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Nowhere else can you spend old coin

Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading

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Copper future potentially exciting

Six years ago when silver was about to make its peak at just over $48 an ounce, coin shows became all about bullion. Some firms began to sell copper rounds and bars as if they were a precious metal. My … Continue reading

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If avoiding loss is goal, choose gold

Many coin collectors are dismayed to discover that they have coins they purchased years ago that have lost value. That is not pleasant. But nobody promised that every coin would rise in value over time. That is the collector hope, … Continue reading

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New directory brings us together

I remember watching television as a kid. At the end of a segment, an announcer’s voice would say, “And now a word from our sponsor.” Advertising paid the bills then. It still does. Ads also pay the bills for papers … Continue reading

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Are Eagle sales sending us a signal?

Silver and gold buyers probably remember the year 2016 as the year of two markets. The first half of the year saw precious metals go up and up. They had racked up huge gains by the beginning of July. Then … Continue reading

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Anyone buying circulated Mercs?

This week’s letter section has a submission from a reader suggesting that the 1916-D Mercury dime is an overvalued coin. I look forward to seeing how readers react to this opinion. In circulated grades, it certainly might be. When I … Continue reading

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Nickel-plated zinc in our coin future?

Whether the United States ever changes the composition of its nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar is something that none of us can know. If it does, one of the leading candidates to serve as the new composition is nickel-plated … Continue reading

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Compare yourself to reader profile

I wrote a blog the other day on a topic that I think is important enough to repeat. I have put the complete blog text here: Trying to figure out what is important to readers is based in part on … Continue reading

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Nickels were last hurrah for finds

Even when I was a kid, Jefferson nickels did not rate very highly among collectors. I might not have been able to explain it, but I got the message. As a result, the series was the last one I began … Continue reading

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Here we go with my 2017 forecasts

It is time to stick my neck out and put my forecasts for 2017 in print. I put them all in a talk I gave Jan. 5 at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Fort Lauderdale. I have not taken … Continue reading

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