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Time for Baltimore show

Baltimore is the place to be today through this weekend as the Whitman show brings the nation’s numismatic heavy hitters together at the convention center to do business. What am I doing in Iola besides digging out from yet more … Continue reading

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Order limits on baseball coins

At the 11th hour the Mint has decided to place order limits on tomorrow’s debut of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives. Telephone response levels to a mailed brochure prompted this. The sale and marketing department expected to receive … Continue reading

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Morgan silver dollar saves the day?

Whether we like it or not, we have all been changed by the 21st century bull market in gold and silver. Next month will mark the third anniversary of the top of the silver market, which occurred at the end … Continue reading

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Mint waiting and ready

The Mint is preparing for an order stampede on Thursday when sales begin at noon Eastern Daylight Time for the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives. Being prepared is a good thing; just ask any Boy Scout. How has it … Continue reading

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Clad still bad in buyers’ minds?

The Baseball Hall of Fame cupped coins go on sale on Thursday. I received a reminder of this in my personal mail on Saturday. The Mint has sent out a mailing to collectors on its list. It has a nice … Continue reading

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Clad proof set reality

Even though I know a bottle of soda pop is no longer 10 cents, or a proof set $5, I sometimes react negatively to current prices even when I have no real grounds to do so. Next Tuesday, the U.S. … Continue reading

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Smarter gold buyers?

Tight money and rising interest rates cut gold’s price by nearly half from the January 1980 peak to March of that year. Yesterday’s Federal Reserve policy announcements, which led to rising interest rates, did a number on gold, but so … Continue reading

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Aluminum cent’s fate in doubt

Perhaps the aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent will not be sold at the Central States auction at the end of April. The Mint wants it back. A letter was sent Feb. 26 to owners  Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell demanding its … Continue reading

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National motto theme of art contest

Almost every collector knows that the first coin to use the “In God We Trust” national motto was the two-cent piece first struck in 1864. Probably fewer collectors know the story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s removal of the motto from … Continue reading

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Decimals make a difference

Every kid in school has to learn about decimals in math and how to keep track of like values. Such a little thing as the location of a decimal point has a big impact. I am reminded of this because … Continue reading

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