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Battle of the 20s

The mystery of declining demand for U.S. Mint silver American Eagle coins continues. At near the midpoint of the month, July 13, Authorized Purchasers have taken 545,000 of these bullion coins from the U.S. Mint. That seems astonishingly low for … Continue reading

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Buffalo nickel makes my day

An Ohio reader has reported receiving a 1934 Buffalo nickel in change after he purchased a soda. My mind immediately began walking down two pathways simultaneously. My first thought was perhaps some club, dealer or collector put the coin into … Continue reading

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Silver proof sets stay strong

Let’s revisit a topic I raised June 9 about the rising popularity of silver proof sets relative to the standard clad proof set. I noted that more silver proof sets were being sold as a percentage relative to clad proof … Continue reading

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Endings can be sweet

Endings can be welcomed, accepted as milestones, or simply lamented. The end of the car show in Iola, Wis., this past weekend is always welcomed by those of us who volunteer to staff it. It is an exciting event. It … Continue reading

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Time for new grading system?

A new coin grading system will be the topic of Indian cent specialist Rick Snow’s presentation at 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at the American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif. Snow, proprietor of Eagle Eye Rare Coins, Tucson, Ariz., states … Continue reading

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Cars or coins, it’s all collecting

Iola, Wis., is swarming with old car collectors this morning as the annual car show gets under way. Over 100,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the show over three days. I ogled some vehicles that were common in … Continue reading

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Collect bullion coins? Absolutely

Bullion coins were invented to be a convenient way to trade a known quantity of precious metal without the bother of assaying them every time they changed hands. That’s the theory. Obviously, there are other reasons to buy bullion coins. … Continue reading

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Platinum sellout a puzzler

Sellout. The proof platinum American Eagle that went on sale June 30 was already showing it was unavailable the next day on the Mint website. Do the current frisky markets for precious metals generally have anything to do with it? … Continue reading

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Final good-bye to Chet

Today is the funeral for Chet Krause in Iola, Wis. It will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Iola-Scandinavia High School, which is the largest venue in this town of 1,300. I expect many people will be … Continue reading

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Keep paper money in spotlight

The author Oscar Wilde liked clever turns of phrase. He said the only thing worse than being talked about was not being talked about. Such was the thinking of a 19th century celebrity that would probably fit the thinking of … Continue reading

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