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Waiting and waiting and waiting

I have often used the metaphor that coin collectors waiting for potentially hot new U.S. coin issues are like kids just before Christmas waiting for Santa Claus. My morning email contained a message from a reader who turns the metaphor … Continue reading

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What do these numbers mean?

Here’s the test. What do these numbers have in common? 197, 29, 135, 197 and 23. Give up? You should. It is time to be away on vacation like the rest of the coin collecting population. Those numbers are the … Continue reading

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List makes it handy

I am counting down the days until I go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. Getting my office work done ahead of time and putting a schedule together for the week, Aug. 9-13, that … Continue reading

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Fuljenz to tell a classic story

At any given time, the world is new for someone. When I was in kindergarten, the kids in my class made white hand prints on black paper. Under the hand was the name of the child and the year. It … Continue reading

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Collectors should follow their heart

If you are worried about getting out, should you even get into numismatics? That issue is raised in a recent email to me. I am glad I began collecting in a simpler time, or perhaps I was just too dumb … Continue reading

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Find right way to sell collection

Yesterday I was asked by a telephone caller what I would recommend to him for disposing of his collection. He said it was worth $200,000 to $300,000. My first thought was to mention two major auction firms that are well … Continue reading

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Stand pat; don’t get wet

I had twenty minutes longer to think about my blog this morning. A heavy thunderstorm hit Iola, Wis., just before I pulled into the parking lot of Krause Publications. Rain was coming down in buckets as is often said of such … Continue reading

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Will platinum buyers go wild?

One-ounce platinum American Eagle bullion coins will become available from the U.S. Mint on July 25. It is only the second year since 2008 that platinum Eagles have been sold. In 2014, the Mint vended 16,900 coins. A platinum blank … Continue reading

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Sad end of proud coin club

I have just had word that a coin club has died. It could be any club experiencing declining attendance. But it is the Inland Empire Coin Club in Washington State that has reached its end. Treasurer Jon Kettner writes: “In … Continue reading

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All the silver Eagles you want

Rationing of silver American Eagle supplies has ended at the U.S. Mint. “We are pleased to announce after 28 weeks of allocation in 2016, effective Monday, July 18, 2016, we have lifted allocation of American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins. Authorized … Continue reading

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