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Poll question puts a reader on edge

Our weekly online poll questions have become a popular addition to the pages of Numismatic News in recent years. Sometimes we ask questions that everyone has an opinion on and we get numerous responses. Some weeks we ask a question … Continue reading

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Use new Mint techniques regularly

What have we learned from last year’s successful Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary coin program? No, this is not a column about crowd control at the American Numismatic Association convention. It is about what appeals to 21st century collectors. I … Continue reading

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How long since you last took a look?

How many incomplete sets of coins do you own? In my time in the hobby I have owned plenty. Some I still have. Some I sold off at points in my life when I needed money. It makes me wonder … Continue reading

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Vote online for the Coin of the Year

Have you ever wondered how you would perform as a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee selecting designs for use on American coinage? Would your opinions match those of other experts? Would you find yourself alone in your opinions? … Continue reading

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Ban unnecessary, probably eternal

Eight years ago a coin shortage became a serious possibility as the prices of copper, nickel and zinc were soaring. The public would have found it profitable to melt nickels. Zinc cents looked like they wouldn’t be far behind. The … Continue reading

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Ready to buy or sell on 2016 date?

Some collectors are already anticipating the prospects of 2016 U.S. Mint reproductions of 1916 designs. But rather than spending nearly two years just waiting around, now might be the time to actually collect the original Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter … Continue reading

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Designs give reviewers a workout

If you do not believe the nation’s coin artists are busy, perhaps this issue of Numismatic News will persuade you otherwise. Pages are chock full of potential and recommended coin and medal designs as reviewed by the Commission of Fine … Continue reading

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How about making a fresh start?

If you could start coin collecting all over again, what would you do differently? Another way of putting this question is: if you were completely free to collect anything that appeals to you, what would it be? Too many of … Continue reading

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First clad, then gold and finally silver

Are you ready for next month’s offering of a set of four 50th anniversary Kennedy half dollar coins? Like a movie trilogy, we fans are waiting for the next installment of a popular franchise. The Mint will put the silver … Continue reading

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Cash in your forgotten coin stash

The Great Recession made all Americans more frugal. Coin collectors are no exception. Several years ago when silver was approaching its 2011 peak of almost $50 an ounce I suggested that collectors sell off coins made of silver that they … Continue reading

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