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Shield collectors from randomness

Collectors like organizing principles. After all, what is collecting other than organizing chaos? On the other hand, the Mint likes marketing chaos. At least that is how I interpret what it is presently doing. What is the organizing principle behind … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold Eagle sales revive in month of May

May gold Eagle bullion coin sales stand at roughly half of the January levels. However, the important thing to remember is that the May totals are greater than February, March and April’s combined. Does this spell revival of interest in … Continue reading

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Bargain price attracts 1882 Shield nickel buyers

The Shield nickel is not presently a hot area of the U.S. market. Has it ever been? Every coin has its time. If you had been around in 1882, you might have felt that Shield nickels were actually very interesting … Continue reading

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Starship on Canadian $10

The final coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s series celebrating famous Starfleet vessels was released in April. The 34 mm, 15.87 g, .9999 fine silver colored $10 pays homage to U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01. It is shown back-lit by a multicolored, … Continue reading

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Vapor blasting creates a matte finish

Would a “vapor blast” process make the appearance of a coin frosted? Since vapor blasting is similar to sand blasting but uses compressed wet vapor rather than dry compressed air, it leaves a matte finish. I am aware that the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Laser scanning reduces crack-outs

By Denis Watson I am writing in reference to a recent “Viewpoint” relating to coins that have been cracked out of their current slabs in hopes of resubmitting them for grading and hoping for a better grade, as well as … Continue reading

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Coin rarity has no party affiliation

Headlines have been made in recent years about the political divide in America. Will there be a divide between those who use coins and those who don’t? Will it become the patriotic thing to do to use coins and save … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: World War I military medals torpedoed

Since the sales totals peaked in the March 20 issue, I have been reducing the numbers for the World War I Centennial Dollar and Medal Sets. This week what began as dribs and drabs turned into significant falls. The set … Continue reading

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Demand high for 1795 Flowing Hair dollar

Total mintage for the 1795 silver dollar of 203,033 may not impress you much. It suggests that, while certainly a better coin, it is probably available. However, it must be remembered that this mintage total includes both the Flowing Hair … Continue reading

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First commemorative debate goes on

In a letter to the editor published in the March 6 “Numismatic News,” a reader disagreed with R.W. Julian’s suggestion that the 1848 CAL $2.50 quarter eagle is our first commemorative coin. What do you say? The 1797 $5 half … Continue reading

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