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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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Who can save proof and mint sets?

The Mint was very kind to arrange a half-hour interview for me with Dave Motl, the Acting Deputy Director. We sat down at the close of the first day of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 1. … Continue reading

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Yes, I am bugging out to Denver

While this issue is being produced, many hobbyists are in Denver to see what excitement the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money can produce. Naturally, I am there as well. That means that this issue of Numismatic News Express … Continue reading

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Errors still spark dreams of riches

If a local coin show wants to generate huge traffic, all it will have to do is set up a table to evaluate 1982-D small date cents. Are they the rare copper (just one known) or are they the common … Continue reading

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Canadian note gives me an idea

Canada has issued a special commemorative $10 note to celebrate its 150th anniversary. (See story here.) Its purple color is striking. It’s polymer composition is worth having a discussion about. It is only the fourth commemorative note ever issued by … Continue reading

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