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Wisconsin shiver or shirt sleeves?

Winter is coming. In Wisconsin, you just don’t quite know when it will hit. Yesterday I was walking outside in shirt sleeves. Today, I expect to be able to do the same thing. These pleasant conditions cannot last. When the … Continue reading

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Member perks Texas-sized in TNA

Are you a member of the Texas Numismatic Association? Any collector living in Texas should be. For a good reason, I will cite the September/October issue of TNA News I was reading. In the issue, I found the annual notification … Continue reading

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Celebrate Dow 23,000 by buying coins

Who will make the popcorn? Sit back. Relax. Let’s watch the current greatest show on earth: the American stock markets. They are going relentlessly higher. We might say they are partying like it was 1999. The Dow Jones Industrial Average … Continue reading

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See? The Mint isn’t doing so badly, is it?

The United States, as well as its coin collectors, have been waiting since 2006 to see what alternatives to current coin compositions might be introduced. Costs of producing cents and nickels continue to be higher than face value. The need … Continue reading

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Two Mint directors share one opinion

Former Mint directors Philip Diehl and Ed Moy teamed up to advocate abolishing the cent and the dollar bill and striking dollar coins to replace the paper money. Coin collectors have seen this movie before. It is nice when a … Continue reading

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Savvy silver buyers might want to collect these

Now might just be the best time ever to collect modern commemorative silver dollars that have been issued since 1983 by the U.S. Mint. A flyer came my way in the mail. In it was an offering of mixed groups … Continue reading

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What do you say when the news didn’t flash?

Since the Internet became a part of our lives, we assume everybody learns everything almost as soon as it happens. Have you found yourself thinking that as I have? An email that I received yesterday should make us all do … Continue reading

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Time runs out on Limited Edition set

You snooze, you lose. That saying is often true. In this case, it applies to the sellout of the Mint’s latest offer. The United States Mint Limited Edition 2017 Silver Proof Set went on sale Oct. 5. It is no … Continue reading

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It’s all about those mintage and population numbers

When I was a kid, I learned that rarity and condition were the two factors that determined value. Very old coins could be common because they are numerous. Modern coins can be rare because few were made, or the mintage … Continue reading

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How many new collectors will we attract?

News of rare pennies from 1982 and 1983 continues to go round the Internet. That pleases me. It has been a good year for Numismatic News. We were the first to report the discovery of the first copper 1983-D cent, … Continue reading

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