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Coin Clinic: State map on cent puzzles reader

I recently came across this penny in change and wondered what the imprinted image was. I am guessing that it was some type of promotion for the State of New York, as the outline appears to be that of the … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: It’s all about the coin, not the label

By Pete Acampora What if they threw a party and no one came? Or worse; what if they threw a party and everybody not invited came? Or, as we saw in Chicago, what if they threw a party and everyone … Continue reading

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Cash in your forgotten coin stash

The Great Recession made all Americans more frugal. Coin collectors are no exception. Several years ago when silver was approaching its 2011 peak of almost $50 an ounce I suggested that collectors sell off coins made of silver that they … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Kennedy half collected most at release

By Richard Giedroyc The statement was made some time ago that the Kennedy half is the “most collected coin in the world.” Is this still true? This was probably around the time the Kennedy half dollar was first released and … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Gold Kennedy half won’t be rare

By William H. Brownstein Reference is made to my Viewpoint article published in the July 2, 2013 edition of Numismatic News, in which I opined that off-metal strikes and piedfort issues of regular issues should be made available for the … Continue reading

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August gold, silver bullion sales low

August sales of bullion from the Mint were mediocre at best, despite low prices for precious metals. Gold American Buffalo bullion saw its second-lowest month at 8,000 coins sold, platinum American Eagle bullion had its fourth-lowest month at 700 coins … Continue reading

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Know what Roosevelt looked like?

All coin collectors are art critics. I am one as well. The art that we like to criticize is that which appears on coins, or is art proposed for use on future coins. My latest impulse to criticize occurs as … Continue reading

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1922 Grant gold dollar sales mystery

You just can’t do enough to commemorate Ulysses S. Grant was the slogan in the early 1900s. As the victorious Union General in the Civil War this was natural although Grant’s time as president was a good deal less worthy … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Lettered edges can face up or down

By Richard Giedroyc The lettered edge, when present, on our current golden dollar coins can face either towards the obverse or the reverse. Is this true of all lettered edge coins, or are there coins where the lettered edge consistently … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Standing in line paid off in gold

By Karl Hinds My son-in-law Del and I attended the American Numismatic Association convention in Chicago last month with our main focus on buying a couple of gold Kennedy half dollars. We left my house 300 miles southwest of Chicago … Continue reading

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