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F. Michael Fazzari’s “Making the Grade” column in the Oct. 2 issue of Numismatic News mentioned that Independent Coin Grading has begun using both the RB (Red/Brown) and BR (Brown/Red) designations to grade the color of copper coins. Continue reading
I, too, found the idea of a commemorative coin being struck with proceeds going to Major League Baseball (can I even say those words in a letter to the editor without paying MLB a royalty?) to be about the most offensive thing I’ve learned about in a long time. Continue reading
I could not possibly disagree with you more. The U.S. Mint in recent years has done as much as it could to drive me away from collecting. All I collect anymore are commemoratives and Presidential dollars. Continue reading
In the world of philately (stamp collecting and study), First Day Covers (FDCs) are very collectible items. There are several organizations and groups in the stamp collecting world dedicated entirely to this area. Continue reading
Being a member of the Carson City Coin Collectors of America is very educational and interesting for many numismatists. Rusty Goe is the president of CCCCOA and editor of Curry’s Chronicle, a journal published three times a year. Membership is only $30 per year, or $600 for lifetime membership if one lives in the USA. Continue reading
The earth, home to everybody who has ever lived, has one less penny, or more correctly one less one cent piece, that will never be recovered or brought back to this beautiful blue marble. That is because that penny now lies on the surface of the fourth planet, Mars! Continue reading
The Michigan State Numismatic Society was confronted with an extraordinary crisis this past spring and summer. It was publicly announced in the state-wide Detroit newspapers that the hotel management where we have held our fall convention and coin show since 1976 would be ending Oct. 1, 2012. Continue reading
The debate, primarily within the collector community about dealers leaving shows before closing time on the last official show day, continues from the time I became involved in promoting Houston’s Money Show of the Southwest over a decade ago. Continue reading
If history is any guide, there isn’t a lot of logic about what the U.S. Mint includes or excludes from its sets. When mint sets started in 1947, it included one of each coin produced by each mint. Continue reading
In March I read a letter to the editor in Numismatic News about cleaning and conservation done by a collector versus a professional conservator. I don’t know who is responsible for writing the heading for the letter, but in this case, the heading put on the letter contained the answer: [There is a] “Fine line between cleaning, conserving a coin.” Continue reading