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Silver lining

I checked precious metals prices this morning. Gold was $1,070.80 on the Kitco website. Silver was at $14.03. Markets fluctuate day to day and the swings are generally just background noise. Even in an up market, there are swings lower. … Continue reading

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Time to hone your skills?

Do you trust OPEC, the world oil cartel led by Saudi Arabia? Yes, that does seem like a loaded question. What does it have to do with numismatics, anyway? The OPEC World Oil Outlook is making financial headlines this morning … Continue reading

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Important even if you can’t have one

Everybody seems to be anxious to know the future and to assess events that might be signals about what is to come. Each year Mike Thorne writes an auction review for Numismatic News. The nature of the thing is to … Continue reading

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Twain leads Mint product parade

Bullion buyers know that the Mint will begin taking orders for one-ounce silver American Eagle coins Jan. 11, 2016. Collectors of the proof version do not yet have the certainty of knowing when it will be released. Dates are to … Continue reading

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Billion dollars of wisdom

Building a billion dollar business from a base in coin collecting can’t be easy. Such success entails business acumen, hard work and perhaps a bit of luck. But the outcome for Heritage Auctions is unquestionable dominance among auction firms in … Continue reading

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Mint sets another silver record

It is an anti-climax. But now we know how many silver American Eagles were sold this year. Since Nov. 30 we have known it would be a record amount. The total is an even 47 million. Throw the confetti. That … Continue reading

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Check those dollar bills

Numismatics made the front page of the “Wall Street Journal” yesterday. Examined was the collecting of fancy serial numbers on U.S. paper money. These numbers are sequences in ascending or descending order, solid numbers of all one digit and things … Continue reading

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End of mail orders to Mint

No more mail orders will be accepted by the U.S. Mint after Sept. 30, 2016. The announcement was made this morning just as I began writing my morning blog. After that date, only online orders and telephone orders will be … Continue reading

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Last chance to buy

With immediate sellouts being the exception, collectors have gotten used to the fact that many standard Mint products seem to be around for something close to forever. Don’t have the $31.95 for a proof set at the ready? No worries. … Continue reading

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Feeling bad with statistics

It would be no surprise to me if bullion investors would simply want to forget this year’s market results. I have begun to look forward to 2016. Next year will bring the fifth anniversaries of the highs for both gold … Continue reading

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