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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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Viewpoint: Internet sales taxes: the real threat

The federal and state governments are hungry for new tax revenue. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has issued the following evaluation of how this might impact the numismatic business. The introduction is by ICTA and a summary by Jimmy Hayes follows. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Cent was part of hobby era now gone

Times have changed and coins have, too. Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1950s was a different world than what exists in 2012. There was a plethora of local coin and stamp shops, vacant lots on what are now prime locations in a family and kid friendly atmosphere. Continue reading

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