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It might be time to worry – or not

I was conversing with a dealer from the national circuit the other day about the seemingly slow start to the 2017 autumn collecting season. He is earning his living, but he has nothing to write home about. I can write … Continue reading

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Palladium bullion coin hard to peg

Is the 2017 one-ounce palladium American Eagle a bullion coin that some collectors will happen to collect? Or, is the new coin, with a mintage of just 15,000, destined to be solely a collector coin? Right now, I don’t think … Continue reading

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Get that small-town feeling with coins

When I walk down the street here in Iola, Wis., people say hello. I reply in a friendly way. Sometimes it becomes the start of a long conversation. You never know in a small town. Iola has 1,300 people. I … Continue reading

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Mistakes can be fun and ‘profitable’

I recently met a reader who said he really loved my column. He began reading it when I made forecasts for the future. He said in the first one he had read I was mostly wrong. Guilty as charged. I … Continue reading

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Never got one of these in change

I received an interesting quarter in my lunch change this week. It had been a long day. It was evening when I got home before I even looked at it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I did look. No, … Continue reading

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My handwriting sets off a reader

Ever wonder what will happen as schools stop teaching cursive handwriting? I just had a taste of the possible results. Funny, though, this experience came in correspondence with an older gentleman. It all began with a letter to me from … Continue reading

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Wait until hype is over and then buy

The Forecaster is an investment newsletter than I have kept my eye on since 1969. John Kamin writes it from his base in Southern California. Longevity in the investment advisory business means that people find enough value in the advice … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Time to tell the Ellis Island story again

The Ellis Island 5-ounce silver bullion coin went on the board below at 39,500. That is nearly double the number of the prior two designs. The story of Ellis Island has inspired collectors for years. Perhaps a new promotion to … Continue reading

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Coins can provide mini-vacations

Everybody needs a vacation. Getting away and recharging the mental and physical batteries is important. But not everyone has the budget to go on an exotic trek through the Himalayas, or even to relax at a lakeside cottage. That’s where … Continue reading

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Two clubs can show us how to do it

Two coin clubs in New York marked their 1,000th meetings just months apart. (Read more here and here.) What a milestone it is to have achieved such longevity. It is not easy. Whatever the two clubs have done, we should … Continue reading

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