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Viewpoint: Many say Mint prices are excessive

A year ago, the U.S. Mint held its first Numismatic Forum in Philadelphia, with perhaps 55 invited guests in attendance. Mint staff reached out to solicit ideas and suggestions from outside of their own sphere, and the attendees responded with … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Time to bring money up to speed

By Bill Tuttle In reply to “Vachon’s” Viewpoint/commentary in the Nov. 7 issue of Numismatic News, I can answer (or make a suggestion) to his question: “… so why not $10, $5 and $2 coins?” Why not, indeed! But instead … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: More grades needed for copper

By Scott Casey We are all aware of the significant differences in the amount of red coloring remaining on vintage copper coins. Unfortunately, we are limited to describing this wide color variety using only the standard designations of BN, RB … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Change never came to U.S. money

I would like to know why people tolerate the production of coins with no purchasing power. Talk from old-time collectors shows how coins were once useful in the economy, but (and especially) since the 1970s, their purchasing power has eroded … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: It’s all about those mintage, population numbers

When I was a kid, I learned that rarity and condition were the two factors that determined value. Very old coins could be common because they are numerous. Modern coins can be rare because few were made, or the mintage … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: PNG warns bullion buyers of risks

Editor’s Note: The following is a warning issued by the Professional Numismatists Guild. Following the recent fraud charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against a California gold seller, a trade group composed of veteran precious metals experts is … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Many friends remember Colin Bruce

By Richard Lobel Today I heard of the death of one of the true giants of numismatics, Colin R. Bruce II. I knew him for at least 55 years, the exact date I cannot remember, as we were both drinking … 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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Viewpoint: Leon took time for buyers big and small

By Bob Bair I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Leon Hendrickson. Like so many others who came into contact with Leon through the years, warm memories of the wonderful person that Leon was remain for me. … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Political parties prevent debt elimination

By V. Kurt Bellman Once again, in his recent piece in the July 21 e-newsletter entitled “Safer with gold, silver,” Mr. Patrick Heller correctly identifies the problems facing the intermediate term American economy. He even correctly reports the words Federal … Continue reading

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