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Billion dollar U.S. coin not a fantasy

What will be the first billion dollar U.S. coin rarity? Sounds ridiculous? Don’t bet against it. In the last 50 years, the major rarities like the 1804 dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head nickel have gone up in value by … Continue reading

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No advantage being in the middle

What is the future for coin shows? Ever since the Internet arrived, coin collectors have been debating the question. Technically, there is no need for a show at all anymore. But don’t tell that to show organizers or sentimentalists like … Continue reading

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Does anyone care about regular coin mintages?

Have you ever taken a 30-year vacation? In one way, I did. When I joined the staff of Numismatic News in 1978, one of my tasks was to write up the monthly coin production at the U.S. Mint. Collectors used … Continue reading

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Few enhanced uncirculated sets left

I was wrong. In my Aug. 9 blog, I wrote that I expected the sales number for the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set to decline over the coming week. It didn’t. It went up. But the set is still not … Continue reading

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Collector lessons good guides for investment

Coin collectors are smarter investors than perhaps they realize. Consider the nature of collecting itself. A half century ago when I was in my early stages, advice boiled down to two things: Buy the best you can afford. Build sets. … Continue reading

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Hard to love what you don’t know

Collectors have emotional attachment to coins. Copper collectors love copper. Silver coin collectors love silver. Gold coin collectors love gold. Some collectors have the budget to love all three simultaneously. What happens when you drop a coin of a new … Continue reading

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Always be prepared: Own some gold

Security blanket. Gold. One offers a child psychological protection. The other offers very real financial protection. Anyone knowing that will not be surprised to learn that sales of gold are up this week. Fears of a military conflict with North … Continue reading

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Time to focus on enhanced coin quality

Quality. Every collector knows the better the quality of a coin, the higher the price. Does the Mint? A reader emailed me his observations about the Enhanced Uncirculated Sets he ordered last week. He has gotten delivery already. Kudos to … Continue reading

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Slam dunk bounced out of the hoop

It is easy to get caught up in buyer enthusiasm. We witnessed that Aug. 1. It was the first day of sales for the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. The first person in line at the American Numismatic Association World’s … Continue reading

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Market giving up on silver American Eagles?

Is the glass half full or half empty? How many times have you seen that question? It is always asked because there are many times when it sums up the situation. Take sales of silver bullion American Eagles. They closed … Continue reading

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