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Note of the Month

by Neil Shafer The VICTORY series of U.S.-Philippine notes was brought into the country by Gen. Douglas MacArthur when U.S. forces invaded Leyte on Oct. 20, 1944. These notes were in circulation through Philippine independence (July 4, 1946) and until … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016)

Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant … Continue reading

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Do your part to help save our hobby

By Richard D. Fee I read with sadness the various letters on the subject of the future of the hobby and wonder why no one looked at what can be done to help. So, with my eyes failing, meaning my … 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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Mint Stats: Another strong month for gold Eagles

Gold bullion American Eagles are still hot as pistols. The one-ounce had its best month of sales in 2016 in November. It beat the previous high in October by 9,500 to reach 110,000 pieces. Silver bullion Eagles went in the … Continue reading

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Collectible classics: Early commems offer value

by Mark Benvenuto One of the amazing aspects of our hobby is that it is large and varied enough that every now and again a series that was once hot has cooled off, and thus deserves a second look. Those … Continue reading

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e-letters (December 13, 2016)

We asked: Are million dollar rarities overhyped?   While the vast majority of collectors will never own a million-dollar coin – including me! – all of us can admire, appreciate and, yes, envy the stratosphere in which those historic coins … 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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More than one Trumbull painting

Is the design on the 1976 $2 note the same as the Trumbull painting in the Capitol? Trumbull’s 1817 painting hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. In that painting some of the signers were left out. As a result, the design … Continue reading

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Hobby is thriving, if you know where to look

By Matthew Andrews In the recent issues of Numismatic News, there have been many articles expressing views of the state of the coin collecting hobby. All have been depressing, to say the least. Comments range from the need to mentor … Continue reading

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