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Be specific when asking questions

To be active in numismatics is to be full of questions. Identifying coins can be no easy task once you get beyond the familiarity of the cents through half dollars that we encounter daily. We collectors sometimes enjoy watching the … Continue reading

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Can you believe just anybody can profit?

Are coin collectors out of touch? Are we so isolated from the mainstream that our views should be dismissed out of hand by noncollectors? I sometimes wonder. I happened upon a story this morning posted by the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. … Continue reading

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Silver lining in lower gold price

It is probably no consolation for investors who are watching the price of gold bullion in free-fall, but for collectors who have not yet ordered the proof gold Kennedy half dollar, a lower gold price means patience has its rewards. … Continue reading

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End congressional commemoratives

It is time to abolish the issuance of congressionally approved modern commemorative coins. The current baseball program aside, recent issues simply leave modern collectors cold. There is an impulse to try to fix something that seems broken, but I think … Continue reading

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Many factors affect coin prices

I had a couple of emails yesterday from collectors who asked why the prices of certain coins are what they are. That’s a tough question to answer. I expect they want to be told that there is some formula. After … Continue reading

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Take good deals where you find them

I was looking at various coins that are for sale on the U.S. Mint’s website this morning. A couple of items in particular caught my eye. If you would like to buy the “W” mint marked 2014 uncirculated silver American Eagle coin, … Continue reading

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Add your name to history

Selling off a collection is a very difficult thing to do. Many collectors are bad at it. For many, it can feel like giving up. If coins have been a part of your life for many decades, the sense of … Continue reading

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Old and new continue to battle

For every Apple announcement of new products and advances in the electronic economy, there seems to be another news story about computer hackers gaining access to personal data. While our future will not be without problems, one day I think … Continue reading

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Platinum Eagle coin worth the effort?

Word went out from the Mint at the beginning of the week that the last day it will accept orders for 2014 bullion platinum American Eagles will be Oct. 1. That’s the news. The question is do enough people care … Continue reading

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It was never all about silver

When I look back to my beginnings in numismatics, I sometimes ask myself whether I should have been less the starry-eyed kid and more the commercially attuned realist. Since I was a kid at the time I began collecting, there … Continue reading

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