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- Letters to the Editor (August 2, 2016) Marks’ statement on Liberty medal not official The front page story, “Silver medal marks Liberty’s return” (Numismatic News, July 12) reports that I “announced details of the 2016 American Liberty silver proof medal June 15.” That statement came as quite a surprise to me. Although I had the past honor to serve as the chairman of ...
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Release date of the Walking Liberty Centennial gold half dollar has been set for Nov. 17 by the U.S. Mint. Many collectors have been eagerly awaiting it. Will some of these special coins find their way under Christmas trees during … Continue reading
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is conducting a series of legendary coin sales with its D. Brent Pogue Collection Auctions. It is no stranger to legendary collections. A predecessor firm conducted the Garrett Collection sales in 1979-1981. Now the firm plans to … Continue reading
Gold has dropped to $1,256 this morning. Sudden market weakness has taken the precious metal down by over $50 in recent days. Unless an equally sharp bounce occurs, the Mint will have to reprice its gold issues. Of primary interest … Continue reading
I found a doughnut at my desk this morning. I wondered what the occasion was. To put it in my own words, it is “need a doughnut Wednesday.” Never heard of it? Neither have I, but that isn’t the point. … Continue reading
Whether or not the half dollar is abolished in the near future, it is fair to ask if there is any economic benefit to having the coin. Since the early 2000s, the half dollar has been struck by the Mint … Continue reading
The National Park Foundation wants coin collectors to buy more commemorative coins. As the end of the year approaches, time is running out for the purchase of the 2016 gold, silver and copper-nickel coins celebrating the 100th anniversary of the … Continue reading
At the end of my Tuesday blog I offered an opinion of how I thought sales of the 2016-W 30th anniversary silver American Eagle proof coin would go. Come Wednesday the Mint updated its sales figures. They showed I could … Continue reading
I had an email from someone who found the Numismatic News website, but does not appear to be a coin collector. The individual has read some doomsday reports about the U.S. dollar and wants me to comment. It is too … Continue reading
Good ideas should be copied. The most interesting one I have seen recently is a promotional effort by the Hawaii State Numismatic Association. It is based on an old idea of spending rare coins into circulation in hopes someone will … Continue reading
Are coin collectors slowly abandoning coins not made of precious metals? I believe they are. I have more evidence. Take a look at some numbers from the weekly Numismatic News “Mint Statistics” pages. For 2015 five-quarter America the Beautiful clad proof sets, … Continue reading