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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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What to make of rarities

Does the fact that the finest known 1804 silver dollar failed to sell Tuesday night in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries-Sotheby’s auction of 63 rarities from the D. Brent Pogue Collection signal any change in condition in the numismatic market? Certainly … Continue reading

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Jump, buy, repeat

When the Mint says jump, we collectors jump. As soon as the Mint announces some coin or set is available we try to get into the door simultaneously. This is understandable when there is a high likelihood of a quick sellout. … Continue reading

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No excitement at dollar’s end

Come July the final dollar coin of the Presidential series will become available. For those collectors who have been collecting the series since it began, their nine and a half year effort will come to a close. Waiting for nearly … Continue reading

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What wins after 51 years?

Remember when the first clad quarter came into your hand? I do. It was in the autumn of 1965. My father mentioned at suppertime that he had gotten one of the new quarters that day. I stopped eating and ran … Continue reading

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Overton achiever with PCGS

Take a look at the Professional Coin Grading Service website. It proclaims the completion of a Capped Bust half dollar set by Overton numbers. It took 30 years to do it and there are 453 coins in the set. This … Continue reading

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