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Pick someone for Ambassador Award

Numismatic Ambassador Award nominations have been opened by the Florida United Numismatists. The hunt now begins for the next annual class of recipients to be recognized Jan. 5, 2018, at the Ambassador breakfast at the FUN convention in Tampa. Do … Continue reading

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FUN show bus program worthy one

Is this a news story? Is this a column? It’s both. I just had a email from Tony Swicer. He wants to remind all Florida clubs about the Florida United Numismatists bus program. Any coin club that charters a bus … Continue reading

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Plan for 125 years of Lincoln cent?

There’s life in the old Lincoln cent yet. Our front page story this weeks shows that collectors are hot on the trail of the Small-Date 1982-D copper cent. Only one is presently known and that was just reported in the … Continue reading

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Legislation shows loyalty to copper

Is Sen. John McCain trying to have his political cake and eat it to? His legislation calling for a 10-year suspension in the production of the cent outwardly appears to be an attempt to put an end to our lowest … Continue reading

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Quick answer from Mint fills stat gap

I was anxiously awaiting the weekly Mint Statistics this week to monitor results for the 225th Anniversary one-ounce $100 gold coin showing Miss Liberty as an African-American. I had recently blogged that I did not see how coin collectors could … Continue reading

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Future where only -70s will matter

I am an optimist. Coin collecting will always exist. Something that we can trace to Renaissance princes 700 years ago who started with ancient Roman coins to celebrate their ancestors is not going to disappear. What will happen is it … Continue reading

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Liberty design makes medal popular

If the 1977 Liberty dollar medal on the cover two weeks ago appealed to you, join the club. Many readers found it so and hurried to order one for themselves. I had an email from Jared Grove of Grove Minting … Continue reading

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Nowhere else can you spend old coin

Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading

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Copper future potentially exciting

Six years ago when silver was about to make its peak at just over $48 an ounce, coin shows became all about bullion. Some firms began to sell copper rounds and bars as if they were a precious metal. My … Continue reading

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If avoiding loss is goal, choose gold

Many coin collectors are dismayed to discover that they have coins they purchased years ago that have lost value. That is not pleasant. But nobody promised that every coin would rise in value over time. That is the collector hope, … Continue reading

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