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Will Uncle Sam get your IRA?

I have written a number of times that I expect the U.S. government will eventually take or somehow get control of all assets in private retirement accounts, including precious metals individual retirement accounts. The basic reason for this expectation is … Continue reading

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Kurdistan militants seek own currency

By Richard Giedroyc First it was ISIS, the terrorist group determined to re-establish a medieval-style caliphate in what is now Syria and Iraq, that announced it was going to issue its own money. Now the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) … Continue reading

An image supposed to be that of the PKK's currency.
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Will collectors boldly buy ‘Star Trek’ coins?

On Feb. 16 The Perth Mint will release both the U.S.S. Enterprise and Captain James T. Kirk imaged in silver. It is 49 years since Gene Roddenberry launched the Star Trek series and it is still running hot. The two, … Continue reading

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Coinage of Roman Republic Online aids numismatic research

The American Numismatic Society, in collaboration with the British Museum and the Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, has launched another major tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. Coinage … Continue reading

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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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