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Great time at ANA show

I enjoyed the American Numismatic Association convention held last week. I always am keenly interested in the main ANA event of the year. A real treat was when I listened to Q. David Bowers’ talk on the ANA’s 125th anniversary … Continue reading

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Congratulations 327 times

If I wrote “congratulations” 327 times, it would devalue the meaning of the word. Yet last night the presenters at the Numismatic Literary Guild Bash said they were giving out that number of awards. How the plaques do multiply. One … Continue reading

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Make or break day

Thursday has arrived at the Anaheim, Calif., American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. How the convention is perceived  will be due to events that occur today and how well or poorly  they fit with what has happened so far. Yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Good, bad or just right number?

The Mint has set a mintage ceiling of 100,000 for the gold Standing Liberty quarter Centennial coin that will go on sale Sept. 8. I asked for reactions to this news while I was on the floor of the American … Continue reading

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Made it by skin of my teeth

The Professional Numismatists Guild President Dana Samuelson gave the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Adkins last night. The Minnesota dealer and American Numismatic Association vice president was lauded for a 50-year career. It was a touching moment, especially when … Continue reading

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What’s in your wallet?

The 30th anniversary proof silver American Eagle will be offered for sale by the Mint Sept. 16. Ordinarily, the proof silver Eagle offer is a big deal, a collector favorite. This year’s added appeal is the coin will have edge … Continue reading

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California is the place I oughtta be

This is my last day in the office as I prepare to go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. As you might expect, I expect the day to get hectic as I need to … Continue reading

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Second chance for gold and platinum?

Second chances occur from time to time in life. The same is true for sold-out U.S. Mint coin offers in recent years. At the end of 2014 I was able to buy one of the cupped Baseball Hall of Fame … Continue reading

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Government wins 1933 gold $20s

The government has won again. It will not have to return 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces to the Langbord family, which had asked the Mint to authenticate them after they were located in a safe deposit box of material … Continue reading

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Put me in charge of Mint mintages?

What should the mintage number be for the quarter-ounce gold Standing Liberty Centennial quarter that will be released Sept. 8? It is the second of three gold coins the Mint is issuing this year to mark the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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