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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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Viewpoint: Coin sales to benefit baseball fans

  By Jeff Idelson We read with interest the “Viewpoint” by Bruce Walker published in the Nov. 20 Numismatic News entitled “MLB doesn’t need coin money.” We wish to bring some inaccuracies in this article to your attention. The National … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Color important part of coin grade

What is the future of coin grading? Can collectors, professional numismatists, dealers, and organizations agree on one grading standard? Can we be more precise when describing the grade or color of a coin? Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Make commmems circulation strikes

In rebuttal to F.M. Fawcette’s “Viewpoint” in the Nov. 13 edition of Numismatic News, I agree yet disagree on the “killing” of the commemorative coin program. Yes, we should keep the program as it stands, only one or two a year, but make it issues in “business strikes” like other circulating coins, as well as .999 silver strikes. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Time to think about your insurance?

Hurricane Sandy has left many collectors feeling vulnerable even though they were nowhere near the affected area. They wonder if they are adequately prepared if fate should deal them a blow. Continue reading

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