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August 1987 seems relevant today

Silver has suddenly dropped to lows not seen since the beginning of 2016. The $14.41 price as this is written on Aug. 15 came about rather suddenly. Only one day ago, it was still over $15. This is nothing to … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: World War I breaks out of the trenches

What do you know? When the Mint put the World War I coin and medal sets back on sale, the results have actually been positive. Even the commemorative dollars sold individually showed a little spark of life. The Army medal … Continue reading

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1805 the first quarter many can afford

Early quarters are just plain tough. In fact, if you are living on an average income, you could have a real problem trying to afford any early quarter. It appears to have been a matter of priorities. Apparently, the quarter … Continue reading

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Reopened ‘O’ Mint made proof dollars

Branch mint proofs are unusual. Why did the New Orleans Mint strike proof silver dollars in 1879? It has been suggested the proofs were struck to mark the reopening of the New Orleans facility, which had closed during the Civil … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mint three-cent coin to save money

By Wayne Pearson Rather than abolish the cent, as some would like, saving the cent could be as easy as 1-2-3. A Trime. Consider if we issued a three-cent piece. For every 100 one-cent coins, we could issue 16 trimes … Continue reading

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Changes come through like buses

What are coin collectors thinking about this summer? Judging from the letters below, they are thinking about the same things they usual think about. There are new Mint products to weigh in on, errors to report, circulation finds, and activities … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Current sellout watch like paint drying

World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and Medal Sets have gone back on sale. Sales figures below have inched up a tad for all five sets. Whether the Mint can resell all of the sets that were returned is another … Continue reading

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Mint packaging can be a problem

Is it safe to leave my proof coins and mint sets in the packaging they were in when I received them from the Mint? As a general rule, the proof set hard plastic packaging is airtight, but the plastic envelopes … Continue reading

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Who has the biggest pile of gold $20s?

United States Steel was the first billion dollar corporation back in 1901. Apple looks like it will be the first trillion dollar corporation 117 years later. The maker of the iPhone is not there yet. It was trading at $201.70 … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Reverse proof numbers shy of sellout

Still interested in reverse proof sets? After all, a week is a long time in the Internet Age. Since the last column, the Mint has sold 39,281 of the San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set. This brings the total to … Continue reading

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