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Make changes more intelligently

By Bob Olekson I have three points to make. They wish to remove Alexander Hamilton from the $10 Federal Reserve Note and place a woman on it. The idea is great, but I think it is foolish considering we have … Continue reading

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Time to replace silver with gold?

How high a premium for silver bullion coins is too high? I checked the APMEX website and discovered that with silver trading at an ask price of $16.09 per ounce on the day this column is being written one silver … Continue reading

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Bombay Hook arrives, First Spouse gone

The 2015 Bombay Hook America the Beautiful quarters are on sale. Released by the United States Mint on Sept. 30, Collectors ordered 1,744 Philadelphia, 1,858 Denver and 2,760 San Francisco 100-coin bags; 6,928 two-roll Philadelphia and Denver sets; 2,575 San … Continue reading

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Kennedy set boosts Roosevelt sales

The United States Mint released the third 2015 Coin and Chronicles set, this one featuring John F. Kennedy, on Sept. 16. While not an immediate sellout with 48,462 sets of a 50,000 mintage sold by Sept. 20, the new release … Continue reading

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Gold bullion coins in hot demand

Gold bullion coins are once again in high demand as the metal’s spot price fluctuated in mid-September. The United States Mint reports that between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, Authorized Purchasers ordered 43,000 one-ounce, 4,000 half-ounce, 6,000 quarter-ounce and 60,000 … Continue reading

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Another buyer’s market for bullion?

Declining gold and silver prices may spark another buyer’s market for bullion coins at the United States Mint. From Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, the Mint increased September sales totals by 21,500 one-ounce, 1,000 half-ounce, 4,000 quarter-ounce and 25,000 tenth-ounce … Continue reading

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Don’t buy coins at estate auctions?

By Richard Giedroyc How to handle a counterfeit coin at auction Reader Richard Stevenson adds his personal experience to the recent question regarding third-party certification services lack of published reports on the number of counterfeit coins encountered. According to Stevenson, … Continue reading

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One coin just wasn’t enough for me

Nearly 20 years ago when I made my first trip to Costa Rica, I was so taken with the paper money of the country that I began to collect it. Over the years I have watched inflation retire the bills … Continue reading

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Less collectors and more speculators for coin sets

By Patrick Montrose I think everyone knew that there would be complaints about the U.S. Mint sale of the Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set. There were only 12,000 sets available and probably over a quarter million people who want to … Continue reading

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Depression collectors saved 1931-D

The Mercury dime is a set that is studied heavily and that should mean pricing that accurately reflects availability and demand. For those who live by the mintage totals alone, the 1931-D could be troublesome as it had a mintage … Continue reading

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