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When writers throw a bash

Ernest Hemingway made certain watering holes in Key West, Fla., and Havana, Cuba famous. They are landmarks. They are part of literary history. Numismatic writers have no such famous locations. They have to make do with just one night a … Continue reading

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Who are new ANA members?

The current American Numismatic Association election campaign is a fairly quiet one. What can you expect when the presidency and vice presidency are not contested? This should worry the ANA board. I am not one of those who thinks lawsuits … Continue reading

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Well done, ANA

High School graduation is just around the corner for many students around the country. They will be heading off to college, the military, to jobs, or other training. Yesterday, the American Numismatic Association announced that Tyler Rusnak of Villa Park, … Continue reading

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Taking issue with issue price

Most coin collectors are good with numbers. Dealers are even more so. Most collectors also like precision. With an increasingly messy marketplace, precision isn’t always obtainable. A phone call to the office yesterday reminded me of our ever changing hobby … Continue reading

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Good times for cent lovers

It must be good times for Iola, Wis., as the 2015-D Lincoln cent has found its way into at least one cash register here. I had lunch on Monday with Clifford Mishler, the retired CEO of Krause Publications, and he received … Continue reading

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What’s a 1933 gold $20 worth?

Most collectors are probably pleased that an appeals court ruled Friday that 10 1933 $20 gold pieces should be returned to the Langbord family. I am in that camp. Trying to take the coins away from the family seems to … Continue reading

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If you’re under 50, do you care?

The economy does seem to be improving. Signs at businesses looking to hire new employees are popping up like spring flowers in my part of Wisconsin. On one of my weekend errands, I stopped by and made a purchase of … Continue reading

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Can silver make you poorer?

Pat Heller writes a bullion commentary for a weekly e-newsletter that is sent out on Tuesdays. He also writes a hard-copy newsletter for clients of his business, Liberty Coin Service. I find his price list for the various bullion coins … Continue reading

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If you know where gold is going …

Where is the price of gold headed? If I knew that, I would be rich. Traders would almost kill for such information. But no matter how much anyone knows, there is always a huge bit of guessing when it comes … Continue reading

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Congratulations to ICTA and Whitman

Congratulations to the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo and their political allies. Late yesterday they announced that they had for the third time overcome an effort in the Maryland General Assembly to repeal a state … Continue reading

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