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Who can be called Lincoln collector?

Have you ever watched one of television’s many confession shows? Human weakness seems to get very high ratings. What would the coin collector version of such a show entail? Continue reading

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Can we be loyal to generic baseball?

Are generic images of baseball themes on coins missing a bet? I had an email from a collector who wrote me that most people cheer for specific teams. Having an image that is not associated with any specific franchise to him therefore is less compelling. Continue reading

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Time to check what is chasing us?

I finally got around to reading Dan Brown’s latest book, “Inferno.” I can’t claim to have read all of his previous work, but certainly I had read, “The Da Vinci Code,” as well as seen the movie. Continue reading

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Mint should cut items as well as add

Last week I mentioned how much I was looking forward to the 2014 Kennedy half dollar set. I haven’t changed my mind, but I think looking to next year also should involve taking a few Mint issues away as well as adding them. Continue reading

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Gotta have it? That’s all that matters

I have to say I am excited by the prospect of a special set of Kennedy half dollars to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the coin. I think I can safely write that I will be a purchaser no matter what the set comprises. Continue reading

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Dollar sale makes me wide-eyed kid

News that a Class I 1804 silver dollar sold for $3,877,500 Aug. 9 at a Heritage auction prior to the American Numismatic Association convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., is enough to grab headlines. But does it grab you? Continue reading

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Hobby view depends on start date

It wasn’t planned, but it looks like this is Young Numismatists week on the editorial pages of Numismatic News. Continue reading

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Could baseball coins be great art?

Few collectors would evaluate recent American coinage as being of intelligent design. However, more and more, it is beginning to look like that is precisely what we will get with the 2014 baseball commemorative coins. Continue reading

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Attachment to paper more than myth

The Citizens Against Government Waste issued a 25-page report July 22 called “Time for Change: Modernizing to the Dollar Coin Saves Taxpayers Billions.” Continue reading

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Time to up our game against fakes

As shocking as it is to learn that the Chinese are counterfeiting Carson City Morgan dollars and the General Services Administration plastic holders that house them, I think I was even more surprised by something else. Continue reading

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