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Will one silver size always fit all?

It’s a close race, but sales of the 2014 collector version of the five-ounce America the Beautiful coins are outpacing sales of the bullion version. The collector version has a “P” mintmark on it. It is sold by the Mint … Continue reading

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Up or down, take it like a collector

If you bought your house 30 years, you have a very nice profit on it. But the reason you purchased it was probably just so you could have a place to live. If you bought silver and gold 15 years … Continue reading

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ANA gets new treasurer

Larry Baber is stepping down as treasurer of the American Numismatic Association. Gerome Walton is stepping in to take his place. Baber is embarking on a 23-month mission to the Marshall Islands on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Ads are good as gold

It pays to advertise. Newspapers have been saying that for as long as I have been alive. Numismatic News has emphasized this message for my entire career. At first blush, the message looks self-serving. I want ads in my hobby … Continue reading

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Missing silver matters

There are still some hard copy club newsletters being sent to members. As a courtesy some of these clubs send me copies, which I much appreciate. I read through them when I get the chance. The May issue of “Nashua … Continue reading

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Kennedy provides gold(en) opportunity

What would modern numismatics be without a buying frenzy? The Mint has teed up another new product and it will be made available at its booth Aug. 5-9 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago … Continue reading

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That’s a lot of silver Eagles

With the end of rationing of the silver American Eagle bullion coins as of June 2, I wondered what kind of demand it would take for the Mint to once again be overwhelmed, requiring the return of rationing. It has … Continue reading

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Don’t say it in polite company

To say “Herbert Hoover” out loud was not exactly swearing when I was growing up, but events of his presidency 1929-1933 scarred so many people that I learned early on not to mention his name at all unless I wanted … Continue reading

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Still waiting for delivery

Buyers of Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint are getting antsy again. Delivery of the popular gold, silver and clad cupped-shaped coins was not fast enough for individuals who wanted early release designations from major grading … Continue reading

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Save money where you can

When I joined the staff of Numismatic News in 1978, the coin business was on the verge of experiencing a great boom that was dubbed “The Party” by its participants. The few world mints that were active at the time … Continue reading

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