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Metal prices affect common dates

What is the true impact of the spot price of precious metals on the value of our previously circulating silver and gold coins? A majority of the circulation strike gold and silver coins are common, due either to their date … Continue reading

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Questions posed to ANA candidates

By Robert Matitia At the American Numismatic Association’s candidate forum March 10 at the National Money Show in Orlando, Fla., I would direct the following questions. To Mike Ellis, I would ask: What is your beef with PNG? It seems … Continue reading

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Anyone buying circulated Mercs?

This week’s letter section has a submission from a reader suggesting that the 1916-D Mercury dime is an overvalued coin. I look forward to seeing how readers react to this opinion. In circulated grades, it certainly might be. When I … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Snooze fest only term for this week’s sales

What do you make of a week when the most exciting sales number at the U.S. Mint is the 3,698 additional 2016 uncirculated coin sets that were sold? Dull, right? Nevertheless, there simply was not much excitement. The silver proof … Continue reading

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1869-S dimes possess interesting past

It’s amazing to consider how many stories there are regarding lost or missing coins. There are also numerous stories about coins that suddenly appear in places where they should not be. One of these stories involves the 1869-S Seated Liberty … Continue reading

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West Point called Fort Knox of silver

The U.S. Mint facility at West Point is recognized today as an official U.S. mint. Are gold and silver still stored there as well? The West Point Bullion Depository was known as “The Fort Knox of Silver” when it first … Continue reading

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Enjoy numismatics for what it is: a hobby

By Richard Giedroyc Former Krause Publications President and past American Numismatic Association President Clifford Mishler published an outstanding article in the Jan. 24 issue of Numismatic News addressing if collecting is an investment or speculation. Within the article Mishler says, … Continue reading

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Nickel-plated zinc in our coin future?

Whether the United States ever changes the composition of its nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar is something that none of us can know. If it does, one of the leading candidates to serve as the new composition is nickel-plated … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Old programs slow to make room for new

With the accounting pinball machine bouncing numbers around, programs that have ended I am reluctant to remove from this report. Therefore, the 2017 Lions silver dollar has been put below the Mark Twain and National Park Service figures. In the … Continue reading

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Gold coin denominations strange

Please settle an argument. Is the “eagle” a real denomination for U.S. coins? The Act of April 2, 1792, established standards for the gold eagle, half eagle and quarter eagle denominations. The Act of March 3, 1849, authorized the double … Continue reading

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