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Shake hands, have a conversation

Plan to go to a coin show in 2017. Pick one. It will do you good. It does not matter whether you would like to fly to Fort Lauderdale for a winter getaway at the Florida United Numismatists convention, or … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Another strong month for gold Eagles

Gold bullion American Eagles are still hot as pistols. The one-ounce had its best month of sales in 2016 in November. It beat the previous high in October by 9,500 to reach 110,000 pieces. Silver bullion Eagles went in the … Continue reading

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Collectible classics: Early commems offer value

by Mark Benvenuto One of the amazing aspects of our hobby is that it is large and varied enough that every now and again a series that was once hot has cooled off, and thus deserves a second look. Those … Continue reading

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e-letters (December 13, 2016)

We asked: Are million dollar rarities overhyped?   While the vast majority of collectors will never own a million-dollar coin – including me! – all of us can admire, appreciate and, yes, envy the stratosphere in which those historic coins … Continue reading

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Collectors share a beautiful mind

After I write this column, I will get in a car and travel to the Michigan State Numismatic Society convention in Warren to help celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary. I was invited to be the after-dinner speaker at the banquet. … Continue reading

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More than one Trumbull painting

Is the design on the 1976 $2 note the same as the Trumbull painting in the Capitol? Trumbull’s 1817 painting hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. In that painting some of the signers were left out. As a result, the design … Continue reading

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Hobby is thriving, if you know where to look

By Matthew Andrews In the recent issues of Numismatic News, there have been many articles expressing views of the state of the coin collecting hobby. All have been depressing, to say the least. Comments range from the need to mentor … Continue reading

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Doubled large cent not listed anywhere

I want to know if there is any precedent for an 1818 Coronet Head cent with a doubled die at the reverse on AMERICA. I found one on a coin I bought a couple of months ago. I can’t find … Continue reading

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Why not prize for best VF Buffalo set?

Let me take a step back from the debate about how to bring more coin collectors into the hobby. To even begin that discussion, you have to assume that there are people who know what coins are. Now I am … Continue reading

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Mintage doesn’t tell full 1878-S story

Just when you think you have rare coin pricing all figured out, along comes the 1878-S Seated Liberty half dollar to throw you a curve. Actually, it is not certain whether the 1878-S is the half dollar with the unusual … Continue reading

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