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Thanks for advance notice

I am going to the Nicolet Coin Club banquet tonight in Green Bay, Wis. With the drive over, I will have to leave at 4:30 p.m. in order to arrive on time. Coin club banquets might seem to be old-fashioned … Continue reading

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Spend your money at Central States show

Tax deadline is April 15, just two days from now. This date used to be my prompt to write about a temporary slowdown in the coin business as dealers and collectors get their financial ducks in a row to make whatever … Continue reading

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Time to ponder gold?

Gold seems to like the price of $1,200 an ounce. The precious metal crossed that line yet again this morning according to the Kitco website. How many times has it done so in recent months? I haven’t been counting. Have you? … Continue reading

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Peter Pan at the Mint?

Typos are wondrous things. No matter how hard I work, the sneaky things always manage to appear just when I think I have the problem licked. As an editor, I have dealt with typos for 37 years. My readers let … Continue reading

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Four vie to replace Jackson on $20

Like college basketball, we have reached the final four candidates to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve Note. Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Wilma Mankiller are the choices in the ultimate round of voting. In a campaign sponsored … Continue reading

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Little Ike joins collector coins

For 44 years I have been able to write about the Ike dollar. Nearly everybody knows about the large clad cartwheel that was introduced in 1971, almost two years after the death of the former Supreme Allied Commander and President … Continue reading

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More than coins at CICF

Go to the Chicago International Coin Fair this week. Buy the coins on your want list. Have a conversation with a science fiction book author. What? Let me explain. While collectors and dealers are busy looking for the coins and … Continue reading

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Virginia adopts bullion tax exemption

Purchases of gold, silver or platinum bullion in amounts over $1,000 will be exempted from Virginia state sales and use taxes under terms of a new law signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Effective date will be sometime on or after … Continue reading

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Come to coin show in Iola

Iola, Wis., is a small town of 1,300 people located off the beaten path in the central part of the state. I am here because it is home to Krause Publications, publisher of Numismatic News and this website. Usually I … Continue reading

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Don’t let bullion make you feel stupid

The bullion markets have a way of making you feel stupid. You can be absolutely convinced the market will go up and it instead goes down. You can be absolutely sure it will go down and it goes up. It … Continue reading

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