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Mint waiting and ready

The Mint is preparing for an order stampede on Thursday when sales begin at noon Eastern Daylight Time for the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives. Being prepared is a good thing; just ask any Boy Scout. How has it … Continue reading

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Clad still bad in buyers’ minds?

The Baseball Hall of Fame cupped coins go on sale on Thursday. I received a reminder of this in my personal mail on Saturday. The Mint has sent out a mailing to collectors on its list. It has a nice … Continue reading

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Clad proof set reality

Even though I know a bottle of soda pop is no longer 10 cents, or a proof set $5, I sometimes react negatively to current prices even when I have no real grounds to do so. Next Tuesday, the U.S. … Continue reading

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Smarter gold buyers?

Tight money and rising interest rates cut gold’s price by nearly half from the January 1980 peak to March of that year. Yesterday’s Federal Reserve policy announcements, which led to rising interest rates, did a number on gold, but so … Continue reading

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Aluminum cent’s fate in doubt

Perhaps the aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent will not be sold at the Central States auction at the end of April. The Mint wants it back. A letter was sent Feb. 26 to owners  Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell demanding its … Continue reading

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National motto theme of art contest

Almost every collector knows that the first coin to use the “In God We Trust” national motto was the two-cent piece first struck in 1864. Probably fewer collectors know the story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s removal of the motto from … Continue reading

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Decimals make a difference

Every kid in school has to learn about decimals in math and how to keep track of like values. Such a little thing as the location of a decimal point has a big impact. I am reminded of this because … Continue reading

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Nickel primes the charity’s pump

Earlier this year I asked readers to report their first findings of 2014-dated coinage. It is an annual tradition with collectors to report when new coins are spotted in change. As usual, the first coin to appear was a cent … Continue reading

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What’s gold trying to tell us?

Gold has been ratcheting higher this year. Yesterday it was $1,367 a troy ounce. It is doing this despite the fact that demand for gold American Eagles is not robust. In the opening days of March, demand for the one-ounce … Continue reading

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Platinum gets its second chance

The one-ounce platinum American Eagle bullion coin returned to the U.S. Mint’s lineup on Monday. The initial sales number stands at 8,700. If that number turns into a weekly sales rate, that would be huge. In 2008, the last year … Continue reading

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