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Taking time to learn enhances hobby

Numismatics is a diverse and fascinating field. Only you can decide the extent of personal involvement. This paper is read by people of all skill levels. That’s why a few times in the past I have written an introductory column … Continue reading

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Composition changes to win war

What was the motivation to choose a copper-silver-manganese alloy for the so-called war nickels of 1942 to 1945? Since nickel was a critical war materiel, Congress didn’t want it being used to strike coins. The choice of the three-metal alloy … Continue reading

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Gold rich in history

The March 2017 issue of Coins magazine focuses heavily on U.S. gold coins. R.W. Julian tells the story of the first gold $20s, those with James B. Longacre’s design gracing them. Mike Thorne explores the world of gold $1s. Both … Continue reading

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Is collecting an investment or speculation?

Having enjoyed the coin collecting hobby for more than 66 years, I’ve done my share of buying … and some selling. Over that time, I believe I can state with certainty, there was only one instance when I purchased something … Continue reading

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Letters to the Editor (January 24, 2017)

Medal’s copper from Old Ironsides’ 1970s restoration I was directed by your customer service representative to send a message here as there is no direct line to your editorial department. I manage public relations for the USS Constitution Museum and … Continue reading

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2016 forecasts better than my 2015’s

I did better with my annual forecasts for 2016 than I did for the year before. But I feel worse. I relapsed into getting gold and silver wrong again. Whereas in 2015 I had a 50-50 result, my forecasts for … Continue reading

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Latest copper 1983-D cent a mystery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, Fla., authenticated and graded a 1983-D Lincoln cent as being struck on a brass planchet of a composition of 98 percent copper and 2 percent zinc that weighs 3.0 grams. Regular production 1983-D cents should … Continue reading

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Seated collectors warn of fake

By John Frost with Dick Osburn and Bill Bugert Editor’s Note: Following is a Jan. 1 warning emailed by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club to its members. Be on the lookout! New dangerous counterfeit 1872-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar. At … Continue reading

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Do you own metal or paper?

In years past, trading contracts of precious metals in the London Bullion Market Association was supposed to be backed 100 percent by physical metals in London vaults. Similarly, New York COMEX futures contracts for the spot month could be purchased … Continue reading

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Mint struck $4.5 billion in gold coins

What was the grand total of gold coinage struck by the U.S. Mint prior to 1934? Between 1795 and 1933 the Mint struck $4,526,218,477.50 in U.S. gold coins. It also struck gold coins for other countries, and has struck more … Continue reading

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