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Don’t let Wall Street disturb you

I wrote a blog a couple of days ago while the financial markets were throwing a fit. It is hard not to notice problems on Wall Street. However, we collectors should be grateful that we don’t have to, as I … Continue reading

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Collectors attracted to sunken treasure

Nothing gets the general public more worked up about coins than saying they are sunken treasure. The fact that Dwight Manley and his marketing group have got a new $40 million batch to sell is great news for organized numismatics. … Continue reading

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I’d be in good shape if it were 2012

Have you spotted a 2018-dated coin in your change yet? I asked readers of my blog on Jan. 11 to keep me posted. So far, no one has reported a 2018 coin find. Naturally, I am looking, too, but new … Continue reading

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2018 looks like a good year all around

Here I go again, putting myself out on a limb to forecast what is going to happen in 2018. Making a forecast is a tradition stretching back many years. Just don’t bet the farm on any of these outcomes. 1. … Continue reading

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Time to start my own cryptocurrency

If I wanted to get rich, I would announce the creation of my new cryptocurrency in this space. It is the latest trend. Everybody is doing it from failing dictatorships in Venezuela to failing camera film companies like Kodak. Why … Continue reading

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Half right, half wrong – no way to brag

How charitable do you want to be as I add up the results of my forecasts for the year 2017? I can make the figures add up to 6-4, 5-5 or 4-6 depending on whether you let me. I call … Continue reading

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New year offers many coins to acquire

A new year means there are coins with a new date on them to chase. In the old days, collectors simply bought a proof set and a mint set and had them all. It is no longer so easy. There … Continue reading

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Who gets to decide on coin designs?

Coin collectors have groused that Congress has taken commemorative coin programs to ridiculous extremes. The worst of it was during the Atlanta Olympic Games of 1996. Since then, programs have been limited to two a year, and there is a … Continue reading

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Follow rules to give 2018 good start

It is not quite the end of the year as I write this. It will soon be time to evaluate my forecasts made for 2017. I then have to make new ones for 2018. Overthinking is the biggest enemy of … Continue reading

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Who will get Coin of the Year Award?

Coin of the Year balloting is occurring later this year than last. The international panel of judges began voting as this electronic issue of Numismatic News was being prepared. Who will win? It is up to the judges to vote … Continue reading

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