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Viewpoint: Keep the cent and paper dollar

I am writing this in response to the letter written by Bill Tuttle and his argument that we need to discontinue the penny and the dollar bill. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mint should issue off-metal strikes

There’s legal precedent for a mint to sell coins which have been in unaccounted for in their inventory. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Honor Route 66 with new half dollars

Adventure, new beginnings, memorable family vacations, iconic architecture, history, the open road. All of these have one thing in common – U.S. Route 66. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Muscle-head sells Daddy’s collection

I can’t begin to tell you how many times it happens. Once a week, a day, an hour? What I’m writing about are the collections that are sold for a fraction of their value. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Where has ANA’s prestige gone?

I found Larry Shepherd’s recent Viewpoint regarding the future of the American Numismatic Association to be insightful. His assessment of the demographic challenges facing the ANA could not be more timely. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Buy back cents to save money

After reading R.W. Barker’s letter to the editor and Bruce Remick’s “Viewpoint” in the April 30 issue, it got me thinking about the U.S. Mint’s cent production. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Society promotes Civil War tokens

Civil War-era coins sometimes have huge price tags associated with them. But there is one type of Civil War numismatic item that can be bought and collected in all price ranges. It is Civil War tokens. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Vote wisely for ANA candidates

It’s time to vote in another ANA election, and unlike the last election when the number of candidates was just large enough to fill the number of vacancies, this year’s large slate more resembles the field for the Kentucky Derby. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Every collector faces same dilemma

This week was a super tough week for me when it came to my coin collection. I parted with two sets that I had worked on for many years. In fact, one of the sets I had started when I was just a kid. Can you guess what set that was? Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Collections are about personal values

What makes a collection valuable and how does that shape the way in which we collect? To answer this question, likely one on the minds of many numismatists at one time or another, we have to consider what the word “value” really means. Continue reading

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