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Viewpoint: Let’s put a woman on paper $2 bill

By Wayne Pearson Woman on the $2 bill? Since the $20 is out of the running until 2026, what about the $2 bill? It doesn’t need any security features, and if we could get people to use it, women among … Continue reading

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Rural Wisconsin still called home

Clifford Mishler paid a visit to this office at the beginning of the week. He wanted to see where we have relocated to since our departure from Iola, Wis. We are getting used to our new office here in Stevens … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Will you be a buyer of proof Buffalo?

Whether you buy it or not, you have to agree that the one-ounce proof Buffalo gold coin is a beauty. The 2018-W went on sale, and the first results are in. Buyers snapped up 6,238 of them. This compares to … Continue reading

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What happened to 1934-D Peace dollars?

Collectors normally do not have a lot of questions about coins of the 1930s, since most of them are pretty well documented. There are, however, some unsettling questions about the 1934-D Peace dollar. In 1934 and 1935, thanks to a … Continue reading

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Overstruck quarters raise eyebrows

Who is responsible for the quarters that have been overstruck to poke fun at some political figures? No one appears ready to admit to making these, although there are a number of coin dealers willing to sell them.   I … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Kennedys hold memories, little profit

By Thomas Jillson Thank you for your weekly editorial regarding Kennedy half dollars. I have been collecting Kennedys ever since we wrapped around the bank doors when the 1964s were released to get them. I say “we” in the global … Continue reading

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Put mintmarks on bullion Eagles

It is no longer news that output levels of silver American Eagle bullion coins are at 10-year lows. It was not so long ago that production was setting records. The 2015 number of 47 million pieces was a huge deal … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Not the dog days but May acts like it

My calendar says May, but activity at the U.S. Mint feels more like August’s dog days of summer. Look at bullion. Just 50,000 silver American Eagles have been sold so far in the month. With such a small number, you … Continue reading

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Dollar sign written before numerals

Why do some countries put the denomination symbol like the dollar sign before the amount and some after? In the U.S., we write $10 and read it as ten dollars, exactly the reverse of the way it’s written. It is … Continue reading

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Shrink cent while cash still used

In the ongoing debate between keeping the cent and killing it off, I am surprised that the suggestion of shrinking it has so little traction. We have done it before as a nation. When the small cent arrived in 1857 … Continue reading

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