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I have worn eye glasses since I was eight years old. I have been called four eyes and I was told I could become cross eyed if I read too much. I’m not complaining. It was a part of growing … Continue reading
Will a modern rarity soon take its place among 1804 silver dollars, 1913 Liberty Head nickels and 1885 Trade dollars as coin auction royalty? We will see when Heritage Auctions puts a 1974-D aluminum cent on the block during its … Continue reading
I had an email this morning that made me stop and think. See how you react to it. It reads: “By late December I took advantage of the last chance sales of coins on the U.S. Mint site. The 5-Star … Continue reading
High demand in January for silver and gold bullion coins is a given. For those of us who witness this phenomenon year by year, the question simply becomes one of asking how high is the demand? Last year a record … Continue reading
Do you have a collection of bad examples? Every collector makes mistakes. There is a learning curve in numismatics. When I first learned of the sale of Aubrey Bebee’s 1913 Liberty Head nickel in 1967, the $46,000 price awed me. … Continue reading
Shortly before I went home on Friday for a three-day weekend the U.S. Mint released its latest annual report. Overall, the Mint has a good story to tell of hard work, smart management and an improving market, the triple crown … Continue reading
I have not seen any 2014-dated coinage in change yet, but I am looking. I don’t really expect to see anything before February, which is the next time I will be transiting through a major airport. How about you? Are … Continue reading
Quarters are back. Many people probably didn’t realize that they had even left. They are a workhorse of the economy. However, production dropped hugely as the Great Recession forced many Americans to cash in their hoards and collections of state … Continue reading
On Friday I wrote about the sale price of Walter Perschke’s Brasher doubloon on Jan. 9 at the Platinum Night sale conducted by Heritage Auctions. It brought $4,582,500. When Perschke bought it in 1979 he paid $430,000. It produced a … Continue reading