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When ordinary people triumph

I was blown away when I had the opportunity to hold a Cumberland Gap quarter in my hand at the Central States Numismatic Society convention this past week. It was an ordinary uncirculated clad quarter of the kind that you … Continue reading

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I looked but didn’t buy

The Mint booth at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, Ill., was worth a visit this past weekend. While I did not see masses of people attempting to purchase Mint products, I took advantage of the quiet to … Continue reading

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Central States to add admission charge

It will cost more to attend future Central States Numismatic Society conventions. Starting in 2018, a convention registration fee will be charged. For one day, the price will be $5. For admission for all days of the show, the price … Continue reading

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Good start, bad start?

I asked dealers at the Central States Numismatic Society how business was yesterday when I arrived in late afternoon. It was the tail end of setup day and things were quieting down. A couple of dealers who arrived in the … Continue reading

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An organization of central importance

I am heading down to Schaumberg, Ill., later this morning to attend the Central States Numismatic Society convention at the Renaissance Convention Center. I hope to see you there. Central States is one of the major events held during each … Continue reading

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Cash or credit, the debate goes on

How long will cash stick around? This has become a perennial question in numismatics. It might even take on political overtones if the $20 bill is abolished before Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew can make good on his promise … Continue reading

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Treasure the coins, but treasure people more

I checked the Kitco website for the prices of gold and silver this morning as I usually do. Gold was $1,238.60 a troy ounce. Silver was $17.05. The dominant rhythm of numismatic life these days is set by the fluctuations … Continue reading

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Should all U.S. paper money be redesigned?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Should all U.S. paper money be redesigned? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More about the subject: -Hamilton has … Continue reading

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Nostalgia goes for the gold

Were collectors who rapidly pushed yesterday’s Mint offer of a gold Mercury dime to a sellout making a purchase based on nostalgia or intelligence? Setting aside for a moment the possibility that the answer to the question could be both, … Continue reading

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Dealers win at CICF 2016

Why does a coin dealer cross the road? To get to the other side where his Chicago International Coin Fair clients awaited him April 14-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Once dealers made the trek … Continue reading

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