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Follow rules to give 2018 good start

It is not quite the end of the year as I write this. It will soon be time to evaluate my forecasts made for 2017. I then have to make new ones for 2018. Overthinking is the biggest enemy of … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold Eagle buyers jump in big time

Gold American Eagle bullion coins came alive this week. Suddenly, 28,000 one-ounce coins have been sold with smaller numbers of the fractional sizes. This makes December the second busiest sales month of 2017 for the ouncers. Only the January sales … Continue reading

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Hawaii cents ‘sacrificed’ to volcano

Do you know the legend that surrounds the disappearance of the 1847 Hawaii cents? The reverse design of the 1847 cent includes a wreath of ohelo leaves and berries. This is a plant that grows on the slopes of Kilauea … Continue reading

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Who will get Coin of the Year Award?

Coin of the Year balloting is occurring later this year than last. The international panel of judges began voting as this electronic issue of Numismatic News was being prepared. Who will win? It is up to the judges to vote … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Medal beats coin; can you believe it?

Can you imagine a medal outselling a coin? It is happening right in front of our eyes. Look at the proof Boys Town silver dollar. Mintage is 25,049. The 2017-P proof American Liberty silver medal has sold 52,555 – more … Continue reading

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High-grade 1922-S Peace dollars tough

Almost no one considers the 1922-S Peace dollar as one of the better dates in the series. While it certainly is not a key date, it has become (at least in grade MS-65 and above) a better date than many … Continue reading

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‘Pennies’ for ID

What are Masonic pennies? Masonic “pennies” are actually medals identifying the individual as a member of the Masons. Most of these identify the Masonic lodge and the member. The concept of a medal as a membership card likely began at … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Where you stay during conventions matters

By Kevin Foley I read with interest your recent blog commentary on the issue of hotel room pickup as a factor in decision making by convention centers as to whom and when they will offer their facilities to. Those who … Continue reading

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Many a calendar page has turned

My goodness, where has the year gone? This is the last paper issue of 2017. Next week will see an electronic issue put together. Then comes the Jan. 2, 2018, Florida United Numismatists convention special issue. When the calendar turns … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver bullion Eagles beat September

November silver Eagle sales have inched past the September figure and now stand at 385,000 pieces. September sales of 320,000 remain as the lowest monthly total for 2017. Perhaps December will nudge September aside? We’ll see. Clad proof sets continue … Continue reading

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