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- Letters to the Editor (February 7, 2017) ‘Average’ collector values history, geography in coins Reading Dave Harper’s editorial and the Viewpoint of the Jan. 3 issue I’m responding to both giving my collection preferences and my general agreement with the Viewpoint column. I collected coins as a child with my father and probably stopped in high school and didn’t start again until I ...
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Author Archives: Pat Heller
Silver has a number of properties that can make it useful in a wide variety of industrial applications. More than 50 years ago, the use of silver to strike coins was a major industrial use of the metal. Before the … Continue reading
What was perhaps the most important news development in the last week that will impact precious metals prices in the long run? No, I don’t think it had anything to do with the U.S. presidential elections. In my assessment, no … Continue reading
In the second half of summer, trading volume in physical precious metals declined significantly. Then, following the significant price drops on Oct. 4, there was a jump in buying demand. However, this buying surge has since partially tailed off. In … Continue reading
On Oct. 13, the U.S. Mint conducted its Numismatic Forum in Philadelphia at the Federal Reserve Bank, followed by a reception at the U.S. Mint. I was one of those invited and was among approximately 50-55 people to come to … Continue reading
Last week, the price of gold dropped almost five percent, silver was down almost 10 percent, platinum fell nearly seven percent, and palladium was off close to eight percent. Are precious metals crashing? Yet, at last Friday’s closes, gold’s price … Continue reading
The process by which the U.S. Mint comes up with the designs for the series of America the Beautiful Quarters does not include any input from the general public. Does that seem fair to you? It sure doesn’t to me. … Continue reading
The U.S. Mint is conducting a Numismatic Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 13. According to Tom Jurkowsky, the US Mint’s Chief of the Office of Corporate Communications, “The purpose of the event is to … Continue reading
Earlier this year, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 172. This law adds provision 54 in Section 1 to establish a sales and use tax exemption on the retail sales of “investment metal bullion” and “investment coins,” which … Continue reading
Kenneth S. Rogoff is the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and now a Harvard professor. His latest book, titled “The Curse of Cash,” has just been released. Rogoff identifies two reasons why the use of cash should … Continue reading
By examining and learning about coins and paper currency, you can educate yourself about art, communication, culture, economics, geography, history, languages, industrial production, mathematics, science and a lot more. Here are just a few questions for which the answers can … Continue reading