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Abolish cash? Keep dreamin’

It seems to be fashionable now to forecast that cash will soon be abolished. Really? With another major hack attack and data breach that hit the federal government just announced yesterday, do you really think electronic payments are secure enough … Continue reading

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More than one reason to buy silver

My blog on Tuesday about the decline in silver American Eagle sales elicited comments on Facebook that I found interesting. Everybody has many reasons for buying silver Eagles or not buying them as the case may be. There were a … Continue reading

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Is more less or less more?

Coin collectors are well known complainers about the U.S. Mint. Some complaints are justified. Some are not. When I returned from the Texas Numismatic Association convention to the office on Monday, waiting for me was a pile of mail. In … Continue reading

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Silver’s future the question

At the end of 2015 will I be writing a story declaring that sales of silver American Eagle bullion coins have declined 30 percent from the record 2014 level? It is a distinct possibility. Sales are falling dramatically. In May, … Continue reading

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Texas a great place to talk coins

I have just returned from the Texas Numismatic Association Convention in Arlington, which is just outside of Dallas. The event was held this past weekend. With the friendly and hearty welcomes I received from so many attendees, it was a … Continue reading

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Try a coin mini-vacation

A recent Time magazine cover story lamented the demise of the American vacation. It pointed out that Americans were leaving over $52 billion worth of vacation time unused and therefore making a gift of that amount to their employers. I … Continue reading

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Bye, bye silver, or buy, buy silver?

Silver advocates might still be forecasting the price of the metal will head for the moon, but down-to-earth silver buyers are acting as if this outcome is not in prospect. The Mint will end its rationing program called allocation for … Continue reading

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Collecting errors a mistake?

When you read stories about wonderful circulation finds that turn out to be valuable, they are almost always about error coins. My recent blog about the finds of doubled-die Homestead quarters is a case in point. Searches by collectors for … Continue reading

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Don’t you dare colorize euros

Colorized U.S. coins have been sold in the American coin collecting hobby for years. Some are mass produced, such as gold-plated state quarters. Some are hand-colored artwork on classic designs such as the Buffalo nickel. When these pieces are found … Continue reading

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Save us from zombies

There might be fewer money zombies walking among us in future thanks to the current national discussion of who should be on the $20 bill. However you might feel as a collector about the issue of replacing President Andrew Jackson … Continue reading

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