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I remember when gold and silver were …

On Monday morning it is sometimes tough to fire up my memory and get focused on the news and features for the coming week. I think back to years ago and shrug. Even if I get myself up to speed … Continue reading

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Errors prompt many questions

A handwritten letter arrived yesterday. The sender poses a question. He writes, “A few years back 20+ I found a 1988-P mint set with a doubled Washington quarter. “Since then I’ve bought hundreds of ’88 sets, but have found only 15 … Continue reading

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Now we’re all out of luck

The first gold Kennedy half dollar sold and then slabbed at the American Numismatic Association convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., was worth $100,000. What’s a set of 2015 coins slabbed in 2014 worth? Perhaps we will find … Continue reading

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End and a beginning

Sad news appeared on the agenda of the American Numismatic Association’s telephone board meeting yesterday. It revealed that the Colorado Wyoming Numismatic Association ceased to operate June 14, 2014. The CWNA website says the organization was founded in 1952, which … Continue reading

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There’s treasure in talks

One good treasure hunt deserves another? Attendees of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show and Convention will find out at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Monroeville, Pa., Convention Center. That’s when Bob Evans, the chief scientist and … Continue reading

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Old date is new again?

After checking my email Monday morning, I decided that this week it is back to basics after seeing what was left after deleting all of the spam. One message that I received was particularly surprising. It will take a little … Continue reading

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I get a bang out of coins

I am a fan of the CBS television series “The Big Bang Theory.” You might call it life with nerds, geeks or whatever pejorative term you want to use about smart but awkward people. It has raised their profile and … Continue reading

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Strike gold with First Spouse coins?

When the Presidential dollar series ends with the Jerry Ford issue in 2016, the First Spouse gold coin program will end with it. At that point, all of the coins issued from Martha Washington to Betty Ford will be a … Continue reading

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Advice worth more than gold

If you could give a word of advice to every new collector, what would it be? We all make mistakes that we should have avoided. A little guidance from prior generations might have helped. Not every bit of numismatic information … Continue reading

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Don’t date yourself

When did you go to school? I went to school long enough ago that Pluto was considered a planet. The solar system then had nine planets. Now it has eight. If you had learned about the solar system before 1930, … Continue reading

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