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Big and small emails say it all

My email is a rich source of information. Much of what I receive finds its way to readers in one form or another. Some email is spam and gets deleted. But there are also examples of emails that kind of … Continue reading

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$2 discount on $2 bill movie story

After writing yesterday’s blog about the Two Dollar Bill Documentary, its producer sent me more information about himself and how he came to do the movie. He tells an interesting story. Today’s blog is also worth a $2 discount if you … Continue reading

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Making a star out of the $2 bill

My topic this morning is the $2 bill. Did you know there is a movie about it? No? I didn’t either. I was contacted by the producer/director by email. He wrote: “My continuing mission is to spread the word about … Continue reading

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Can’t go wrong with gold commems?

In 1982 and 1983 the annual U.S. Mint uncirculated set was abolished. It was a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury. We collectors howled. It was brought back in 1984. It has been sold annually ever since. Were we mistaken to … Continue reading

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Lifetime interest a golden years benefit

The beauty of coin collecting is it can be embraced equally by people who are 8 or 80 years old. Many collectors hold onto their interest throughout their lives, even if their budgets do not allow expenditures on coins during … Continue reading

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Who is buying the proof gold Eagles?

Are coins a luxury good, or are they for everyone? That’s a question that has been asked repeatedly in the half century I have been a collector. Collectors putting Lincoln cents in their Whitman albums have been shoulder to shoulder … Continue reading

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How about another ANA good idea?

The American Numismatic Association should be congratulated for its latest good idea. It has created a jobs board on its www.money.org website. The numismatic field is highly specialized. A place to go to when a firm needs to hire, or … Continue reading

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Don’t let silver slip through your fingers

I had a circulation finds moment in the middle of last week. They don’t happen often enough as far as I’m concerned. Something involving silver happens even less frequently. I received a 1964-D silver Roosevelt dime in my change after … Continue reading

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Don’t pay too much for proof Eagles

There is a seasonal pattern to pricing for proof gold and silver American Eagle coins. Collectors should be aware of it and avoid paying higher prices not related to the prices of gold and silver. What causes this is the … Continue reading

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Local coin shows thrive in age of Internet

For 20 years we have been speculating about the future of coin shows. The Internet has diminished the need for face-to-face transactions. Such transactions are the backbone of shows. If you don’t need to go to a show, the shows … Continue reading

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