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Got your cash ready?

Mass marketer or niche product producer, the Mint bounces back and forth between these two very different marketing approaches like a circus performer on a tightrope. Yesterday, from its mass marketing pole, the Mint set off and sold another 1,221,500 … Continue reading

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When will Mint run out?

Silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coins were put back on sale by the U.S. Mint yesterday. The Mint had run out of the coins in early July. It took almost three weeks to build up a supply of 3 million … Continue reading

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Protect their gold

Government overreach is not a problem that happens only in the United States. The latest example of this is in Germany with a proposed amendment to its Protection of Cultural Heritage law. Alarmed, Ursula Kampmann of CoinsWeekly has spearheaded an … Continue reading

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Silver decline makes me think of quarters

Is the sagging price of silver becoming a sore point for anyone? When I checked the Kitco website this morning, silver was trading for $14.46 a troy ounce. This is down from roughly $48 in April 2011. At today’s price, … Continue reading

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Send your check now

Private firms offering numismatic items to people who know nothing about the field have been commonplace for many years. Every so often a reader will send me examples of these offers for my information. Yesterday two such communications came my … Continue reading

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About the box

Many collectors have ordered coins from the U.S. Mint over the years and upon receipt simply stored them in the original mailer. I have done that, especially with commemorative coins. There really is no album for them, so they end … Continue reading

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Proof sets mostly forgotten?

The silver American Eagle bullion coin is probably the most widely followed coin issue of the United States Mint. Is there a collector in the land who does not own one? Only quick sellouts of things like the Truman Coin … Continue reading

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Cheaper gold, more 2016 sales?

Collectors of U.S. coins might have to say thank you to China. Why? Read on. Expectations are building among coin collectors about next year’s U.S. Mint offering of gold Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty half dollars. The … Continue reading

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More silver Eagles July 27

Silver American Eagle bullion coins will be put back on sale by the U.S. Mint on July 27, 20 days after the July 7 notice was sent saying that it had run out of the coins. The Mint’s rationing system, … Continue reading

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How low can it go?

The price of an ounce of platinum fell below $1,000 this morning. Will gold be close behind? I checked the Kitco website a little more extensively than I usually do because platinum’s fall below that nice round number made we … Continue reading

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