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How far can you throw a Presidential dollar?

Let’s take a chapter from our national past and start dollar throwing contests for coin collectors. Our first President, George Washington, in addition to admitting cutting down a cherry tree, also supposedly threw a dollar across the Potomac River, or … Continue reading

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Time to go to Central States Numismatic Society show

Chicago is an important location in the numismatic field. This is demonstrated most clearly by suburban Schaumburg, Ill., being the permanent home of the annual Central States Numismatic Society convention. This convention gets under way next week on April 26 with … Continue reading

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Those 2009 cents still hard to find

I was surprised to receive a 2009-D Professional Life Lincoln cent in my change yesterday. Even eight years after the four special designs of that year began to be struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, I am startled when I see … Continue reading

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Display 1933 gold $20s at Denver ANA show

After 12 years, the Langbord family’s attempt to regain possession of 10 1933 $20 gold pieces has come to an end. The Supreme Court said it will not hear an appeal. The Aug. 1, 2016, ruling for the government by … Continue reading

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Don’t skip medals on redesigned Mint website

I was looking around the Mint’s redesigned website this morning. Take a look at it. It is worth a visit. Naturally, I wanted to be able to find the areas that I need to look at regularly. It is also … Continue reading

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Mint seeks Apollo 11 coin artists

A coin design competition begins May 1 to find a design for the four 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary commemorative coins. I say design because it is literally a search for one design to be used on the obverses of all … Continue reading

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New book aimed at proof coin lovers

Roger W. Burdette has written a new book. The intrepid researcher has titled it, United States Proof Coins 1936-1942. What a rich vein of information he has mined. When I was a kid ordering my first proof sets from the … Continue reading

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Put automatic order limits on all Mint offers

It is time for the U.S. Mint to create a new sales policy. Any offer of anything it makes during the first week of availability should be limited to one to a customer. That’s it. It should be automatic. There … Continue reading

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Strange tale told by cent mintage numbers

Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that … Continue reading

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Cash still wins in this spending race

Sweden might be leading a march to a cashless society, but the United States doesn’t seem inclined to follow. I noticed a story on CNBC this morning about the use of credit cards. Check it out. It is interesting. The … Continue reading

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