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New Mint director after six years?

There might be a new Mint director in office in 2017. Technically it has been vacant since Edmund C. Moy left office in 2011. The Mint director’s position is one of roughly 4,000 in the executive branch to be appointed … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver bullion Eagle coins get the blahs

The election is over. Is demand for bullion coins over, too? November sales numbers have not had a strong start, particularly for silver bullion American Eagles. What’s with just 370,000 so far in November? But then looking at the total … Continue reading

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Rare 1916 caused no stir when issued

The new 2016 gold Standing Liberty quarter is a reminder that collectors have been finding treasure in the 1916 silver version for many years. For the Standing Liberty series, the 1916 is the key date. It also is the first … Continue reading

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Few differences in grading proofs

If proof coins are legal tender and can be spent, how do you grade a proof coin that has been circulated? Proof isn’t a grade. Instead it is a designation for a specific form of coin intended for collectors and … Continue reading

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Joining ANA a personal decision

If Beyonce said join the American Numismatic Association, would you? How about Garth Brooks or Carrie Underwood? I cannot think of a single celebrity who could promote ANA membership in an effective way. I have nothing against stars or star … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Gold bullion coins stay in the spotlight

October gold bullion coin demand was very strong. The front page story lays out the particulars for the one-ounce Eagle, but the monthly chart below spells out the sales figures for the tenth-, quarter- and half-ounce sizes as well. Total … Continue reading

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Denver’s first nickel

By Tom LaMarre The Wild West era may have ended, but you would never have guessed it reading the “Little Colorado Items” column in the Jan. 26, 1912, Yuma, Col., Pioneer. “Frank Vance, a noted gunman, was shot and killed … Continue reading

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Field honored for transatlantic cable

At the present time, in this age of the Internet, we think nothing of contacting a person halfway around the world or visiting a website in some remote country. Yet, it is only in the past few decades that this … Continue reading

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Why aren’t all varieties in price guide?

There are several varieties of the 2009 Formative Years cent, these being the number of fingers showing on Lincoln’s hand on the reverse. Why is it that these varieties aren’t listed in price guides? There are varieties of many coins … Continue reading

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Dateless nickels, timeless memory

Did you enjoy the Page 1 story about Buffalo nickels as much as I did? Kids, coins and Nic-A-Date went together when I was a new collector a half century ago. How well I remember. Puzzling over dateless Buffalo nickels … Continue reading

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