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Ike set a quick sellout

Some collectors were saying “I Like Ike” while others expressed frustration when the Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set went on sale Aug. 11. The biggest draw in the set is the Eisenhower reverse proof dollar, exclusive to the set. Limited … Continue reading

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Belgium issues Waterloo coin

By Richard Giedroyc Napoleon is meeting his Waterloo – again, as Belgium surprised France by going ahead with the sale of its 2½ euro coins marking Napoleon’s defeat despite France’s official protests regarding a previously planned issue. France initially outmaneuvered … Continue reading

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Dollar bill under attack again

The days of the $1 bill would be numbered if the Unified Savings and Accountability Act is passed by Congress. But the ragbag bill does not make a clean kill of the denomination. It buries it in legalese near a … Continue reading

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Taking control or unacceptable risk?

For several years now, I have been hearing about a means of being able to hold the precious metals acquired by your Investment Retirement Account (IRA) in your personal custody instead of being stored at a custodian as required for … Continue reading

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North American Coins and Prices makes sense

Coin collectors tend of have a wide range of interests. When I was a kid, I saved everything from rocks to stamps and tried to make sense of what I was finding. The same wide range of interests also applied … Continue reading

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High Relief gold worth it?

Are you in for $1,650 on the secondary market, or are you willing to wait until September or October for a coin from the U.S. Mint? That’s the question facing potential buyers of the 2015-W High Relief American Liberty gold … Continue reading

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Silver Eagles comeback slow

Did coin buyers run out of money at the beginning of August? This is perhaps a silly question, but a failure of the new 2015 High Relief gold $100 to sell out its 50,000-coin supply despite a strong start was … Continue reading

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High Relief orders drop

A buying frenzy for the 2015 High Relief $100 gold piece ran out of fizz before sellout. Buyers took 36,686 pieces of an available 50,000 on the first day of sales July. 30. In the first hour alone, the Mint … Continue reading

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Irish soon to be penniless

By Richard Giedroyc Ireland hopes to follow the example of several other European Union currency union members by ceasing production of its 1- and 2-cent coins. The recommendation made June 14 by Ireland Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to the … Continue reading

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Coins, bank notes or virtual money?

By Richard Giedroyc Fiat money began replacing specie during the early 20th century when the world stopped using gold coins in circulation. By the 1960s the process was complete. Circulating silver coins were replaced by those composed of base metal. … Continue reading

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