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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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Shrink cent while cash still used

In the ongoing debate between keeping the cent and killing it off, I am surprised that the suggestion of shrinking it has so little traction. We have done it before as a nation. When the small cent arrived in 1857 … Continue reading

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New office means a new address

Settling into the new offices of Numismatic News has occupied a considerable amount of time recently. But the process is now complete. It was not without drama. The worst snowstorm we have ever had in Iola, Wis., impeded the transfer … Continue reading

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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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