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2018 looks like a good year all around

Here I go again, putting myself out on a limb to forecast what is going to happen in 2018. Making a forecast is a tradition stretching back many years. Just don’t bet the farm on any of these outcomes. 1. … Continue reading

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Time to start my own cryptocurrency

If I wanted to get rich, I would announce the creation of my new cryptocurrency in this space. It is the latest trend. Everybody is doing it from failing dictatorships in Venezuela to failing camera film companies like Kodak. Why … Continue reading

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Half right, half wrong – no way to brag

How charitable do you want to be as I add up the results of my forecasts for the year 2017? I can make the figures add up to 6-4, 5-5 or 4-6 depending on whether you let me. I call … Continue reading

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New year offers many coins to acquire

A new year means there are coins with a new date on them to chase. In the old days, collectors simply bought a proof set and a mint set and had them all. It is no longer so easy. There … Continue reading

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Who gets to decide on coin designs?

Coin collectors have groused that Congress has taken commemorative coin programs to ridiculous extremes. The worst of it was during the Atlanta Olympic Games of 1996. Since then, programs have been limited to two a year, and there is a … Continue reading

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Follow rules to give 2018 good start

It is not quite the end of the year as I write this. It will soon be time to evaluate my forecasts made for 2017. I then have to make new ones for 2018. Overthinking is the biggest enemy of … Continue reading

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Who will get Coin of the Year Award?

Coin of the Year balloting is occurring later this year than last. The international panel of judges began voting as this electronic issue of Numismatic News was being prepared. Who will win? It is up to the judges to vote … Continue reading

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Many a calendar page has turned

My goodness, where has the year gone? This is the last paper issue of 2017. Next week will see an electronic issue put together. Then comes the Jan. 2, 2018, Florida United Numismatists convention special issue. When the calendar turns … Continue reading

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Cent questions have staying power

How many generations of cent emails will I get? I ask that question after nearly a year of emails relating to 2017’s newly discovered Lincoln rarities. The Jan. 3 issue of Numismatic News reported the discovery of a 1982-D small … Continue reading

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When will China buy American coins?

I stumbled on some interesting information while I was in China. A speaker estimated that there are 750,000 to almost 1.4 million buyers of gold and silver coins in China. That number is very similar to what is the case … Continue reading

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