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- Letters to the Editor (April 4, 2017) Drug store ad features 2017 cent without mintmark A few weeks ago Numismatic News asked its readers if they would be looking out for the new 2017-P cents, the first Philadelphia cent to have the “P” mintmark. I was thinking, yes, I would be looking out for them, but more so I’d be looking out for ...
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The 1967 Kennedy half dollar marks the last in a series of three years when the coin was struck without mintmarks. Like the 1965 and 1966 examples, we are learning that perhaps the 1967 should be taken more seriously. Coming … Continue reading
What was the motivation to resurrect our commemorative coin issues in 1982? President Dwight D. Eisenhower ended the so-called classic commemorative coin series when he vetoed three commemorative coin bills on Feb. 3, 1954. Lobbying for further commemoratives never stopped, … Continue reading
By Dr. Patrick Curran Most coin clubs, be they large or small, have received tax exempt status because of their educational purpose or efforts. This aim may be achieved in many ways, but one of the most popular is by … Continue reading
I remember watching television as a kid. At the end of a segment, an announcer’s voice would say, “And now a word from our sponsor.” Advertising paid the bills then. It still does. Ads also pay the bills for papers … Continue reading
Bullion Eagles are crashing. February sales took a sharp fall. Silver American Eagles in the month saw sales drop by 75 percent from February 2016. The 1,215,000 number compares to 4,782,000 a year ago. Gold Eagles dropped, too, but by … Continue reading
Did our early laws make a distinction between counterfeit coins and altered coins? The attitude of early lawmakers seemed to be that any spurious pieces of whatever ilk were bad. Accordingly, the law as laid down in Massachusetts in 1786 … Continue reading
Silver and gold buyers probably remember the year 2016 as the year of two markets. The first half of the year saw precious metals go up and up. They had racked up huge gains by the beginning of July. Then … Continue reading
Perhaps plans should not have been made for commemorative coins in 1937. Poor sales were likely regardless of subject matter, because there had been far too many issues the previous year. Back then, however, the relationship between too many issues … Continue reading
What is the true impact of the spot price of precious metals on the value of our previously circulating silver and gold coins? A majority of the circulation strike gold and silver coins are common, due either to their date … Continue reading