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Counterfeits worth watching

Selling a fake U.S. $100 bill for $20 is the deal for counterfeiters in Peru. I learned this fascinating fact when I happened upon a very interesting article on Great Britain’s Guardian newspaper website yesterday. The faker being interviewed for … Continue reading

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Silver medal effort pays off

Collector triumphs. Perhaps we do not see enough statements like that. I use it this morning because a story of success can now be written about one collector’s quest. It started last year on Aug. 18 when a reader emailed … Continue reading

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Don’t be distracted from collecting

It is often said that in the Internet Age we Americans are being overwhelmed with information. That seems true. I expect most collectors would agree with me, especially after they look in their email inbox each morning and check the … Continue reading

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What makes great art?

After writing yesterday about clad proof sets, I was delighted to see a comment left by a reader. It made me think. It offered the idea that perhaps declining interest in clad proof sets might be due to the quality of … Continue reading

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Where did the speculative impulse go?

The regular clad proof set will be offered for sale on Friday by the U.S. Mint. This used to be considered the royalty of current coins in the minds of American collectors. Of course, you have to go back quite … Continue reading

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Dollar coin even throws me a curve

I have been thinking about our current coin denominations lately. We collectors know a lot, but at least in my case, I have found that I still have more to learn. In Numismatic News last week I wrote about abolishing … Continue reading

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Gold coins priced too high or just right?

Collectors like to grouse about the U.S. Mint. But the most important thing to remember is watch what they do, not what they say. The latest illustration of this for me occurred this week. A reader emailed a response to … Continue reading

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Bully idea for parks commemoratives

One of the Washington Nationals baseball team racing presidents will be present tomorrow at the launch ceremony for the National Park Service 100th anniversary commemorative coins to be held at noon at the Lincoln Memorial. “Teddy” will be present for … Continue reading

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When banks were local

Lake Okoboji is a summer outdoor destination in northwest Iowa, but it is also a summer numismatic destination. The Higgins Museum is located there. Its focus is National Bank Notes, particularly of the state of Iowa. A seminar with five … Continue reading

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Coins and Disneyland – what fun

After three years in a row in suburban Chicago, many hobbyists are looking forward to attending an American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif., this summer. The World’s Fair of Money is slated for Aug. 9-13 at a convention center … Continue reading

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