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Nickel primes the charity’s pump

Earlier this year I asked readers to report their first findings of 2014-dated coinage. It is an annual tradition with collectors to report when new coins are spotted in change. As usual, the first coin to appear was a cent … Continue reading

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What’s gold trying to tell us?

Gold has been ratcheting higher this year. Yesterday it was $1,367 a troy ounce. It is doing this despite the fact that demand for gold American Eagles is not robust. In the opening days of March, demand for the one-ounce … Continue reading

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Platinum gets its second chance

The one-ounce platinum American Eagle bullion coin returned to the U.S. Mint’s lineup on Monday. The initial sales number stands at 8,700. If that number turns into a weekly sales rate, that would be huge. In 2008, the last year … Continue reading

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Dad will be missed

My father died Sunday at 10:10 p.m. I was with him at the end. Other family members were at his side as well. That is why there was no blog post yesterday. At times like this, memories flood my mind. … Continue reading

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As good as any gold story can get

Sale of the 1,427 Saddle Ridge Treasure gold coins will occur in May, Don Kagin of Kagin’s, Inc., told me March 4 for Numismatic News Express. A specific date will not be known until some time in April. “By April we … Continue reading

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Platinum bullion Eagle returns

Who will be a buying when platinum American Eagle bullion coins return on March 10? The U.S. Mint says it is striking them again at the request of the public. “We listened to our customers and are pleased to once … Continue reading

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How do you feel about gold Kennedys?

A longtime reader of Numismatic News sent me an email yesterday to tell me he disagreed with the Class of ’63 column I wrote in the March 4 issue. I am glad he wrote to me. Collectors have many similarities  … Continue reading

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I can’t stand no email

We are all living in a brave new world of online communication and business yet our habits often have not kept up with its many changes. I am dead in the water on days when my email does not work, … Continue reading

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See three numismatic greats

One of the great benefits of being the editor of a newspaper that serves the numismatic hobby is all of the people I have been able to meet and interact with over the years. There is a great deal in … Continue reading

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Not even two bits left

Since none of us was around in Asia Minor 2,600 years ago to witness the invention of coinage, or in Sweden in the 17th century to see the modern birth of central banking, we collectors can be forgiven if we … Continue reading

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