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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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Couple errors appear in Draped Bust half feature There is one very important error in Bob Julian’s otherwise nice article on Draped Bust half cents in the Oct. 18 issue of Numismatic News. He says of the 1805s, “one variety … Continue reading
Demand for gold American Eagles is on fire. For the one-ounce bullion Eagle, it will take sales of just 3,500 more in the last few days of October to equal the top selling month of the year, which was April. … Continue reading
To be a great coin, it does not have to be rare and worth millions of dollars. A high price certainly helps, but there are other great coins that while not common are at least possible for many collectors to … Continue reading
The Indian Head half eagle is a much tougher set than many realize, especially if the goal is assembling it in MS-65. In fact, such a high grade set might be impossible unless you have an unlimited budget. One of … Continue reading
Is it a coincidence that the week we report that the issue price of the gold Standing Liberty quarter dropped from $485 to $472.50 that the running sales number also fell? Buyers of expensive gold coins know when prices are … Continue reading
Buyers continue to show high interest in coins made of gold. Collectors grabbed another 4,029 100th anniversary Standing Liberty quarters. The total now stands at 79,367. Maximum mintage is 100,000. Bullion buyers made September the third most active gold Eagle … Continue reading
There are two big surprises in this week’s numbers. The first is a big gain by the gold Standing Liberty quarter. With the household order limit removed, the door was opened to multi-coin buyers. The result was a huge gain … Continue reading
Gold Standing Liberty quarters appear on the second page of Mint Statistics for the first time. They go on the board with sales of 53,378. That is far short of the 100,000 available. As if in sympathy, the sales total … Continue reading
Since we cannot talk about a sellout of the gold Standing Liberty quarter, how about talking about yesterday’s sellout, or to be more precise, the Aug. 23 sellout of the silver Liberty medal? Some orders didn’t work out. There was … Continue reading
Can you believe it? For a third month in a row, sales of silver bullion American Eagles declined. Admittedly, the decline is small, just 90,000 pieces. The Mint sold 1,280,000 coins in August to its Authorized Purchasers, compared to 1,370,000 … Continue reading