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Collectors flock to San Jose show

The northern California collector base helped business boom on the bourse floor of the 47th Annual San Jose Coin & Collectibles Show at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose Jan. 23-25. Attendance topped the 750 mark. “We had a … Continue reading

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How long since you last took a look?

How many incomplete sets of coins do you own? In my time in the hobby I have owned plenty. Some I still have. Some I sold off at points in my life when I needed money. It makes me wonder … Continue reading

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Collectors ignored 1973-S silver Ike

The 1973-S Eisenhower dollar was the result of a pattern from the first couple of years of Eisenhower dollars. It had been decided that there would be 40 percent silver Eisenhower dollars that were offered in proof and brilliant uncirculated … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Want new coin designs? Tell Congress

By Erik N. Jansen Thanks to Bob Olekson! I saw the “Viewpoint” article you published by Bob Olekson and found myself nodding in agreement again and again. [In that article Olekson, said that “to revitalize the hobby we need new … Continue reading

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Truman, 2015 quarters released

The first Presidential coin of 2015, the Harry S. Truman dollar, was released Feb. 5. By Feb. 8, buyers purchased 8,605 Philadelphia and 7,747 Denver 25-count rolls, 704 Philadelphia and 729 Denver $100 bags and 3,477 Philadelphia and 2,294 Denver … Continue reading

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Bell lines make big difference for Franklins

You know those little lines across the Liberty Bell on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar? Those can mean the difference between a Franklin half being worth a couple hundred dollars or a couple thousand. Lee Crane, owner of … Continue reading

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Steve Ellsworth to run for ANA board seat

Early coppers dealer and retired Army colonel Steven Ellsworth has announced his candidacy for a seat on the American Numismatic Association board of governors in the summer election. “I would like to assist in the development of charitable program that … Continue reading

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Homestead quarter introduced at ceremony

More than 2,500 people attended  the Homestead National Monument of America quarter launch held Feb. 10 in Beatrice, Neb., reports Nebraska collector Mitch Ernst, who attended the event for the first 2015 quarter. The Homestead quarter design, a wooden cabin … Continue reading

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Coin Clinic: Why should collectors learn to grade coins?

By Richard Giedoryc You have warned collectors to use their own grading skills when evaluating coins for purchase. Does that mean we cannot rely on third-party grading services? No. But it is important to point out that there are likely … Continue reading

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Italian counterfeiters linked to mafia

By Richard Giedroyc Police in Carabinieri, Italy, arrested 56 people in the Naples metropolitan region in early December 2014, charging them with counterfeiting coins and primarily bank notes. Officials acknowledged that those being arrested were suspected of being members of … Continue reading

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