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Summer starts; put coins away?

The unofficial start of summer commences with Memorial Day weekend. I am certainly looking forward to three days of activity that does not involve coin collecting. Good weather is too valuable to waste in Wisconsin. That is probably why coin … Continue reading

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Another Thursday, another deadline

My life has been organized by the weekly deadlines of Numismatic News for nearly 40 years. In that time, the deadline has not changed. At 1 p.m. the paper goes to the printer in Shawano, a community that is not … Continue reading

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Spending coins make them more real

Have you ever had the opportunity to go to another country and spend a currency that is not U.S. dollars? I have been fortunate to be able to spend Canadian dollars, European euros, Costa Rican colones, Panamanian balboas and Nicaraguan … Continue reading

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Making a life choice that sticks

I had an email from a reader who found some old copies of Numismatic News from almost 15 years ago. The image was too dark to use here, but I could see the headlines. Perhaps the most memorable one was … Continue reading

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Big Kennedy anniversary coming soon

In one week it will be the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. How do you plan to mark the occasion? It is an important date. He is forever young because of his assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, … Continue reading

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May revival for silver Eagles

The midpoint of the month was reached just a few days ago. I took a look at the sales figure for silver American Eagles. They stood at 1,560,000. That is almost double the 835,000 pieces sold in the entire month … Continue reading

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When was the last time you were excited?

Have you purchased any Boys Town or Lions commemorative coins this year? For that matter, have you bought any commemoratives at all in recent years? Sadly, many collectors seem to be giving these monuments to history a pass. Numismatic philosophers … Continue reading

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Do you want to be told where to go?

Sometimes being told where to go is a nice thing. For example, take the Numismatic News Coin Show and Auction Guide. It is compiled semi-annually. It is the most complete list of shows available at any one time. If you … Continue reading

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No mintmarks now source of confusion

Generational shifts are awkward things. Common knowledge to one set of people ceases to become common knowledge. One topic area I am noticing this shift in more and more regards the addition of the Philadelphia “P” mintmark to American coins. … Continue reading

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Ransoms aren’t what they used to be

Gold gets no respect once again. Hackers attempting to  hold the world’s computers for ransom demand payment not in gold but in Bitcoin. There is a lesson here. Gold is an inflation hedge. Gold is a hedge against economic uncertainty. … Continue reading

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