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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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Viewpoint: Thanks, Alan, for all those answers

Readers join us in paying tribute to Alan Herbert, an outstanding writer, numismatist, gentleman and friend, who died last month at the age of 86. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Three denominations are all we need

The U.S. Mint only needs to continue producing three coin denominations for circulation: the nickel, quarter and dollar. Prices on retail and wholesale goods can still be marked to the penny. Merely round the aggregate total of the purchase to the nearest nickel. Consequently, the nickel and quarter sum to any amount of change for a dollar. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Mishler’s parting shots unnecessary

I was surprised to read Cliff Mishler’s sudden announcement that he would not run for re-election to the ANA Board (NN, 12/11/12) and then chose to single out Patti Finner for his wrath without even mentioning her by name. It is unbecoming of a former President and current Governor of a national organization, the ANA, to publicly do so. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Consider collecting 2-cent coins

If you are looking for a coin series with a lot of history, but one that is still affordable, then 2-cent pieces are for you. Continue reading

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