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Are your heirs smarter than you?

It is a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions. I am going to bring up a topic that falls under the heading of resolutions, but more along the line of a life’s resolution rather than an ephemeral one to … Continue reading

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No interest in cashless society

The letter to the editor in the Oct. 20 edition of Numismatic News predicting the inevitability of a cashless society was very disheartening. His society is not one that I want to be part of. Who wants to live in … Continue reading

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Strong sales for 2015 proof gold Eagles

A campaign of online ads and mail solicitations by the United States Mint is boosting sales of the 2015-W American Eagle proof gold coins. From Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, the Mint reports selling 1,582 one-ounce, 999 half-ounce, 556 quarter-ounce … Continue reading

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It’s all about letters readers write

There was not much space for letters to the editor or anything else except the monthly price guide in this issue of Numismatic News. I have been forced to borrow the “Viewpoint” space on Page 7 simply to provide a … Continue reading

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Shipwreck had 1857-S double eagles

The 1857-S Coronet Head double eagle began with a mintage of 970,500 pieces in San Francisco in 1857. This is a solid mintage that reflects the fact that the tiny and unpleasant place they called a Mint at the time … Continue reading

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Sellout can’t help Kennedy Chronicles

Despite the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles set being unavailable at the Mint, some buyers just don’t want to hold on to them. Sales data puts the total sold at 49,370 sets as of Oct. 11, down 363 … Continue reading

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Fasces on the dime made sense at time

By Richard Giedroyc Did Adolph A. Weinman have any specific reason for picking the fasces for the reverse of the Mercury dime? A direct quote from the designer: “I selected the fasces and olive branch to symbolize the strength which … Continue reading

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Make changes more intelligently

By Bob Olekson I have three points to make. They wish to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 Federal Reserve Note and place a woman on it. The idea is great, but I think it is foolish considering we have … Continue reading

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Time to replace silver with gold?

How high a premium for silver bullion coins is too high? I checked the APMEX website and discovered that with silver trading at an ask price of $16.09 per ounce on the day this column is being written one silver … Continue reading

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Bombay Hook arrives, First Spouse gone

The 2015 Bombay Hook America the Beautiful quarters are on sale. Released by the United States Mint on Sept. 30, Collectors ordered 1,744 Philadelphia, 1,858 Denver and 2,760 San Francisco 100-coin bags; 6,928 two-roll Philadelphia and Denver sets; 2,575 San … Continue reading

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