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As good as any gold story can get

Sale of the 1,427 Saddle Ridge Treasure gold coins will occur in May, Don Kagin of Kagin’s, Inc., told me March 4 for Numismatic News Express. A specific date will not be known until some time in April. “By April we … Continue reading

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Platinum bullion Eagle returns

Who will be a buying when platinum American Eagle bullion coins return on March 10? The U.S. Mint says it is striking them again at the request of the public. “We listened to our customers and are pleased to once … Continue reading

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How do you feel about gold Kennedys?

A longtime reader of Numismatic News sent me an email yesterday to tell me he disagreed with the Class of ’63 column I wrote in the March 4 issue. I am glad he wrote to me. Collectors have many similarities  … Continue reading

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I can’t stand no email

We are all living in a brave new world of online communication and business yet our habits often have not kept up with its many changes. I am dead in the water on days when my email does not work, … Continue reading

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See three numismatic greats

One of the great benefits of being the editor of a newspaper that serves the numismatic hobby is all of the people I have been able to meet and interact with over the years. There is a great deal in … Continue reading

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Not even two bits left

Since none of us was around in Asia Minor 2,600 years ago to witness the invention of coinage, or in Sweden in the 17th century to see the modern birth of central banking, we collectors can be forgiven if we … Continue reading

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Gold treasure offers warning

The treasure trove of gold coins discovered in eight canisters in California has the world buzzing – as it should. But the present good fortune of the finders and the excitement among the general public could be built on prior … Continue reading

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Mint marketing: good or bad?

News last week that the U.S. Mint is offering a free tote bag to customers who spend over $75 on its products has elicited some rude comments online. The best of these has roots in all collectors’ worries about security. … Continue reading

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All hands on coins

I call this my numismatic vandalism endorsement. Over the years I have noticed that too many collectors have entered the hobby with such a deep respect for packaging that they have rarely, or never, actually held many coins in their … Continue reading

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Believe what you see?

I had a telephone voicemail message this morning. Naturally, the caller had a question. I immediately thought of a movie comedy where a slick con man is caught in the act and he asks the discoverer, “Who are you going … Continue reading

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