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1821 large cent tough to find in top grades

Just as some coins can be sleepers, and others sleepers with very little chance of waking up any time soon, coins can also be overrated. The contention has been made that the 1821 Coronet Head large cent is not as … Continue reading

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Check for whizzing on silver dollar

How can I tell if a Morgan dollar has altered surfaces and is not prooflike? Examine the coin under significant magnification and good lighting. If the coin has been whizzed to improve the surface appearance, it will become obvious through … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Coins merit national tax exemption

By definition, sales and use taxes are called “consumption taxes” because they are imposed on items that are consumed or used up. Some states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon) do not assess any sales or use taxes. Most … Continue reading

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Club dinner part of a better future

It’s a good thing I don’t go to the Nicolet Coin Club dinner more than once a year. I am treated so well by its members that I would get a swelled head. Yesterday, Clifford Mishler, Joel Edler and I … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Proof sets set collector hearts aflutter

The most exciting sales figures this week were for proof sets. The 2018 clad proof set number rose by 5,159 to 243,540. The silver proof set rose by 4,316 and now stands at 176,752. The 2018-W uncirculated collector version of … Continue reading

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1855 Seated Liberty dollar ‘dramatically underrated’

Sleepers come in all forms. Sometimes coins are not heavily collected, and as a result, are not priced at the same levels as others with a greater collector base. In other instances, a truly scarce coin in upper grades is … Continue reading

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Full Steps help Jeffersons stand out

How important is the appearance of Full Steps on a Jefferson/Monticello nickel to the overall grade of the coin? Full Steps is a designation treated the same as are Full Split Bands on Mercury dimes and Full Head on Standing … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Idea not good if it burns collectors

by Charles Salemi Your Class of ‘63 article in the May 29th Numismatic News suggests putting mintmarks on bullion coins to help the Mint use the enhanced capacity it now finds itself having more of than needed. At first glance, … Continue reading

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Nominate now for Numismatic Ambassador Awards

Organized numismatics could not exist without volunteers to do the work. That is a fact. Another fact is that these volunteers do not get enough recognition. To remedy that, the Florida United Numismatists presents five Numismatic Ambassador Awards each year … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Uncirculated Eagle stalls under 100,000

Losing its oomph this week was the 2018-W uncirculated collector version of the silver American Eagle bullion coin. It went on the board a week ago for the first time at under 90,000 pieces. Another 5,980 were sold in the … Continue reading

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