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That’s a lot of silver Eagles

With the end of rationing of the silver American Eagle bullion coins as of June 2, I wondered what kind of demand it would take for the Mint to once again be overwhelmed, requiring the return of rationing. It has … Continue reading

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Don’t say it in polite company

To say “Herbert Hoover” out loud was not exactly swearing when I was growing up, but events of his presidency 1929-1933 scarred so many people that I learned early on not to mention his name at all unless I wanted … Continue reading

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Still waiting for delivery

Buyers of Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint are getting antsy again. Delivery of the popular gold, silver and clad cupped-shaped coins was not fast enough for individuals who wanted early release designations from major grading … Continue reading

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Save money where you can

When I joined the staff of Numismatic News in 1978, the coin business was on the verge of experiencing a great boom that was dubbed “The Party” by its participants. The few world mints that were active at the time … Continue reading

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1804 silver dollar stuff of dreams

An 1804 silver dollar will go up for auction during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 8 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will put the coin on the block during its Rarities … Continue reading

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Will silver buyers want Eagles?

For a long time silver investment advisors have pointed to a disconnect between what they call a too-low commodity market price of the precious metal and the seemingly insatiable investor demand for silver American Eagles and other world bullion coins. … Continue reading

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Vendors of luxury goods

As someone who works in what is now called a legacy industry, that is, the newspaper business, I found it more than a little amusing to think that those of us who still are associated with the printed page might … Continue reading

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All the time in the world

My mother brought to my attention a small plastic food container that had some odds and ends in it. My father had put coins and notes in it that he apparently wanted to ask me about later, but somehow he … Continue reading

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What if gold were to drop to $1,000?

Am I serious? Do I believe it? I bring up the possibility of the drop in gold’s price because I happened to see a story a week or so ago about a famous commodity investor who thinks gold would be … Continue reading

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Put another nickel in?

Hoarding cents was my topic yesterday and that put me in mind to write about hoarding nickels. There are still some collectors out there who are looking to profit from their nickel holdings when it becomes legal to melt them … Continue reading

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