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Mint Statistics: Bullion coin buyers take their time

Bullion coin sales began the month of September very slowly. With bullion moving higher, it is a puzzle as to the reason. Just 25,000 silver American Eagles were sold and 2,000 one-ounce gold Eagles. No gold Buffaloes were vended or … Continue reading

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1918-S one of best Buffalo branch-mint nickels

The 1918-S Buffalo nickel is one of the best of a very good group that is many times overlooked. At a price of $13,250 today in MS-65 condition, it certainly is one of the best of the branch-mint nickels from … Continue reading

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Why not a West Point cent to go with 2017-P?

Will there be any 2017-W Lincoln cents made for general circulation with an explicit “W,” or will such cents be misleadingly minted as 2017-P like the Philly ones? What act of Congress forced the “P” into 2017-P cents? The West … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Aversion to cleaned coins irrational

By Frank S. Robinson Jim Klein (“Viewpoint,” June 17) is retiring from coins at 77 and offers advice to those still collecting. What comes through loudest is a phobia about cleaned coins, which he basically calls worthless. “Dealers will pay … Continue reading

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Wait until hype is over and then buy

The Forecaster is an investment newsletter than I have kept my eye on since 1969. John Kamin writes it from his base in Southern California. Longevity in the investment advisory business means that people find enough value in the advice … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Time to tell the Ellis Island story again

The Ellis Island 5-ounce silver bullion coin went on the board below at 39,500. That is nearly double the number of the prior two designs. The story of Ellis Island has inspired collectors for years. Perhaps a new promotion to … Continue reading

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Government was speedy in 1964

I’m told that the Kennedy half was one of the speediest pieces of government action in history. Can you review the time span? President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. President Johnson proposed the coin to Congress Dec. 10, … Continue reading

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Coins can provide mini-vacations

Everybody needs a vacation. Getting away and recharging the mental and physical batteries is important. But not everyone has the budget to go on an exotic trek through the Himalayas, or even to relax at a lakeside cottage. That’s where … Continue reading

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Two clubs can show us how to do it

Two coin clubs in New York marked their 1,000th meetings just months apart. (Read more here and here.) What a milestone it is to have achieved such longevity. It is not easy. Whatever the two clubs have done, we should … Continue reading

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Key 1877 three cents had low, proof-only mintage

There is little doubt that the 1877 Coronet Head three-cent piece is the key to the copper-nickel three-cent set. Interestingly enough, the date, which was issued only as a proof, is neither well known nor that expensive. This makes it … Continue reading

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