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Austria climbs to top with COTY

Congratulations to the Austrian Mint for winning the 2015 Coin of the Year Award. Word went out this morning via the Friday Edition of the Numismatic News e-newsletter that a gold 50-euro Austrian coin honoring painter Gustav Klimt was voted … Continue reading

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Holders of cash can negotiate price

Price guides have always been popular. They help newcomers get a sense of values. They help longtime collectors keep generally abreast of market movements. However, whether they are retail price guides or wholesale price guides, they are not like stock … Continue reading

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Seeds of desire

I have taken the time to browse through the latest U.S. Mint sales catalog that arrived in my home mailbox recently. It is a holiday offering called “2014 Gift Ideas.” The cover shows photographs of the silver American Eagle, the … Continue reading

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Impressed by records?

The wait for a new record number of 2014 silver Eagle sales that I mentioned yesterday lasted only until the Mint posted its most recent sales figures. The current number is 42,864,000. Next week the Mint expects to run out … Continue reading

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2014 silver Eagles almost gone

It is the last month of the year and the U.S. Mint is about to run out of U.S silver American Eagle bullion coins. On Friday, the Mint notified its Authorized purchasers that it expects to run out of the … Continue reading

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Right grading service

What’s the right grading service? I have been asked that more than once. As a hobby newspaper editor in a field with more than one third-party grading service, how do you want me to answer that? You can choose a … Continue reading

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Things don’t always work

In your life does everything work exactly as it should, all the time? It certainly does not in my life. But modern expectations are high. This includes expectations of coins that are properly conserved, which is another way of saying … Continue reading

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Freedom from special sets?

Franklin D. Roosevelt has a very large place in American history. He was the only person to be elected President four times. He led the United States during the Depression and during World War II. The U.S. Mint hopes he … Continue reading

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Online splurge buying?

Yesterday was known as Cyber Monday. This is because so many people go online after the box store sales on Thanksgiving weekend to see what sort of electronic deals they can find at their favorite websites. Were you one of … Continue reading

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San Francisco, the common mint?

Collectors of my generation still think of San Francisco coins as being the scarce ones. This idea became ingrained in our minds as we hunted and hunted for coins in circulation, often to be slowed down or stumped by a San … Continue reading

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