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When coins are like ice

Reading economic news these days is like walking on ice in Wisconsin in January. You wonder if at any moment you will find yourself on your backside. Usually, though, the winter worry is worse than the actual condition of the … Continue reading

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Silver proofs gain ground

When will silver proof sets outsell clad proof sets? Since the silver proofs debuted in 1992, clad sets have continued to dominate proof set sales, but the margin is getting narrower as more and more collectors seem to either be abandoning … Continue reading

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Are you a buyer at $35,000?

Security at the U.S. Mint coining facilities is tight. Every so often we see an example that demonstrates it is not tight enough. A Proof-65 1970-S quarter has been posted as a Buy It Now item on eBay for $35,000. … Continue reading

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Worth a trip to Long Beach

A portion of a hoard of French coins intended for use in North America over 300 years ago will be displayed at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo June 9-11. Displaying the coins will be Mid-American … Continue reading

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In the bag for collectors

If you have never ordered a bag of new quarters from the U.S. Mint, you should try it at least once. There is something about getting a quantity of new coins from the Mint that has always appealed to me. … Continue reading

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Gold boost welcome end to week

The roller-coaster ride continues for gold. My morning check of the Kitco website showed the metal vaulting $28.80 to $1,239.20 an ounce. In the month of May, gold declined from nearly $1,300 to barely above $1,200 in expectation that the … Continue reading

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Memphis the place to be

The International Paper Money Show is in Memphis this weekend. My colleague, Bob Van Ryzin, who edits Bank Note Reporter, is on his way there as I write this. I am sure it will be a great event. It always … Continue reading

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Are you a pioneer?

Some collectors are pioneers. They head off in directions where the mainstream does not follow. Where most of us buy the book, buy the album and then fill it up, others don’t want to be bound by convention. Good for … Continue reading

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History and trading two different things

I happened to check bullion prices yesterday afternoon. It was a holiday in the United States, but not elsewhere in the world. Gold and silver were dropping to very near the nice round numbers of $1,200 and $16 when I … Continue reading

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Hawaii in my daydreams

I had an email from the Hawaii State Numismatic Association to provide me with the details of their upcoming 53rd coin show. It has been a daydream of mine to go to a coin show in Hawaii ever since the … Continue reading

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