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Full split bands lead to full headache

Nobody likes to think about tax time, but if you are expecting a refund, the earlier you wade through the process the better. I know someone is thinking this way because I received an email from an individual who said … Continue reading

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GAO leaves coin questions to Mint

If you are like me, you often find yourself listening to an oldies radio station that replays the hits of half a century ago. In its own way, the U.S. Mint is replaying its hit of 1965 when it found … Continue reading

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Gold issued because Treasury can

In 2016 we will see the Mercury dime design, the Standing Liberty quarter design and the Walking Liberty half design made in gold. In 2017, we might see historic designs from the 1790s to mark the 225th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Are your heirs smarter than you?

It is a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions. I am going to bring up a topic that falls under the heading of resolutions, but more along the line of a life’s resolution rather than an ephemeral one to … Continue reading

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It’s all about letters readers write

There was not much space for letters to the editor or anything else except the monthly price guide in this issue of Numismatic News. I have been forced to borrow the “Viewpoint” space on Page 7 simply to provide a … Continue reading

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Time to replace silver with gold?

How high a premium for silver bullion coins is too high? I checked the APMEX website and discovered that with silver trading at an ask price of $16.09 per ounce on the day this column is being written one silver … Continue reading

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One coin just wasn’t enough for me

Nearly 20 years ago when I made my first trip to Costa Rica, I was so taken with the paper money of the country that I began to collect it. Over the years I have watched inflation retire the bills … Continue reading

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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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