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Platinum falls with copper and nickel

It has been nearly 12 years since the United States Treasury banned the melting of cents and nickels. It prohibited the export of the coins as well. This was done in December of 2006 because the government was facing the … Continue reading

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Memories of coins might be painful

Clifford Mishler has long made the observation that people usually collect what they know. People my age who are car collectors are drawn to the muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s from a time when we were … Continue reading

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Reader finds show way to future

There is nothing like circulation finds to get a collector’s blood pumping. This week, the Viewpoint and a couple of letters offer results of coin searches. I couldn’t be happier about it. Finds from circulation have provided a basis for … Continue reading

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Three to remember for July, August

The Mint will be unveiling some of its big guns during a period of time that is often called the summer doldrums. First up on July 12 will be the 2018-W uncirculated gold American Eagle. This is a routine issue, … Continue reading

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Club dinner part of a better future

It’s a good thing I don’t go to the Nicolet Coin Club dinner more than once a year. I am treated so well by its members that I would get a swelled head. Yesterday, Clifford Mishler, Joel Edler and I … Continue reading

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Nominate now for Numismatic Ambassador Awards

Organized numismatics could not exist without volunteers to do the work. That is a fact. Another fact is that these volunteers do not get enough recognition. To remedy that, the Florida United Numismatists presents five Numismatic Ambassador Awards each year … Continue reading

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Shield collectors from randomness

Collectors like organizing principles. After all, what is collecting other than organizing chaos? On the other hand, the Mint likes marketing chaos. At least that is how I interpret what it is presently doing. What is the organizing principle behind … Continue reading

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Coin rarity has no party affiliation

Headlines have been made in recent years about the political divide in America. Will there be a divide between those who use coins and those who don’t? Will it become the patriotic thing to do to use coins and save … Continue reading

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Rural Wisconsin still called home

Clifford Mishler paid a visit to this office at the beginning of the week. He wanted to see where we have relocated to since our departure from Iola, Wis. We are getting used to our new office here in Stevens … Continue reading

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Put mintmarks on bullion Eagles

It is no longer news that output levels of silver American Eagle bullion coins are at 10-year lows. It was not so long ago that production was setting records. The 2015 number of 47 million pieces was a huge deal … Continue reading

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