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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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Viewpoint: West Point silver Eagle a beauty

By William H. Brownstein Let’s go back to the question on the special treatment to the 75th anniversary of the West Point Mint silver Eagles and my thoughts on the set issue. Having just seen the U.S. Mint website and … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Cent collector says put end to cent

As a longtime cent collector, I would have no problem if we end its production. Aside from the high cost to mint it, the cent has little value in itself anymore. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Ron Miller’s legacy still felt after 20 years

It has been two decades, since March 16, 1993, when Ronald Lee “Ron” Miller was tragically murdered in his Fremont, Calif. coin shop. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Cent no longer useful in commerce

Please forgive the pun, but I’d like to offer my 2 cents’ worth on the elimination of the cent. Get rid of it! Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Local coin dealer, my best find of all

I have been reading Numismatic News for the last 10 years and always am amazed about collectors complaining about the coin dealers.
The adage, “You get what you pay for” applies equally to finding a reputable coin dealer. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Half dollar vanishes from circulation

In the days of yesteryear, the half dollar used to circulate widely along with other silver coins of the era both in the U.S. and Canada. I can remember as a young boy of 10 or so getting a half dollar in change when I gave a dollar for 50 cents worth of merchandise, or a half and a quarter for 25 cents worth. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Coin shows can’t please everyone

For the last few months I have read many letters to the editor about coin shows, both from the dealers’ and patrons’ points of view. But I have not read about coin shows from the point of view of the people who put on the shows. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Unwary buyers lose with mislabeling

eBay can be good and bad when it comes to finding coins that aren’t always at a local shop/show. The letter in the Feb. 12 NN entitled “Is there a name for mislabeled graded coins?” deserves a response from someone who’s been there and done that. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Yesterday’s silver is today’s copper

Here is my theory. I am 48 years old and was born in 1964. Since 1964 was the last year of the circulating 90 percent silver coins, I feel like I missed out. I’ve heard of all the great stories of collectors finding silver coins from circulation in the late 1960s. Unfortunately, I was 3 years old at this time and unable to do so. Continue reading

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