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No time to waste building dream

Are you a collector like me who has too many half-finished sets? You might, as I do, have leftover sets from childhood that have little value, or you might have some coins that represent significant value but you just didn’t … Continue reading

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What I don’t know keeps me going

When I began to collect coins as a kid, there were two things that really appealed to me. The first was filling Whitman albums from change. Putting a collection together and perhaps finding a coin with a low mintage was … Continue reading

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Coins offer insurance in bad times

During the Great Depression, Joseph P. Kennedy said in 1936 that he would gladly give up half his fortune if he could be guaranteed he would keep the other half. That sounds peculiar until one remembers the context of the … Continue reading

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Ryder perfect for Mint directorship

The chair of David Rittenhouse has finally been filled after remaining empty for over seven years. David J. Ryder was confirmed by the United States Senate as director of the United States Mint March 21. The Mint directorship is both … Continue reading

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Red Book a life-changing volume

Usually it is things that are new, novel, or startling that newspapers put in their headlines. There is no avoiding that. However, last week I was able to put the arrival of the 72nd edition of the Red Book on … Continue reading

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Coin surcharges or no surcharges?

Personal choice is important to coin collectors. This is true across all segments of the hobby. Naturally, different priorities mean collectors do not behave identically. This is nowhere more visible than in coin collector reactions to the surcharges on commemorative … Continue reading

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Give this desk one last going over

I have just gotten my new desk assignment. This “Class of ’63” column will soon be written from desk No. 61 in our new office. We are about to leave the only building I have known during my 40 years … Continue reading

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How about a label for 2018 cents?

It appears a fountain of new cents has been yielding huge quantities of Denver coins across America. Why Denver is getting this honor, I don’t know. But the best summary of it came from a reader who lives in Orlando … Continue reading

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Best rewards come over the long term

The past 12 months have not seen many price gains in the U.S. coin market. But there have been a few. Once a year, I update pricing charts that appear in my North American Coins and Prices book. I just … Continue reading

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Don’t let Wall Street disturb you

I wrote a blog a couple of days ago while the financial markets were throwing a fit. It is hard not to notice problems on Wall Street. However, we collectors should be grateful that we don’t have to, as I … Continue reading

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