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PNG honors Piret

Chicago is known for its steaks. There is good reason for this reputation as I proved last night at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Rosemont. I attended the annual awards banquet of the Professional Numismatists Guild. While enjoying good food and each … Continue reading

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Everybody into the ANA pool

It is time for me to jump into the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. As soon as this is posted, I get into the car and head south. There is no better place to get a sense of … Continue reading

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Gold limit reduction could change things

The Mint’s last-minute decision yesterday to cut its gold Kennedy half dollar sales limit in half doubles the number of people it will be able to sell a coin to at the American Numismatic Association convention next week. Motivating this … Continue reading

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Mint cuts ANA limit to 1

The U.S. Mint has decided that a purchase limit of two gold Kennedy half dollars is too many. It has just announced it will cut this limit to one coin per person at its booth when sales begin Aug. 5 at … Continue reading

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Get your comfortable shoes ready

Gearing up to attend the American Numismatic Association convention is always a challenge. Spending a week away from the office, Aug. 4-9, means trying to do as much desk work as possible before being released to run around the bourse … Continue reading

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Are they golden hula-hoops?

Remember the hula-hoop? It was big for a time when I was a kid. Then it wasn’t. How about the Slinky? Same thing. Big. Then it wasn’t. The year I was born Davy Crockett was a big hit with coonskin … Continue reading

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Bullion gets promotion?

Bullion in bar form has long been viewed as a convenient way of trading in precious metals. But is it collectible? That might seem like a foolish question from anyone who lived through the one-ounce silver bar collecting boom of the … Continue reading

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On your mark, get set, gold!

If you want to be among the first to buy a 50th anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar Aug. 5 at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., you had better be prepared to stand in line yourself. On Friday … Continue reading

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Buyers love Kennedy

The Mint says that buyers of the 50th anniversary Kennedy two-coin clad half dollar set have taken 68,974 in less than 24 hours from the beginning of sales at noon Eastern time yesterday. Price is $9.95. While the total might … Continue reading

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Profits to buy clad respectability?

After almost 50 years, do we at last have a formula where our modern clad coins are no longer treated by collectors as the unwanted stepchildren as Cinderella was? Is the term “clad trash” being replaced by “clad cash” in … Continue reading

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