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Viewpoint: Is Small Date copper truly an error?

By Paul Malone The dust has settled, and my copper 1982-D Small Date cent now belongs to someone else. For 223 days the Internet was buzzing with speculation about its value, and hundreds of collectors were claiming to have found … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Not just silver Eagles seeing slump

By Sean Moffatt Being in the bullion manufacturing business for going on 30 years, I have some insight that I would like to share. It is not just the U.S. Mint silver Eagles that are slow. Pretty much every other … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Where you stay during conventions matters

By Kevin Foley I read with interest your recent blog commentary on the issue of hotel room pickup as a factor in decision making by convention centers as to whom and when they will offer their facilities to. Those who … Continue reading

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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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