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Final good-bye to Chet

Today is the funeral for Chet Krause in Iola, Wis. It will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Iola-Scandinavia High School, which is the largest venue in this town of 1,300. I expect many people will be … Continue reading

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Chet Krause taught by example

I am the longest-serving employee still working for the firm that Chet Krause founded. I arrived in 1978. Susie Melum followed a few weeks after me as a full-time hire. It was appropriate then that she was the one who … Continue reading

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Are you excited about the approaching issuance of a U.S. palladium coin?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are you excited about the approaching issuance of a U.S. palladium coin? 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 … Continue reading

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Keep paper money in spotlight

The author Oscar Wilde liked clever turns of phrase. He said the only thing worse than being talked about was not being talked about. Such was the thinking of a 19th century celebrity that would probably fit the thinking of … Continue reading

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Current $1 set’s appeal debased

Both of my grandfathers were in France fighting against imperial German troops during World War I. The experience changed them. How could it not? Popular culture came up with a song, “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After … Continue reading

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Wisdom of silver buyers

Have average bullion coin investors begun to run out of money for buying silver American Eagles? That might be an overdramatic question, but the June sales figures, with just three days to go in the month, are running at half … Continue reading

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We’ll miss you, Chet

Chet Krause died over the weekend at the age of 92. I was traveling. My condolences to the family. It is probably appropriate that I was on the road when he passed as no individual was more responsible for opening … Continue reading

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We’ll miss you, Chet

Chet Krause died over the weekend at the age of 92. I was traveling. My condolences to the family. It is probably appropriate that I was on the road when he passed as no individual was more responsible for opening … Continue reading

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Old cars and barbecue

Coin collectors are not focused solely on numismatics. They have regular lives and widespread interests. This is especially true during the summer. Iola, Wis., is getting ready for its annual car show, which starts July 7 and runs through July … Continue reading

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What happens next?

Today is not a day of numismatic significance, but it might become one if the British people vote to leave the European Union. Whether the advantages of staying, or risks of leaving the EU win the political argument, I cannot say. … Continue reading

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