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1967 Kennedy half price on the rise

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

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Congressman revived commems

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

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Exhibits serve as entrée into hobby

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

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New directory brings us together

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

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Mint Statistics: Bullion buyers turn up noses at gold Eagles

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

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Any tampering was counterfeiting

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

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Are Eagle sales sending us a signal?

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

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Flood of commemoratives hurt Roanoke half sales

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

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Metal prices affect common dates

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

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Questions posed to ANA candidates

By Robert Matitia At the American Numismatic Association’s candidate forum March 10 at the National Money Show in Orlando, Fla., I would direct the following questions. To Mike Ellis, I would ask: What is your beef with PNG? It seems … Continue reading

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