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More than coins at CICF

Go to the Chicago International Coin Fair this week. Buy the coins on your want list. Have a conversation with a science fiction book author. What? Let me explain. While collectors and dealers are busy looking for the coins and … Continue reading

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Virginia adopts bullion tax exemption

Purchases of gold, silver or platinum bullion in amounts over $1,000 will be exempted from Virginia state sales and use taxes under terms of a new law signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Effective date will be sometime on or after … Continue reading

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Come to coin show in Iola

Iola, Wis., is a small town of 1,300 people located off the beaten path in the central part of the state. I am here because it is home to Krause Publications, publisher of Numismatic News and this website. Usually I … Continue reading

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Don’t let bullion make you feel stupid

The bullion markets have a way of making you feel stupid. You can be absolutely convinced the market will go up and it instead goes down. You can be absolutely sure it will go down and it goes up. It … Continue reading

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Any more ANA candidates?

Today is deadline day for candidates filing to run in this year’s American Numismatic Association election. Unless there is a surprise during the day, it appears that ANA presidential candidate Jeff Garrett is running unopposed. Current board member Gary Adkins is running … Continue reading

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New term born?

How do you make a point? It is said that something needs to be repeated three times before an individual will comprehend it and then remember it. That is a good rule of thumb to follow. It also pays to … Continue reading

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Fakes threaten U.S. Mint?

Fakes have bedeviled coin collectors since our very beginnings. In fact fake ancient coin production in Renaissance Italy might have aided in the improvement of civilization as reigning princes vied with each other to obtain them and to live up … Continue reading

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Vote for new $20 portrait

Want to remove a dead president from American paper money? Here is your chance to take a step toward that goal. An online campaign has been launched to put a woman on the $20 Federal Reserve Note by 2020 to … Continue reading

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Dollar coin idea yet again

Being a Washington lobbyist in favor of striking $1 coins and abolishing the $1 bill must be a job for life. The idea always fails, but it is try, try again. Putting a workable dollar coin in circulation has been … Continue reading

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Get ready for National Coin Week

National Coin Week is coming. It will run April 19-25. The theme selected for it by the American Numismatic Association is “Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World’s Fairs.” This year is the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition that was … Continue reading

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