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- Letters to the Editor (May 16, 2017) No luck cashing Travelers Cheques on vacation Karl Malden actually admonished people not to leave home without American Express Travelers Cheques. A few years ago, I took a few leftover Travelers Cheques on vacation with me and could not get anyone to cash them. A few hotel clerks did not even know what they were. I ...
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A coin design competition begins May 1 to find a design for the four 2019 Apollo 11 anniversary commemorative coins. I say design because it is literally a search for one design to be used on the obverses of all … Continue reading
Roger W. Burdette has written a new book. The intrepid researcher has titled it, United States Proof Coins 1936-1942. What a rich vein of information he has mined. When I was a kid ordering my first proof sets from the … Continue reading
It is time for the U.S. Mint to create a new sales policy. Any offer of anything it makes during the first week of availability should be limited to one to a customer. That’s it. It should be automatic. There … Continue reading
Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that … Continue reading
Sweden might be leading a march to a cashless society, but the United States doesn’t seem inclined to follow. I noticed a story on CNBC this morning about the use of credit cards. Check it out. It is interesting. The … Continue reading
The Holy Grail of Lincoln cent collectors was to find a 1909-S VDB in change. The circulation finds generation had the 484,000 mintage memorized. But what if the 484,000 1909-S VDB coins did not have the “S” mintmark on them? … Continue reading
Got a spare $1,640? The Mint hopes so. It has a goal of extracting $164 million from the collector coin field. Can it do so? We will find out starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time today when the American Liberty … Continue reading
Financial news yesterday said the Trump Administration was considering a value added tax as part of its tax reform. That should scare all coin collectors. While a news story about consideration is a long way off from actual adoption, it … Continue reading
Coin collecting has often been characterized as some sort of slow paced activity that cannot compete in the minds of young people with computer games. Perhaps the recent rapid changes of ownership of the 1804 silver dollar will go some … Continue reading