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Viewpoint: Collector leaving hobby shares advice

By Jim Klein I recently liquidated my lifetime coin collection at age 77 rather than leave a complicated investment to my daughters, who are neither interested in nor knowledgeable about numismatics. It was a difficult decision for me but one … Continue reading

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Bullion rise outpaces coin prices

Gold is up. Silver is up. I don’t think it comes as any surprise, but common date, common condition silver and gold coins continue to follow the spot prices of their respective metals higher. Scarce to rare coins continue with … Continue reading

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New finds on older Lincoln cents

In recent months I’ve been highlighting error-variety finds on rather recent date coins that can still be found in circulation. However, collectors should know that new discoveries are still being made on older coins that are not often encountered in … Continue reading

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I’m not in favor of zombie issues

Have you noticed that when someone in Washington, D.C., suggests doing away with a current denomination, a promise goes with it that they will continue to be made for collectors? If you are going to have $1 bills taken away … Continue reading

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Eight bullion bargains reviewed

Premiums are down for bullion coins. Here are eight bullion items to look at right now. In helping to establish retail prices at the company where I work, we check the price formulas used by several national competitors. It seems … Continue reading

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Get ready to pay for that ‘W’

Does putting a “W” mintmark on a one-ounce silver American Eagle coin make it worth twice the price? It does when it is formally called the American Eagle 2017 One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin by the U.S. Mint. When the … Continue reading

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‘Coin Digest’ in new edition

The 2018 edition of U.S. Coin Digest is now available from Krause Publications, publisher of Numismatic News. With 2,000 color images and listings for all United States coin issues, this 16th edition is the most comprehensive color guide to U.S. … Continue reading

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Roll back sales taxes

Progress is being made on the state sales tax exemption front. Let’s take a look. Virginia: Earlier this year, the state of Virginia not only renewed its existing precious metals bullion sales tax exemption, it expanded the exemption to rare … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Little numbers tell the tale of the week

If you believe a lot of little numbers add up to something big, this is the week for you. There are numerous small changes. Start with bullion gold coins. There are mostly zeroes this week. Only tenth-ounce pieces were sold … Continue reading

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Short changed: 20-cent piece, it was thought, would fill a gap

It’s tempting to think that if there was a serious problem with making change in the West—one that supposedly led to the introduction of a 20-cent piece in 1875—that it could have been solved by use of other small change, … Continue reading

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