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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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Where are the silver American Eagle buyers this year? I have asked this question before, but now with the closing weeks of 2016 upon us, it is quite obvious that there is no way last year’s 47 million sales number … Continue reading
Did Andrew Jackson win the 2016 Presidential election? With Donald Trump winning the White House Nov. 8 and naming his own Secretary of the Treasury early next year, the decision to replace Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve Note could … Continue reading
As far as the U.S. Mint is concerned, the holiday shopping season began yesterday. At least that is what I infer from my receipt of its Holiday Gift Guide in my email. As far as timing is concerned, the Mint … Continue reading
Gold was down almost $20 when I checked the Kitco website this morning. Silver was down 21 cents. Both amounts fall within the normal band of daily fluctuations. When they are, none of us thinks too much about them. Rather, thought … Continue reading
Dateless Buffalo nickels was the topic of a front page story on the cover of the Numismatic News that I deadlined last week. A reader has restored dates to thousands of them, finding the doubled-die 1916 as well as the 1918/7-D … Continue reading
The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Amazing It is the first time in 108 years. I am happy for them. I am not a baseball writer, but the Cubs win does have a connection to my interest in coin … Continue reading
How often have you read that the paper dollar has lost over 98 percent of its value since 1913? I know I have seen it many times. Let’s look forward. 1913 is 103 years ago. Let’s go forward 108 years … Continue reading
Rip-roaring gold demand made October the best sales month for one-ounce gold American Eagles since July 2015. A total of 100,500 of these investment bullion coins were sold by the United States Mint, according to its website. The running sales total … Continue reading
Coin collecting as part of mass American culture is not what it used to be. My generation remembers the old “Hawaii 5-O” episode from 1973 involving a 1913 Liberty Head nickel. Coins are rarely portrayed as being that desirable. Nowadays … Continue reading