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Gold Kennedy half a step too far

Strike a gold 2014 John F. Kennedy half dollar for his presidential library. Strike one for the Smithsonian Institution, but don’t strike any for collectors. Continue reading

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Can state quarters revive old habits?

I had a telephone call this week from a collector who apparently has accumulated rolls quantities of state quarters, which were struck 1999-2008. Continue reading

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Central States book marks milestone

Did you read the story about the new book coming out that tells the history of the Central States Numismatic Society? Continue reading

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Am I back on the right side of gold?

It is time to make my annual forecasts. I will treat this like a tooth extraction. The swifter it is, the l Continue reading

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Worst forecast record ever for year

I have always freely acknowledged that I am an optimist. That seems to have become my major flaw as I assess last year’s 10 forecasts for the year 2013. Continue reading

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When will our coins talk to people?

How many times have you heard the statement that kids don’t collect coins anymore because with all the computer games, iPhones and iPads out there coins are not interesting to them? Continue reading

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Buy first, find out what to do later?

I had a telephone call as this issue was being prepared. The caller identified himself and said he was 90 years old. Continue reading

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Readers always made the difference

In the new year it will be 45 years since I subscribed to Numismatic News. Continue reading

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What would you tell your son-in-law?

If a visitor from China asked you for recommendations as to where to put his money in American numismatics, what would you tell him? Continue reading

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Hoarding ends after seven years

I just severed one of my ties to the past. In this case, the past I am writing about is the recent past when the U.S. Treasury issued new regulations in December 2006 that made it illegal to melt cents and nickels.
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