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Coin auctioneer for ANA wants your loyalty

I will not be able to attend the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in March in Orlando, Fla. But that does not mean I am not interested in what goes on there. My morning email contains an announcement from … Continue reading

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You want silver coins but you get gold

The Mint is hearing the average collector’s cry that he prefers silver coins to those made of gold. But can it really do anything about it? Certainly, it is trying. Gold is quite a bit more expensive than silver, presently … Continue reading

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Little letter ‘P’ leads to big surprise

The surprise release of 2017 Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark has caused a stir in the numismatic community. Will it be enough of one to give the whole year a boost by increasing interest in coins generally? That is … Continue reading

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Spot that first 2017 date in circulation

Have you found a 2017 coin in your change yet? Let me know as soon as you do. It is fun to be the first on the block to have a new date. It will give you bragging rights. If … Continue reading

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Heritage so huge it’s catching the Mint

Heritage is big. Just about everybody in numismatics knows that. The latest figures released by the Dallas, Texas, auction firm demonstrate its scale. Do dollar totals impress you or people totals? I have both. In 2016, the firm had sales … Continue reading

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Bullion coin sales make fast start

Bullion buyers gave the United States Mint a strong start to 2017. First day sales of the ever popular silver American Eagle totaled 3,747,500 coins on Jan. 9. This one-day total is up almost 35 percent from last year’s first … Continue reading

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Mike Ellis wants fresh start for ANA

The past and present converge again as the American Numismatic Association prepares to hold its biennial mail election in June-July. All has been quiet on the ANA’s legal front for the better part of two years thanks to the work of … Continue reading

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At our best at the FUN convention

Everybody knows that Young Numismatists hold the future of coin collecting in their hands. It was even more true at the Florida United Numismatists convention this past weekend. After the terrible shootings at the Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday, Young … Continue reading

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FUN convention makes fast start

It was busy on the bourse floor at the Florida United Numismatists convention yesterday. That is a good sign, especially when it lasts most of the day. A crowd was waiting in the lobby to get in at 10 a.m. after a … Continue reading

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Good year for auctions in prospect

Rising interest rates just might be good for the numismatic auction market. That is the point of a conversation I had with paper money auctioneer Lyn Knight yesterday. I stopped by his table as I walked around the bourse floor … Continue reading

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