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Many a calendar page has turned

My goodness, where has the year gone? This is the last paper issue of 2017. Next week will see an electronic issue put together. Then comes the Jan. 2, 2018, Florida United Numismatists convention special issue. When the calendar turns … Continue reading

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Cent questions have staying power

How many generations of cent emails will I get? I ask that question after nearly a year of emails relating to 2017’s newly discovered Lincoln rarities. The Jan. 3 issue of Numismatic News reported the discovery of a 1982-D small … Continue reading

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When will China buy American coins?

I stumbled on some interesting information while I was in China. A speaker estimated that there are 750,000 to almost 1.4 million buyers of gold and silver coins in China. That number is very similar to what is the case … Continue reading

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Just what is the perfect coin gift?

Should the United States issue a Christmas coin in a manner similar to the post office issuing Christmas stamps? This question comes up each year about this time. I ask it again because it is time for us to prepare … Continue reading

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Mint conducts a ‘Liberty’ experiment

I often rank Mint offerings by dollar amount earned as a proxy for popularity. My supposition is that if collectors spend $20 million instead of $10 million, they are twice as happy. It is in this vein that I have … Continue reading

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Precious metal coins the way to go

When you place your order for the 2018-W proof silver American Eagle come Jan. 4, 2018, don’t think you are done. The Mint will not let you off so easily. Why? In the summertime, date not yet set, the Mint … Continue reading

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Three-coin cent set nothing to sneeze at

Many collectors have loved cents since they started in numismatics. Something new about them has come up this morning. I received a short handwritten letter from a reader who asks a very coin collector type of question. I really enjoy … Continue reading

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We should all salute Baltimore show

Whatever the future might bring for coin shows, there are a few that are so important that I cannot imagine the commercial hobby without them. One of these is the Baltimore show. Actually, there are three Baltimore Whitman Expos each … Continue reading

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It might be time to worry – or not

I was conversing with a dealer from the national circuit the other day about the seemingly slow start to the 2017 autumn collecting season. He is earning his living, but he has nothing to write home about. I can write … Continue reading

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Palladium bullion coin hard to peg

Is the 2017 one-ounce palladium American Eagle a bullion coin that some collectors will happen to collect? Or, is the new coin, with a mintage of just 15,000, destined to be solely a collector coin? Right now, I don’t think … Continue reading

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