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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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Big bang in gold not likely

Yesterday gold was up $17.10 on news of a tragic event in Ukraine where an airliner was shot down by rebels. Today it is backing off $9.90, according to my morning check of the www.kitco.com website. Trading at $1,308.30 a … Continue reading

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Gold Kennedy makes things lively

The existence of the Internet is supposed to be killing off coin shows. Certainly it has changed their nature. It is almost eerie to look into convention auction rooms and see almost nobody present as lot after lot goes to … Continue reading

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Still excited over new quarters

Collectors of America the Beautiful quarters are not as numerous as collectors of the state quarter series were 1999-2008. That is understandable as 15 years into changing reverses on the denomination five times a year, the novelty has gone. However, … Continue reading

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Seen an altered coin lately?

What happens to coins that are altered outside of the Mint in order to make souvenirs out of them that can be marketed to the public? I don’t have the answer for everything, but I have one reader who regularly … Continue reading

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Getting a silver dollar education

Is 2014 the Year of the Peace dollar? It sure looks like it. Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers sold two rare matte proof high-relief 1922 Peace dollar coins for eye-popping prices in early June. The better of the two sold … Continue reading

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Gold movie gets a boost

The movie “Alongside Night” will get a boost July 14 when it premieres in Beverly Hills, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. at Laemmie’s Music Hall 3. For the past year it has been going from small venue to small venue. I … Continue reading

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Silver sales sag as clad moves along

Things can get a little topsy-turvy in numismatics during the summertime when many hobbyists are away on vacation. This has been brought home to me by two Mint-related bits of news. Yesterday, the Mint eliminated order limits on the clad … Continue reading

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Does the cent have a future?

There is a lively debate going on among Numismatic News readers about abolishing the cent and rounding prices. They are avidly submitting their thoughts for the Letters pages and the Viewpoint space. Why not join in? It costs twice face … Continue reading

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