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Short snorters organized by signatures

Is there a way in which people typically collect short snorters? There are many ways to collect these notes, but the most popular is likely when the note provides information including names, ranks, serial numbers, military unit designations, and other … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Barber quarter variety worth a look

By Mark Johnson While browsing the dealer tables at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Coin Show, a nicely toned 1900 Barber quarter caught my eye at Dean Oakes’ table. I often find that a coin has to have something extra for … Continue reading

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We haven’t changed much, have we?

Looking at my calendar in preparation for this issue, it occurred to me that I have an anniversary to celebrate. On Nov. 1, it will be the 50th anniversary of my placing my first order for proof sets with the … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Special coin and stamp set a yawner

The Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Stamp set put up its first number below. It is just 2,846. Mintage limit is 25,000. It does not seem likely that sale will reach the limit. The first few days of availability usually … Continue reading

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Reference catalog not an offer to sell

If you don’t buy or sell coins, why do you publish all those catalogs offering them for sale? Catalogs, like coins, come in varieties. There are two principal varieties of coin catalogs: reference catalogs and sale catalogs. We publish only … Continue reading

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Topics many don’t want to think about

Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain are death and taxes. Coin collectors are notoriously averse to thinking about either. How many heirs have contacted me over the years after the passing of a loved one? Too many. They don’t … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver bullion Eagles put in big number

Silver American Eagle bullion coins are hot. In just one week, the Mint has sold 1,010,000 more of them to its Authorized Purchasers. The running tally for the year is now 12,680,000. Check all the bullion coin totals on the … Continue reading

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Full-Bell-Line 1952-S avoids dud -65 price

Slowly but surely, Franklin half dollars are gaining respect. It certainly helps when a date like the 1952-S in MS66 condition with full bell lines sets auction records, but the truth is that Franklin halves are much better as a … Continue reading

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BEP just one issuer of souvenir cards

Should I consider Bureau of Engraving and Printing printed souvenir cards to be the only true souvenir cards? Souvenir cards are an exonumia area of collecting occasionally sought by both coin and stamp collectors. The BEP began its current program … Continue reading

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100-point scale deserves discussion

We struck pay dirt in terms of numbers of readers responding to the question of whether numismatics should change to a 100-point grading scale. “Best of Buzz” is where responses usually go. There are many appearing in the two-page section … Continue reading

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