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Pause to remember Chet Krause

Numismatic News founder Chester L. Krause was remembered at a short ceremony July 6 at the Iola, Wis., Car Show. Achievements of his long life, which ended at the age of 92, June 25, 2016, were cited by Clifford Mishler, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Proof sets lead a slow moving pack

Clad proof sets and silver proof sets are the most interesting Mint products this week. Sales of the 2017 clad set advanced by 7,654. At the same time, silver sets climbed by 6,148. Neither number is anything to write home … Continue reading

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1799 Bust dollar surprisingly available in Mint State

In almost every set of U.S. coins, there are going to be interesting dates and even a few surprises. You might call the 1799 Bust dollar one of those interesting and surprising dates. During the year prior, the Bust dollar’s … Continue reading

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What’s Nixon got to do with silver dollars?

Can you explain the term “Nixon dollars?” An inscription and facsimile signature of President Richard M. Nixon appears inside the lid of the black and blue cardboard boxes in which Carson City minted Morgan silver dollars were sold by the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Internet holds troves of info for collectors

I once believed the expression “there is nothing new under the sun” as I often caught myself starting to repeat a topic in one of my columns that I had recently covered. After reading some posts on one of the … Continue reading

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Search your cents to inspire others

A waitress at the Crystal Cafe is watching her cents. I can’t take any credit for it. I became aware of it when I had my usual Monday lunch with Clifford Mishler. She gave a 1944 Lincoln cent to him. … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: June avoids having lowest Eagle sales

One-ounce silver American Eagle coin sales have reached 911,000 for the month of June a couple of days before the end of the month. Will they pass one million? Whether they do or not, the important thing is June sales … Continue reading

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1898-S Barber quarter tough in top grades

Finding a coin everyone has overlooked is fun. It does not happen often, because coin prices tend to be a very accurate reflection of the availability of most issues. When you factor in demand to explain the few cases where … Continue reading

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Two dollar designs in 1921 seem strange

It seems rather strange the Peace dollar was introduced very late in 1921, rather than waiting until 1922. How was this coin authorized? The Peace dollar came in through the back door under an 1890 act of Congress. Within that … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: It’s time we ‘make coins great again’

By Wayne Pearson This is in response to the letter by William Tuttle, “Get rid of the cent and paper dollar for good,” published in the June 13 issue. I couldn’t disagree more with this Viewpoint. America needs to think … Continue reading

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