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Cash or credit, the debate goes on

How long will cash stick around? This has become a perennial question in numismatics. It might even take on political overtones if the $20 bill is abolished before Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew can make good on his promise … Continue reading

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Treasure the coins, but treasure people more

I checked the Kitco website for the prices of gold and silver this morning as I usually do. Gold was $1,238.60 a troy ounce. Silver was $17.05. The dominant rhythm of numismatic life these days is set by the fluctuations … Continue reading

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Nostalgia goes for the gold

Were collectors who rapidly pushed yesterday’s Mint offer of a gold Mercury dime to a sellout making a purchase based on nostalgia or intelligence? Setting aside for a moment the possibility that the answer to the question could be both, … Continue reading

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Hamilton has last laugh

After a week of leaks from his own federal agency, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly announced yesterday the reversal of his 2015 decision to push Alexander Hamilton off the $10 Federal Reserve Note. Instead, President Andrew Jackson will get the … Continue reading

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Now I have met one

Up until the Chicago International Coin Fair this past weekend, I had never met any hobbyist who said he was collecting a complete set of First Spouse gold coins. When all is said and done, there will be 40 uncirculated pieces … Continue reading

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Line up your cash for gold Mercury

The gold bullion market is not doing potential buyers of the 2016 Mercury dime Centennial gold coin any favors this week. When the coin goes on sale at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, the price might be an unpleasant surprise. … Continue reading

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Markets move for some collectors

Most active collectors in the United States focus on the issues of the U.S. Mint. They comprise a very large group of people and the commercial aspect of this part of numismatics is the very definition of a mass market. … Continue reading

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Start a world coin collection in Rosemont

Today is my day to arrive at the Chicago International Coin Fair. Will I see you there? It is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. The … Continue reading

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Don’t buy just before tax deadline

Don’t buy proof American Eagles on the secondary market just before federal income taxes are due. This year the deadline is April 18. Many individuals wait until just before filing to fund their Individual Retirement Accounts. Those that choose to … Continue reading

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Get busy, coin artists

The April 28 deadline is approaching fast for artists who would like to enter the competition to choose designs for the World War I American Veterans Centennial commemorative silver dollar. At stake is a $10,000 prize. The first phase of … Continue reading

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