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When cents become a bother

I am getting lazy about cents. I find that it is becoming more of a chore to look at the dates of the coins I get in change. Does this have anything to do with the falling price of copper? … Continue reading

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Time for a steel cycle?

Gold is making headlines. Silver is making headlines. Steel is not, unless you are watching the news about anti-dumping complaints against China. However, steel could be making headlines again in numismatics just because questions about 1943 steel cents pop up … Continue reading

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Silver path surprise

The stock market seems to be in panic mode. After the excitement of last week, it looks like we get to experience it again today. What does that mean for precious metals? They go up, right? That is the knee-jerk … Continue reading

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Go West not-so-young-man

My next trip out of the office will be Sept. 25 when I head out to Vallejo, Calif., with Clifford Mishler to participate in the second annual Northern California Numismatic Seminar sponsored by the Northern California Numismatic Association. There will … Continue reading

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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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