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Average supply makes top 1880-O Morgans tough

The 1880-O Morgan dollar might just be a sleeper. It’s a better New Orleans date than most people realize, although it is still at least available in most grades. There is no good direct source of information on the first … Continue reading

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Coin designer initials treated differently

The letter “L” had appeared on Indian cents to identify Longacre as the designer. Why were three initials used on Brenner’s initial cent? At the time VDB was ordered removed from the Lincoln cent in 1909, it was proposed it … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: CSNS to confront harassment issues

By Mitch Ernst I think I speak for many when I say that I have been shocked to see the depth and scope of sexual harassment reports affecting many different kinds of workplace environments. Whether it is politics, the entertainment … Continue reading

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Don’t let Wall Street disturb you

I wrote a blog a couple of days ago while the financial markets were throwing a fit. It is hard not to notice problems on Wall Street. However, we collectors should be grateful that we don’t have to, as I … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Negative sales the new Mint norm?

This is the week where the Mint apparently was taking coins back rather than selling new ones. The one-ounce proof 2018-W silver American Eagle saw sales decline by 5,968 to 235,897. Some buyers of the World War I two-piece coin … Continue reading

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Left and right confusing for coins

I’m never sure whether rules governing left and right on a coin refer to the coin’s left and right, or the viewer’s left and right. Can you help? Where possible, coin designs follow the rules of heraldry. Under those rules, … Continue reading

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Collectors attracted to sunken treasure

Nothing gets the general public more worked up about coins than saying they are sunken treasure. The fact that Dwight Manley and his marketing group have got a new $40 million batch to sell is great news for organized numismatics. … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: New 2018 issues climb very slowly

World War I Centennial two-piece set sales advanced a bit in the latest reporting week, but none of them is anywhere near a sellout. The set with the Army medal in it was up by 1,871, Air Service by 1,664, … Continue reading

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Top-grade 1918-D dime has become a key date

No one ever thought of the 1918-D Mercury dime as anything close to the key 1916-D in terms of availability, but that is beginning to change. Only in the past couple of decades has the 1918-D been sought in MS-65 … Continue reading

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Put unsold commems into circulation?

The silver commemorative half dollars issued through 1954 were occasionally put into circulation when the Mint couldn’t sell them. Is there a reason why the Mint doesn’t do the same thing with unsold copper-nickel commemorative coins today? If the Mint … Continue reading

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