offers his congratulations on the occasion of Walter Grasser’s 80th birthday.

The Bank of England: 325 Years, 325 Objects

The Bank of England will celebrate its 325th anniversary this July with a story-filled exhibition. Objects include banknote designs, the earliest notes and 19th century forgeries. Also featured: The newly-commissioned floral banknote sculpture by artist Justine Smith.

Homo Ludens – or why Toy Money belongs in the British Museum

Playing with Money – that is the title of a small display that can be visited until 29 September 2019 in the British Museum. A small but fundamental book on the topic of games involving money written by Robert Bracey coincides with the exhibition. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA honors Numismatists at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money

The ANA honored numismatists of outstanding merit at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money. Among them are Thomas Hallenbeck and George Kolbe.

The Official Press Release about the Future of Krause’s Numismatic Journals

Having been sold, Krause forms now part of Active Interest Media. Lately, the official press release about the future of Krause has been published.

Small Denominations Gain Reprieve from Chancellor

One penny and two pence cause problems in the UK. According to estimates, six out of ten are used only once before being discarded in jars. Nevertheless, the British Finance Minister has now announced that there are no plans to discontinue their production.

Manannán – 1st King of Man

On behalf of the Isle of Man, CIT Coin Invest has issued a commemorative coin for the Celtic warrior king Manannán. The namesake of the island adorns the reverse side of the silver coin, kneeling in full armor in front of the Celtic cross.

Armstrong’s Footprint on Italian Coin

2019 we celebrate the jubilee of the moon landing. The Italian Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) has released a commemorative coin, too.

Simon Bendall (1937-2019)

Everyone who collected Byzantine coins had to do with Simon Bendall. He was a collector, dealer, scientist and profound expert of the subject. On 6 August 2019 we will bury the grandmaster of Byzantine numismatics.

News about the XVI International Numismatic Congress

The XVI International Numismatic Congress will take place in Warsaw from 19 to 24 September 2021. The website is online. You will find many interesting details on the website – and more of them are added constantly!

ANA Honors Distinguished Numismatists with Awards

The American Numismatic Association has chosen this years’ award recipients. The awards will be presented to the Numismatists at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money® on August 15

The Year of the Dealer

‘SOLD! The Year of the Dealer: Antique Dealers, Art Markets and Museum’ is a collaborative research project by major British museums organized by the University of Leeds. It investigates the history of the antique, coin and art trade and its relationship with public museums.

A Life’s Work: The Rainer Opitz Collection “Reformatio in Nummis”

The catalogue of the Opitz collection has been published. The six-volume work comprises exactly 3,577 pages with more than 6,000 objects, which were collected by Rainer Opitz in about 40 years on the subject of “Reformatio in Nummis”.

Ohio Budget Kills Sales-Tax Exemption

The Ohio 2020–2021 budget eliminates the sales-tax exemption on the purchases of investment metal bullion and investment coins. The budget plan also directs the state to begin collecting sales taxes on interstate purchases.

Bank of England unveils personality to be featured on next generation £50 polymer banknote

Alan Turing will be featured on the new British £50 polymer note. He unveiled the secret of the German Enigma encryption, was one of the most important pioneers of theoretical computer science and was chemically castrated by the British Government in order to cure his homosexual orientation.

Augustus featured on modern coin

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) released the third coin of a series dedicated to the Roman Emperors. It shows the first emperor Augustus.

Marking 100 Years of Calgary’s Victory Stampede With New Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver coin commemorating the historic Victory Stampede of 1919 and the Canadian soldiers of WWI. The coin features a gold-plated cowboy riding atop his galloping steed.

Reincarnation or immortality? Coins are not struck by the hour!

When it comes to high-end watches, Bulgari bets on ancient coins. Since 1966, unique pieces have been created in irregular intervals, involving the fabrication of ancient coins. Björn Schöpe presents the current examples.

30 Months in Prison For Selling Counterfeit Coins

U.S. coin dealer Barry R. Skog was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for carrying out a counterfeit fraud scheme in multiple states. He fraudulently obtained more than fifty thousand dollars. Some victims still may be unidentified.

British Museum shows objects from Solomon Islands

A new display at the British Museum focuses on how colonial objects from Solomon Islands came to be in the Museum’s collection in London. Among these objects visitors will find some pre-monetary forms of money like local shell-money beads.

Numismática Forense Combines Numismatic and Forensic Studies

The Argentinian numismatist Diego Alvarez has launched a new website in Spanish language focussed on counterfeits and their detection. Find here some information about it.

Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815)

He took off to convert the Jews – and became a rabbi. The pietistic Protestant originated oriental studies and Islamic numismatics. An edited collection takes up aspects of his scientific work. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

NGC, PMG and eBay Partner on Expert Review Service

Uncertified coins and banknotes on one of the world’s largest marketplaces will have a link to purchase a preliminary review by NGC and PMG experts. The Expert Review Services promise quick results and competitive prices.

20 years of H2O

H2O GmbH helps the coin industry too, to treat their industrial wastewater sustainably. After 20 years the company still has big plans as Matthias Fickenscher explains in an interview. This confirms the new extension building at the headquarter and the most recent product.

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