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Viewpoint: Should leaders serve multiple clubs?

By Mitch Ernst While I was at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, I took in their “What it takes to serve on the ANA Board” talk. I applaud the ANA for the topics discussed, the … Continue reading

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Coins I didn’t buy were the good ones

As I was writing up the results of the Ruth Weinberg estate coins in the GreatCollections.com auction on Page 20, I kept thinking of all the opportunities I have missed in coin collecting. There is no way to prove the … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Accountants active, buyers less so

Accountants have caught up with reality at the U.S. Mint. The 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set stands at 198,748 of a possible 200,000. The set has not been available from the Mint website for more than a week. … Continue reading

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General put name on auto dollar

I’m told that the Chinese general who had the automobile dollar minted secretly put his name on the coin. Is this correct? Several authorities agree that Gen. Chow, who was governor of Kweichow Province from 1926-1929, did order that the … Continue reading

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ANA helps us see coins at their best

The United States Mint had three 1933 $20 gold pieces on display at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in August in Philadelphia. It is not too often that collectors have a chance to gawk at one, and … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Silver reverse proof set reaches sellout

The 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set looks like it has sold out. The Mint website shows it as not currently available. The latest sales statistic shows that 189,325 of a possible 200,000 have been sold. That is an … Continue reading

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1854-O gold $3 tougher than expected

Relatively little is known about the 1854-O gold $3. People spend a lot of time with the best dates in a set, and that may have left the 1854-O out. Suspicions point to it being a better date, but no … Continue reading

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Damaged coins get put into jewelry

Can you explain what is meant by a “jewelry lot” of coins? This is a group of coins that due to their low quality or damaged state are more suitable to be converted into jewelry or to be scrapped for … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Protect websites from phishing attacks

By Scott Barman Regarding L.A. Saryan’s Viewpoint article about how someone may have captured email addresses from his coin club’s website to use in an attempted phishing attack, please allow me to use my former life as an information security … Continue reading

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August 1987 seems relevant today

Silver has suddenly dropped to lows not seen since the beginning of 2016. The $14.41 price as this is written on Aug. 15 came about rather suddenly. Only one day ago, it was still over $15. This is nothing to … Continue reading

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