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No official inaugural medal – sad

While at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8 I learned from retired congressman Jimmy Hayes that there will be no official inaugural medal for President Donald Trump. I had been hoping against hope that the low-key approach to inaugural … Continue reading

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2016 forecasts better than my 2015’s

I did better with my annual forecasts for 2016 than I did for the year before. But I feel worse. I relapsed into getting gold and silver wrong again. Whereas in 2015 I had a 50-50 result, my forecasts for … Continue reading

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Cashless society makes advances

I bought a soda in the break room before I sat down to write this column. I do not do this very often, but I had a hankering for a Coke. I had two $1 bills in my hand. Price … Continue reading

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Collectors haven’t tried threats

Collect coins like they will be taken away from you tomorrow. That might seem to be a strange sentence to begin this column with. I recall as a child being kidded from time to time about collecting coins. It was … Continue reading

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Evolve with the times is my motto

The discussion over the future of the hobby continues with a very interesting Viewpoint this week, which you can read by clicking here. Perhaps we should pretend that it is the first day of class and our new teacher asked … Continue reading

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Feel free to ignore the expensive

Like most collectors on a budget, I watch as the annual proof gold American Eagle sets come and go. I wached the gold First Spouse series. In neither case am I a buyer. That does not mean the Mint should … Continue reading

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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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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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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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New Mint director after six years?

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

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