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Palladium record shows it’s not like gold

Will you buy the new palladium bullion coin when it is released by the United States Mint? It is coming this month, though the exact date is still a mystery. Palladium is $945 an ounce. It is cheaper than gold, … Continue reading

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World turns, so do spinning coin holders

Can a quarter holder that looks like a large snowflake attract youngsters? That is the hope of a Phoenix, Ariz., inventor named Elia Martinez. Each snowflake has room for five quarters. There is a hole in the center, allowing each one to … Continue reading

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Bottom hit for enhanced set sales?

The sales plunge has stopped for the United States Mint’s 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. A two-week swoon of 16 percent of all sets was reversed in the week ending Sept. 3. Sales figures rose by 2,512 sets, according … Continue reading

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Can numismatics ignore the kids?

Can numismatics survive without kids? The short answer is yes. The long answer is it’s complicated. Historically, there have been two portals to entry to numismatics. Youth is one of them. I entered numismatics when I was eight years old. … Continue reading

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Tubman future on $20 in doubt

Will Harriet Tubman get chucked off the $20 bill before she even appears on it? Could be. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin raises this possibility as decisions of his predecessor are called into question. He talked to CNBC yesterday: “Ultimately we … Continue reading

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Ellis Island still an appealing story?

As I wrote my Mint Statistics column in Numismatic News yesterday, I noticed something interesting. Sales of the 5-ounce silver bullion coin honoring Ellis Island were nearly double that of the two prior issues. Authorized Purchasers have taken 39,500 of them … Continue reading

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When the unthinkable happens

There are no words to adequately express sympathy for the people of Houston. They have suffered from Hurricane Harvey and flooding that has followed. I am sure the American people will rally and pitch in to help in the rebuilding. … Continue reading

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Thank you Harvey Stack for sharing wisdom

It took longer than I expected, but sales of the Mint’s Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Sets are going backwards rapidly. I first raised this possibility in my Aug. 9 blog. I thought big buyers would get cold feet, when the Aug. … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam needs a payday lender

Will China buy the entire U.S. gold reserve? It is plausible. The possibility of gold sales was raised by Thomas G. Donlan in his Aug. 28 column in Barron’s. I read it yesterday while on a flight to Chicago. Donlan … Continue reading

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New trends bury old favorites

There is no question that autographed slabs have taken the hobby by storm. Who would have thought so many coin collectors would have placed so much value on the signatures of people who are basically famous only within the confines … Continue reading

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