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Mint happy to take a check?

There is no rush to buy the remaining National Baseball Hall of Fame clad half dollars. Though these coins have the same cupped shape as the sold-out gold $5 and silver dollar, the composition and higher mintage ceiling are deterring … Continue reading

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Year of the 5-ounce coin?

Are you are surprised as I am about the sales strength of the 2014 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin? Both the uncirculated collector version with the”P” mintmark and the bullion investor version without a … Continue reading

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Recycle your cents

It’s Earth Day 2014 and the U.S. Mint is on track to strike 8 billion cents this year for use in circulation. That will be up over 14 percent from 2013. That figure sounds like a lot, until one looks … Continue reading

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Do you have skin in the cash game?

Teenagers were given another reason over the weekend to use plastic instead of cash. Another study about just how dirty paper money can be was published in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. Citing researchers at New York University Dirty … Continue reading

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Set without a future

I had a conversation with colleague George Cuhaj yesterday. He mentioned that he had been approached by a former Krause Publications co-worker on bowling night. The co-worker is retired. Her question to George was what should she do with her … Continue reading

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What will you buy?

Taking a look at upcoming sales of various Mint products, my eye was drawn to two offerings to mention in the May 6 issue of Numismatic News. The first is the May 8 availability of the proof Buffalo one-ounce gold … Continue reading

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Change but no real change

Latest figures from the Mint showing sales of the various options that were available in the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program show some usual accounting jiggles. For the $5 gold piece, the proof sales number now stands … Continue reading

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Here they come

Yesterday, just before lunch, I received a commercial solicitation by email. I was delighted to receive it. It is the first commercial offering of the new National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins by a major coin retailer that I … Continue reading

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New silver Eagle design draws opinions

In weekly Numismatic News poll questions, I have never had much luck inquiring about silver American Eagles as investment objects. But ask about potential design change as recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recently and it is a different … Continue reading

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Can’t drive bullion

If you had made a bundle of money in gold and silver between 2001 and 2011, how would you have spent your profits? A new car perhaps? I was reading an article in the “AARP Bulletin” about the buyers of … Continue reading

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