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Pizza parties don’t go with coins, do they?

Joseph P. Kennedy knew it was time to get out of the stock market before the 1929 crash when shoeshine boys were offering stock tips. What is the 21st century equivalent? The contents of my email this morning perhaps are … Continue reading

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American victory celebrated by coins

When I was a kid, my Holy Grail was a 1909-S VDB cent. Mintage was 484,000. Only 484,000, I thought. That’s rare. I wasn’t alone. Most coin collectors felt the same way. How about two coins with mintages of just … Continue reading

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Which service branch sold the most medals?

We collectors often write that we are disappointed in something that the United States Mint has done. Is the reverse true? Is the U.S. Mint disappointed in the behavior of collectors? If it is, perhaps yesterday was one of those … Continue reading

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Time to walk like a penguin?

I didn’t want to look beyond the end of my nose this morning. That almost sounds mean coming from someone who represents numismatics. Coin collectors have wide-ranging interests. There is not a place in the world that a coin collector … Continue reading

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Bargains might be found in unlikely places

The Internet has made numismatics truly international. An upcoming March 16 sale proves my point. It was advertised in the Numismatic News that went to press yesterday. Readers of Numismatic News collect mostly U.S. coins, so they might be surprised … Continue reading

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Get ready for big price for fantastic error

I have had a year’s worth of emails about cent errors due to discoveries of two new ones at the beginning of last year. What will the sale of an incredible Year 2000 Washington quarter/Sacagawea dollar mule bring me? I … Continue reading

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Billionaire buys Seated silver dollars

A billionaire has purchased a set of Seated Liberty silver dollars with the help of David Lawrence Rare Coins. The Virginia Beach, Va., numismatic firm announced Feb. 13 that it had acquired the set on behalf of a partner, Dell … Continue reading

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Coin collectors gather ‘secret’ financial information

While Wall Street tries to figure out why the stock market tumbled from January records, coin collectors might be sitting on the answer. We are not superior economic experts, but we do monitor something that might prove to be useful. … Continue reading

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Well done, Mint, on order limit

Are United States Mint new issues order limits making a comeback? I hope so When the new American Liberty one-tenth ounce 2018 gold proof coin went on sale Feb. 8, the Mint imposed a household order limit of five coins. … Continue reading

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Can new British mint service possibly succeed?

The British Royal Mint is going into the coin authentication and valuing service. Can you believe it? You should. With countries moving to cashlessness, what’s a mint to do to stay relevant in the 21st century? The Royal Mint announced … Continue reading

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