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Summer focus is not at the beach

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

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Bullion no longer just our secret

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

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Chet Krause taught by example

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

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Rooting for the U.S. team in Berlin

It was good to see U.S. Mint staff in Berlin to attend the World Money Fair. I would like to think picking up the Coin of the Year Award provided at least some incentive for Rhett Jeppson, the principal deputy … Continue reading

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Full split bands lead to full headache

Nobody likes to think about tax time, but if you are expecting a refund, the earlier you wade through the process the better. I know someone is thinking this way because I received an email from an individual who said … Continue reading

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GAO leaves coin questions to Mint

If you are like me, you often find yourself listening to an oldies radio station that replays the hits of half a century ago. In its own way, the U.S. Mint is replaying its hit of 1965 when it found … Continue reading

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Gold issued because Treasury can

In 2016 we will see the Mercury dime design, the Standing Liberty quarter design and the Walking Liberty half design made in gold. In 2017, we might see historic designs from the 1790s to mark the 225th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Are your heirs smarter than you?

It is a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions. I am going to bring up a topic that falls under the heading of resolutions, but more along the line of a life’s resolution rather than an ephemeral one to … Continue reading

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It’s all about letters readers write

There was not much space for letters to the editor or anything else except the monthly price guide in this issue of Numismatic News. I have been forced to borrow the “Viewpoint” space on Page 7 simply to provide a … Continue reading

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Time to replace silver with gold?

How high a premium for silver bullion coins is too high? I checked the APMEX website and discovered that with silver trading at an ask price of $16.09 per ounce on the day this column is being written one silver … Continue reading

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