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If there were some limit on the number of coins you could buy, would that make you a better collector? I know it is a silly question. The number of coins we can buy is growing dramatically year by year. Marketers are pitching numismatics 24/7. Continue reading
Starting in 2013, the new dollar issues begin to honor Presidents who have served in the 20th century and whose reputations can much more immediately be called to mind by average coin collectors. Continue reading
Every so often my mind will drift back to my first boss at Numismatic News, Arnold Jeffcoat. He was a man of very strong opinions and you didn’t have to ask him to share them. They just came over the room divider with endless clouds of cigarette smoke. Continue reading
I had a rosy glow when I got home from the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. Continue reading
News that the U.S. Mint will issue more 2012-S proof silver American Eagles is disappointing to those who ordered the San Francisco two-coin proof set issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the current S-mint facility in hopes of selling it at a profit on the secondary market. Continue reading
When I was a kid, I said July was my favorite month. School was out. Swimming and other outdoor activities were in, and when I needed a break from the sun, I could always head down into the cool basement and search through coin rolls. Continue reading
Have you ordered your “S” mintmarked El Yunque quarter rolls or bags yet? I put my order in with others at the company on the first day the coins became available on June 21. The allure of the “S” mintmark still pulls at my collector heart strings. Continue reading
Last week’s news story about the slabbing by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. of Walter Perschke’s Brasher doubloon and its current estimated value of $10 million looks like the realization of every collectors dream: buy the best and let the market reward you over time. Continue reading
Am I in favor of the abolition of the U.S. cent? I was asked a form of that question in a second email from a Washington correspondent of a world news organization. Continue reading