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Gold coins priced too high or just right?

Collectors like to grouse about the U.S. Mint. But the most important thing to remember is watch what they do, not what they say. The latest illustration of this for me occurred this week. A reader emailed a response to … Continue reading

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Bully idea for parks commemoratives

One of the Washington Nationals baseball team racing presidents will be present tomorrow at the launch ceremony for the National Park Service 100th anniversary commemorative coins to be held at noon at the Lincoln Memorial. “Teddy” will be present for … Continue reading

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When banks were local

Lake Okoboji is a summer outdoor destination in northwest Iowa, but it is also a summer numismatic destination. The Higgins Museum is located there. Its focus is National Bank Notes, particularly of the state of Iowa. A seminar with five … Continue reading

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Coins and Disneyland – what fun

After three years in a row in suburban Chicago, many hobbyists are looking forward to attending an American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif., this summer. The World’s Fair of Money is slated for Aug. 9-13 at a convention center … Continue reading

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Mint gets 1974-D aluminum cent back

The only known 1974-D Lincoln cent struck in aluminum has been recovered by the Mint, it was announced late yesterday. It is a mystery coin in that Denver was never authorized to strike cents in aluminum although Philadelphia test struck … Continue reading

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No teeth pulling here

While I did sit in the dentist chair at 7 o’clock this morning, it was only for a routine cleaning. I have been sprung and am back safely in my office chair. There are always those nervous moments when I wonder if … Continue reading

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New trend for gold?

Checking the Kitco website this morning, I see gold is down $2.70 to $1,229.10 an ounce. We are off the high for the year, which was very nearly $1,280 in the early part of March. Still, gold is up $168.80 or … Continue reading

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Smithsonian display perfectly timed

Supporters of the Women on 20s effort from last year are disappointed that they did not succeed in pushing Andrew Jackson off the $20. Their success in persuading Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to put a woman on a new $10 … Continue reading

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How about a coin struck this Thursday?

It won’t be long now before computer technology will allow us to know precisely when a coin was struck and to forever keep track of that fact. St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday. If you want, say a silver American Eagle struck … Continue reading

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Can writing still change lives?

When I was a kid filling Whitman albums and following the fluctuating price of silver from the financial pages of the newspaper I delivered, numismatics was important to me. My entering a monthly writing contest sponsored by Coins Magazine when … Continue reading

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