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Let average people strike first coin

Everybody knows what a first strike ceremony is. The bigwigs gather around a coin press. The guest of honor pushes a button, and the very first coin of a new design is made. The United States Mint should alter this … Continue reading

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Commemorative dollar makes us think

The 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I arrives on Nov. 11. It will be a major event, but you cannot prove it by the sad sales level of the World War I Centennial silver … Continue reading

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Coins I didn’t buy were the good ones

As I was writing up the results of the Ruth Weinberg estate coins in the GreatCollections.com auction on Page 20, I kept thinking of all the opportunities I have missed in coin collecting. There is no way to prove the … Continue reading

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ANA helps us see coins at their best

The United States Mint had three 1933 $20 gold pieces on display at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in August in Philadelphia. It is not too often that collectors have a chance to gawk at one, and … Continue reading

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August 1987 seems relevant today

Silver has suddenly dropped to lows not seen since the beginning of 2016. The $14.41 price as this is written on Aug. 15 came about rather suddenly. Only one day ago, it was still over $15. This is nothing to … Continue reading

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Changes come through like buses

What are coin collectors thinking about this summer? Judging from the letters below, they are thinking about the same things they usual think about. There are new Mint products to weigh in on, errors to report, circulation finds, and activities … Continue reading

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Who has the biggest pile of gold $20s?

United States Steel was the first billion dollar corporation back in 1901. Apple looks like it will be the first trillion dollar corporation 117 years later. The maker of the iPhone is not there yet. It was trading at $201.70 … Continue reading

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Fantasy treasure or 1804 dollars?

Facebook stock got hammered last night (July 25) after reporting disappointing earnings and future outlook. This is not a strictly numismatic bit of news, but I do have a numismatic reason for writing this. At its low point when Facebook … Continue reading

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Emotion and silver dollars together

Please don’t run me out of town on a rail. I frequently write that Morgan dollars are the most popular collector coin with the possible exception of the Lincoln cent. From time to time, a weekly poll question has been … Continue reading

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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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