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Role model could give coins a boost

Do coin collectors need role models to become permanently committed to the hobby? Sometimes I think yes. Other times I think no. It is the yes answer that wins my mind today. I am sorry to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leave … Continue reading

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Confederate rarities to go on display

The ultimate circulation find, an 1861 Confederate half dollar found in a roll of change around 1880, will be displayed at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 14-18 in Philadelphia. It is insured for $1 million. It … Continue reading

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In long horse race, gold trounces silver

A commonly used statistic is that the U.S. dollar has lost over 98 percent of its value since 1913. This is measured against gold. In 1913, the dollar was backed by gold. In 2018, it is not. The precise depreciation … Continue reading

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We can all be apostles of coin collecting

Wisconsin gets its time in the spotlight April 11. That date is when there will be a ceremonial launch of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter. It has been 14 years since we had our turn during the state quarter … Continue reading

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Golden memories can mislead

Trade war. Stock market crash. What amazing financial headlines to wake up to this morning. What does this mean for coin collectors and bullion buyers? Before you believe the headlines about gold being a safe haven and rush in, it … Continue reading

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Spotlight on mule error at Stack’s Bowers

A record price of $192,000 was achieved in March by an error coin with a Sacagawea dollar reverse paired with a Washingon quarter obverse struck on a golden dollar planchet. This sort of error is called a mule, as the … Continue reading

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‘Lucky 13’ comes to mind with office move

The Numismatic News office is getting ready to move. The countdown has begun. We pack up and shut down for the final time here in Iola, Wis., on April 13. You look around this morning and you see empty shelves. … Continue reading

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What happens if bullion coin business fails?

Everybody has to pay bills. The cash to do so has to come from somewhere. For many in the coin business, selling bullion coins has helped keep the lights on. Some have gone so far as to abandon numismatics in … Continue reading

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Much loved story helps hype nickel hoard

A hoard of 297 1883 Liberty Head nickels without “Cents” on the reverse will be sold as one lot at the Central States Numismatic Society convention by Heritage Auctions in late April. The firm’s sale will stretch from April 25 … Continue reading

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Shipwreck story takes big step forward

How will the coin collecting hobby react to the recovery of sunken treasure from the S.S. Pulaski? You can be forgiven if you have never heard of the 1838 shipwreck. Its discovery is recent. Its story currently is overshadowed by … Continue reading

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