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Sellout or no sellout?

Gold passed the $1,300 level this morning. My mind was on gold for a different reason. I began my day in the dentist chair. With the age of my teeth, each visit becomes a question of whether I might need … Continue reading

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Big one got away

Stories of the one that got away are staples of fishermen and women. Wisconsin is fishing country and I have heard my share. I had an email overnight from a coin collector to tell me a story of the coin that … Continue reading

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10 million memories

I was saddened when I read the news that Chicago coin dealer Walter Pershke had died. His passing May 20 at the age of 77 but not revealed until last week closes the door on an era of super rarities. … Continue reading

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Use your collector edge

The connection between the bullion coin market and the numismatic coin market has always been about cash flow. When the commercial sector of numismatics is busily selling gold bullion coins and earning money, the funds generated often flow into collectible … Continue reading

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When coins are like ice

Reading economic news these days is like walking on ice in Wisconsin in January. You wonder if at any moment you will find yourself on your backside. Usually, though, the winter worry is worse than the actual condition of the … Continue reading

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Silver proofs gain ground

When will silver proof sets outsell clad proof sets? Since the silver proofs debuted in 1992, clad sets have continued to dominate proof set sales, but the margin is getting narrower as more and more collectors seem to either be abandoning … Continue reading

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Are you a buyer at $35,000?

Security at the U.S. Mint coining facilities is tight. Every so often we see an example that demonstrates it is not tight enough. A Proof-65 1970-S quarter has been posted as a Buy It Now item on eBay for $35,000. … Continue reading

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Worth a trip to Long Beach

A portion of a hoard of French coins intended for use in North America over 300 years ago will be displayed at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo June 9-11. Displaying the coins will be Mid-American … Continue reading

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In the bag for collectors

If you have never ordered a bag of new quarters from the U.S. Mint, you should try it at least once. There is something about getting a quantity of new coins from the Mint that has always appealed to me. … Continue reading

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Gold boost welcome end to week

The roller-coaster ride continues for gold. My morning check of the Kitco website showed the metal vaulting $28.80 to $1,239.20 an ounce. In the month of May, gold declined from nearly $1,300 to barely above $1,200 in expectation that the … Continue reading

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