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Singapore summit celebrated with new medals

The administration of President Donald Trump is becoming an amazingly numismatic one. It began by ignoring the issuance of traditional inaugural medals that would have been sold to the public in bronze, silver and gold. However, events have been making … Continue reading

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Kagin’s Auctions says yes to Bitcoin

Meeting payment terms is as old as numismatic auctions. What’s new this morning is Kagin’s Auctions has announced that it will accept payment in Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency. There will be a one-percent processing charge levied by Kagin’s to accomplish the … Continue reading

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Two forces are with coin collectors

There is a key dynamic tension at work in numismatics. Two opposing forces tug a coin collector one way or the other. What could these possibly be? The first force is a collector evaluation of some coin series as being … Continue reading

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My nostalgia ‘trip’ put me on my face

I had a rare inquiry in my morning email. The writer had a question about $2 bills. My first thought was to try to determine whether the email came from a collector or noncollector. This determination affects the way I … Continue reading

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How much do coin collectors care about medal?

A Nobel Prize gold medal in economic sciences was sold for $187,500 May 31 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. It was awarded in 2005 to Thomas C. Schelling. Is this news something of interest to coin collectors? … Continue reading

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When numismatics and bullion merged

When I turned the page on my calendar, I realized that we were coming up on the 50th anniversary of the end of U.S. Silver Certificate redemption in bullion. As of June 24, 1968, the $1, $5 and $10 Silver … Continue reading

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Cent’s future stretches as far as eye can see

How many more years will we continue to use the cent? People who want it abolished say it has virtually no purchasing power and the government loses money on each one struck. People who want to keep it say without … Continue reading

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Silver Eagles repeat Morgan dollar history

Are there too many silver American Eagle bullion coins? If that seems like an idiotic question, bear with me for a few minutes. Collectors my age and older remember the millions of old silver dollars backed up in Treasury vaults. … Continue reading

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Home run medal idea or pop out?

When I was a kid back in the 1960s, I collected coins. I also collected baseball cards. I remember heading off to a local retailer in the summertime we kids called the little store, as opposed to the supermarket some … Continue reading

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Who wants to be next Heidi Wastweet?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not the only member of the 11-person Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to depart this year. His sports star power helped draw attention to the advisory body. Heidi Wastweet will soon leave at the expiration of her four-year … Continue reading

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