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Weekend wonder

It is Friday. The weekend. I was somewhat disappointed to find that I have to wait another week for the long Labor Day weekend. But this weekend is still a good time to have one of the last flings of … Continue reading

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Summer and searches

Summer is ending. The school has already started in many places. For me, it is a time to reflect and a time to offer a little advice. Summer was my time as a kid to search huge quantities of coins … Continue reading

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Canada takes the lead

Imagine a world of bullion coins where you place a coin in an electronic scanner and you learn beyond doubt that the coin is genuine. That is the certainty that the Royal Canadian Mint is about to introduce for new … Continue reading

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Pope’s visit celebrated

Here it is two week’s after the American Numismatic Association began its convention in Rosemont, Ill., and I am still coming up with topics that came my way there that I have not had a chance to address. But is … Continue reading

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Kennedy gold goes off sale

It looks like the popular 2014 John F. Kennedy gold half dollar has finally gone off sale. It was available for more than a year, but getting to the final 75,000 announced mintage proved to be difficult if not impossible. … Continue reading

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Bold gold future untold

It maybe the dog days of August for most of us, which is what inspires somewhat silly headlines like this, but apparently it is not dog days for gold. The precious metal has been frisky since the first day of … Continue reading

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Real treasure in our hands

Did you hear me whistle late yesterday afternoon? It was then that I read the total prices realized by Heritage from its American Numismatic Association World’s Fair auction. Over $46 million was realized by all categories of numismatic items from … Continue reading

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Don’t cheat yourself

Get out there and exercise. Be active. Use your brain. You will benefit. No, this is not a public service announcement from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. It is a suggestion to coin collectors, or individuals who call themselves coin collectors, … Continue reading

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Contest can open doors

At the Numismatic Literary Guild panel discussion last Thursday during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, I was asked about my beginnings as a numismatic journalist. My first bylined article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins … Continue reading

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Future of conventions scrutinized

On my way down to breakfast Saturday morning, the hotel elevator doors opened to reveal a young woman wearing a grass skirt, a lei around her neck and rings of flowers on her wrists and on her head. I was … Continue reading

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