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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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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
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
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
There might be a new Mint director in office in 2017. Technically it has been vacant since Edmund C. Moy left office in 2011. The Mint director’s position is one of roughly 4,000 in the executive branch to be appointed … Continue reading
If Beyonce said join the American Numismatic Association, would you? How about Garth Brooks or Carrie Underwood? I cannot think of a single celebrity who could promote ANA membership in an effective way. I have nothing against stars or star … Continue reading
Did you enjoy the Page 1 story about Buffalo nickels as much as I did? Kids, coins and Nic-A-Date went together when I was a new collector a half century ago. How well I remember. Puzzling over dateless Buffalo nickels … Continue reading
At this time of year, Americans tend to want to take some time off to get away on vacation, or put meat on the grill and relax. The markets are not cooperating. Gold and silver, and especially silver, are on … Continue reading
For many years the bullion coin business has been a profitable cash flow machine for the numismatic business. I remember the days of coin counting machines clanking away on the bourse floor. When bullion was frisky, conventions were noisy. With … Continue reading
I am the longest-serving employee still working for the firm that Chet Krause founded. I arrived in 1978. Susie Melum followed a few weeks after me as a full-time hire. It was appropriate then that she was the one who … Continue reading