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Lifetime interest a golden years benefit

The beauty of coin collecting is it can be embraced equally by people who are 8 or 80 years old. Many collectors hold onto their interest throughout their lives, even if their budgets do not allow expenditures on coins during … Continue reading

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Who is buying the proof gold Eagles?

Are coins a luxury good, or are they for everyone? That’s a question that has been asked repeatedly in the half century I have been a collector. Collectors putting Lincoln cents in their Whitman albums have been shoulder to shoulder … Continue reading

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How about another ANA good idea?

The American Numismatic Association should be congratulated for its latest good idea. It has created a jobs board on its www.money.org website. The numismatic field is highly specialized. A place to go to when a firm needs to hire, or … Continue reading

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Don’t let silver slip through your fingers

I had a circulation finds moment in the middle of last week. They don’t happen often enough as far as I’m concerned. Something involving silver happens even less frequently. I received a 1964-D silver Roosevelt dime in my change after … Continue reading

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Don’t pay too much for proof Eagles

There is a seasonal pattern to pricing for proof gold and silver American Eagle coins. Collectors should be aware of it and avoid paying higher prices not related to the prices of gold and silver. What causes this is the … Continue reading

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Local coin shows thrive in age of Internet

For 20 years we have been speculating about the future of coin shows. The Internet has diminished the need for face-to-face transactions. Such transactions are the backbone of shows. If you don’t need to go to a show, the shows … Continue reading

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Make a success out of your problems

I received an intriguing email the other day from Whitman Publishing. This firm’s main product is the Red Book, something I first bought many years ago with the 1965 edition. But what is being asked for by the email sounds … Continue reading

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Time to sound gold and silver bullion alarm?

American gold and silver buyers seem to have gone on strike in the month of February. Mint sales of the usually popular gold and silver American Eagle coins are plunging. Short of a miracle today, the sales declines in both … Continue reading

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New cost explosion coming for cent?

The cost of making U.S. cents rose by almost five percent according to the United States Mint’s latest annual report. But worse seems yet to come. For the last 11 years it has cost more to make a cent than … Continue reading

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Steel question a surprisingly common one

A recent email contains a version of a question that I have been receiving for my entire career. The writer said, “Just before I moved to Florida, I sold most of my coins, but before I did I was looking … Continue reading

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