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No one can top NGC’s latest news

A stunning gold coin find has been made by a lucky New England man. A fourth 1854-S $5 gold piece has been authenticated as genuine by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. This raises the number known to exist from three to four. … Continue reading

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What secrets will be revealed in May?

If you had the opportunity to learn the inside story of one of the great numismatic mysteries, what would it be? The 1913 Liberty Head nickel? Perhaps the 1884 and 1885 proof Trade dollars? How about the 1933 $20 gold … Continue reading

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Perhaps clad half dollars do get respect

Quick email advice can be helpful or it can be misleading. Which is it in this case? This morning, after a snowstorm, I was catching up on three days’ worth of email. This was in my inbox: “OK. I need … Continue reading

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Era ends with walk down memory lane

I got up at 3 o’clock this morning. I had trouble sleeping. That’s no surprise. Today, we close the Numismatic News office in Iola, Wis. We open our new office in Stevens Point on Monday. For readers, it is supposed … Continue reading

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Time to copy a British coin idea?

American coin collectors have offered many creative suggestions to the U.S. Mint to generate new interest. I recall several readers have suggested over the years that the Mint deliberately strike a rarity and put it into circulation for someone to … Continue reading

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Can something positive come from this?

Is it time for a little reverse psychology in numismatics? Instead of inviting people in, should we try to keep them out and thereby induce an “I’ll show you who can be a coin collector” reaction? Recent experience and an … Continue reading

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Role model could give coins a boost

Do coin collectors need role models to become permanently committed to the hobby? Sometimes I think yes. Other times I think no. It is the yes answer that wins my mind today. I am sorry to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leave … Continue reading

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Confederate rarities to go on display

The ultimate circulation find, an 1861 Confederate half dollar found in a roll of change around 1880, will be displayed at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 14-18 in Philadelphia. It is insured for $1 million. It … Continue reading

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In long horse race, gold trounces silver

A commonly used statistic is that the U.S. dollar has lost over 98 percent of its value since 1913. This is measured against gold. In 1913, the dollar was backed by gold. In 2018, it is not. The precise depreciation … Continue reading

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We can all be apostles of coin collecting

Wisconsin gets its time in the spotlight April 11. That date is when there will be a ceremonial launch of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter. It has been 14 years since we had our turn during the state quarter … Continue reading

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