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Twain silver mystery

The Mint is delaying the release of the Mark Twain silver dollar commemoratives that were supposed to go on sale with the gold $5 on Jan. 14. Collectors have been commenting about this online in the last few days. The … Continue reading

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Gold still the story

First day bullion coin sales at the U.S. Mint once again point to strong demand for gold. Already in 2016, the Mint has sold 60,000 ounces of the precious metal in the form of American Eagles, or 74 percent of … Continue reading

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FUN start to 2016

With football playoffs dominating the sports news, perhaps it is appropriate to use a football metaphor to describe business at the Florida United Numismatists convention. Dealers were focused on the numismatic ground game. Those with knowledge and stamina were grinding … Continue reading

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Ambassador Awards given at FUN

The first class of Ambassador Awards given under the auspices of the Florida United Numismatists occurred this morning. I was honored to be a part of the Ambassador breakfast ceremony. My presence more than anything was to publicly pass the … Continue reading

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All eyes on FUN?

I am at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Tampa. I arrived yesterday afternoon. Usually, this is the best place to be early in the New Year as market trends unfold in the bourse room and in the auction. However, … Continue reading

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Send nominations to ANA

It’s time to go to the Florida United Numismatists convention. Wish me luck getting there. I have had more than my share of difficulties relating to this event. Such are winter travails. Travel days make me feel cut off, but … Continue reading

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Wild about the “S”

I had an email from a Numismatic News reader telling me that he had found an “S” mint Denali quarter of 2012 in circulation. The writer was not explicit, but I assume this not the proof, that it is indeed … Continue reading

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2015 was year of gold

Before anyone wants to declare the year just past as the year of the U.S. gold bullion coin buyer, it might pay to look a little deeper into some statistics assembled by the U.S. Mint on the final day of … Continue reading

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New year, old cent arguments

Out with the old, in with the new? That is the usual sentiment on New Year’s Eve. Does it apply to the U.S. cent? Former Mint Director Philip Diehl says  the old cent should be abolished in an interview posted … Continue reading

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Anything strike your fancy?

Are the mintages of some of this year’s commemoratives low enough to entice some late buying from collectors? The possibility occurred to me this morning, so I checked the Mint’s website to see what I could find. I see the … Continue reading

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