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Mint cuts ANA limit to 1

The U.S. Mint has decided that a purchase limit of two gold Kennedy half dollars is too many. It has just announced it will cut this limit to one coin per person at its booth when sales begin Aug. 5 at … Continue reading

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Get your comfortable shoes ready

Gearing up to attend the American Numismatic Association convention is always a challenge. Spending a week away from the office, Aug. 4-9, means trying to do as much desk work as possible before being released to run around the bourse … Continue reading

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Are they golden hula-hoops?

Remember the hula-hoop? It was big for a time when I was a kid. Then it wasn’t. How about the Slinky? Same thing. Big. Then it wasn’t. The year I was born Davy Crockett was a big hit with coonskin … Continue reading

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Bullion gets promotion?

Bullion in bar form has long been viewed as a convenient way of trading in precious metals. But is it collectible? That might seem like a foolish question from anyone who lived through the one-ounce silver bar collecting boom of the … Continue reading

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On your mark, get set, gold!

If you want to be among the first to buy a 50th anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar Aug. 5 at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., you had better be prepared to stand in line yourself. On Friday … Continue reading

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Buyers love Kennedy

The Mint says that buyers of the 50th anniversary Kennedy two-coin clad half dollar set have taken 68,974 in less than 24 hours from the beginning of sales at noon Eastern time yesterday. Price is $9.95. While the total might … Continue reading

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Profits to buy clad respectability?

After almost 50 years, do we at last have a formula where our modern clad coins are no longer treated by collectors as the unwanted stepchildren as Cinderella was? Is the term “clad trash” being replaced by “clad cash” in … Continue reading

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Collector happy with his baseball coins

Coin collecting requires patience. However, when a coin collector is waiting for a new issue to be delivered from the U.S. Mint, sometimes that quality is sorely tested. During such times I receive many communications expressing varying degrees of dissatisfaction. … Continue reading

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Countdown to gold moment

Gold Kennedy half dollars to be offered at the American Numismatic Association convention in Rosemont, Ill., beginning Aug. 5 has certainly gotten the attention of many collectors. I had a phone call from a longtime reader in Texas who was … Continue reading

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Book still valuable tool

Remember the early days of the Internet when individuals asked questions and other individuals would refer them to the FAQ page for frequently asked questions? That response was a little like being told by your mother to do your homework … Continue reading

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