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Buy collector coins before it is too late

The holiday season is here. Family traditions come to the fore. Even numismatic “family” traditions occur. The end of the year means the Mint is reaching the conclusion of the sales period for various coins. Supplies begin to run out. … Continue reading

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Fake $100 bills show up in Asia

North Korea might be at it again in turning out fake $100 bills. A report in a British newspaper, the Daily Mail, caught my eye this morning. The notes in question are old series with fewer anti-counterfeiting devices in them. … Continue reading

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Wait for 2018 Eagles or get Maple Leaves now

Not long ago, I wrote that the Mint should be offering 2018 silver American Eagle bullion coins to buyers as soon as the calendar page turns to January. Why? Well, demand for the coin is becoming a one-month wonder, and … Continue reading

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Mint absent from the fight against fakes?

The Mint is not doing enough to combat counterfeits. This is the conclusion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. It issued a statement yesterday. The conclusion was drawn after studying a Nov. 17 letter … Continue reading

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Demand your right to use cash?

Do you have a right to use cash? Sounds like a silly question to anyone who has ever rented a car. But it is a question apparently being asked in the city of Chicago. Before you roll your eyes at … Continue reading

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Mint starts 2018 with proof silver Eagle

The first collector coin that the U.S. Mint will put on sale in 2018 is the proof silver American Eagle. It becomes available on the website Jan. 4. This is a good indication of how relatively popular the coin is … Continue reading

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Silver treat in your Christmas stocking?

Will Christmas demand for silver American Eagles help end 2017 on a strong note? So far, the evidence is skimpy. The Mint reports that initial December demand was 120,000 coins. For the entire month of November, 385,000 pieces were sold … Continue reading

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Threat to cent’s future higher now

The stock market is booming. Bitcoin is soaring. Gold is merely up for the year, but up is better than down. Even silver is slightly positive this year. When the economy rocks on like this, defenders of the U.S. cent … Continue reading

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Yes, you can believe your eyes

When you want to find a valuable coin so bad you can taste it, does that mean you don’t believe what your eyes tell you? I wonder. I had an email yesterday: “I’m writing you again after sitting with my … Continue reading

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Get your money ready for 2018 palladium proof

Remember the U.S. palladium bullion American Eagle coin introduced in September? You know, the one-ounce piece with a mintage of 20,000 that looks like a Mercury dime on the obverse and a Walking Liberty half on the reverse? You don’t? … Continue reading

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