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Nickels were last hurrah for finds

Even when I was a kid, Jefferson nickels did not rate very highly among collectors. I might not have been able to explain it, but I got the message. As a result, the series was the last one I began … Continue reading

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Here we go with my 2017 forecasts

It is time to stick my neck out and put my forecasts for 2017 in print. I put them all in a talk I gave Jan. 5 at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in Fort Lauderdale. I have not taken … Continue reading

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No official inaugural medal – sad

While at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8 I learned from retired congressman Jimmy Hayes that there will be no official inaugural medal for President Donald Trump. I had been hoping against hope that the low-key approach to inaugural … Continue reading

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2016 forecasts better than my 2015’s

I did better with my annual forecasts for 2016 than I did for the year before. But I feel worse. I relapsed into getting gold and silver wrong again. Whereas in 2015 I had a 50-50 result, my forecasts for … Continue reading

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Cashless society makes advances

I bought a soda in the break room before I sat down to write this column. I do not do this very often, but I had a hankering for a Coke. I had two $1 bills in my hand. Price … Continue reading

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Collectors haven’t tried threats

Collect coins like they will be taken away from you tomorrow. That might seem to be a strange sentence to begin this column with. I recall as a child being kidded from time to time about collecting coins. It was … Continue reading

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Evolve with the times is my motto

The discussion over the future of the hobby continues with a very interesting Viewpoint this week, which you can read by clicking here. Perhaps we should pretend that it is the first day of class and our new teacher asked … Continue reading

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Feel free to ignore the expensive

Like most collectors on a budget, I watch as the annual proof gold American Eagle sets come and go. I wached the gold First Spouse series. In neither case am I a buyer. That does not mean the Mint should … Continue reading

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Shake hands, have a conversation

Plan to go to a coin show in 2017. Pick one. It will do you good. It does not matter whether you would like to fly to Fort Lauderdale for a winter getaway at the Florida United Numismatists convention, or … Continue reading

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Collectors share a beautiful mind

After I write this column, I will get in a car and travel to the Michigan State Numismatic Society convention in Warren to help celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary. I was invited to be the after-dinner speaker at the banquet. … Continue reading

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