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Pick a set, any set

There are a number of collectors who are enjoying the pastime of collecting coins in the worst grade possible, a Poor-1. These coins are so worn that they can barely be identified. They are the worst of the worst. I … Continue reading

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Change ANA membership approach

Yesterday I wrote about the appeal of luxury as can apply to coins. Today, I should point out that some sense of exclusivity is a good thing. In this case, I am thinking about it in relation to members of … Continue reading

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Avoid gold distraction

In our natural state we coin collectors are internally driven. We want coins. We find them. We buy them. What could be simpler? Nothing really, but in times of economic upset we tend to over think things and look around … Continue reading

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Classic and modern coins battle it out

Stack’s Bowers reports that the Garrett Class III 1804 silver dollar sold for $1.88 million at its Rarities Night auction event at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. Dave Bowers is quoted as saying, “This is … Continue reading

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Good gold idea can be made better

While we are all still digesting the problems with the U.S. Mint’s offer of 1964-2014 proof gold Kennedy half dollar at the American Numismatic Association World Money Fair held last week in Rosemont, Ill., I would like to point out … Continue reading

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Hiring gold buyers nothing new

There was much tut, tut, tutting at the American Numismatic Association convention last week about dealers hiring people to stand in line to buy the proof gold Kennedy half dollars at the Mint booth. Some people wondered how they could … Continue reading

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Time for post-show evaluation

Being back in the office this morning is a bit of a letdown after an exciting week at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. A hectic schedule offered me little opportunity to think. It was … Continue reading

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My blog gets NLG award

Among the many awards that the Numismatic Literary Guild gave last night at its annual bash was one that names Buzz the best Internet blog. I am grateful to the NLG judges for this honor. I am grateful to the … Continue reading

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Gold Kennedy sales ended at ANA

The fourth and fifth days of sales of the new proof gold Kennedy half dollar have been cancelled at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. Walter Ostromecki, ANA president, cited safety concerns and the Mint’s … Continue reading

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Mining the Kennedy gold

The lines are getting longer as potential buyers gather for a shot at purchasing the valuable proof gold Kennedy half dollars being sold at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. At 10:15 p.m. yesterday, the … Continue reading

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