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All the silver Eagles you want

Rationing of silver American Eagle supplies has ended at the U.S. Mint. “We are pleased to announce after 28 weeks of allocation in 2016, effective Monday, July 18, 2016, we have lifted allocation of American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins. Authorized … Continue reading

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ANA Panda buying panic coming?

Pandamania swept American numismatics in the 1980s with the issuance of show-related special Chinese Panda coin designs. Will this fervor return Aug. 9 -11 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.? Show organizers hope so. … Continue reading

Sino-American Numismatic Friendship is celebrated by Panda.
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Battle of the 20s

The mystery of declining demand for U.S. Mint silver American Eagle coins continues. At near the midpoint of the month, July 13, Authorized Purchasers have taken 545,000 of these bullion coins from the U.S. Mint. That seems astonishingly low for … Continue reading

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Buffalo nickel makes my day

An Ohio reader has reported receiving a 1934 Buffalo nickel in change after he purchased a soda. My mind immediately began walking down two pathways simultaneously. My first thought was perhaps some club, dealer or collector put the coin into … Continue reading

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Silver proof sets stay strong

Let’s revisit a topic I raised June 9 about the rising popularity of silver proof sets relative to the standard clad proof set. I noted that more silver proof sets were being sold as a percentage relative to clad proof … Continue reading

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Endings can be sweet

Endings can be welcomed, accepted as milestones, or simply lamented. The end of the car show in Iola, Wis., this past weekend is always welcomed by those of us who volunteer to staff it. It is an exciting event. It … Continue reading

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Time for new grading system?

A new coin grading system will be the topic of Indian cent specialist Rick Snow’s presentation at 9 a.m. Aug. 11 at the American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif. Snow, proprietor of Eagle Eye Rare Coins, Tucson, Ariz., states … Continue reading

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Cars or coins, it’s all collecting

Iola, Wis., is swarming with old car collectors this morning as the annual car show gets under way. Over 100,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the show over three days. I ogled some vehicles that were common in … Continue reading

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Collect bullion coins? Absolutely

Bullion coins were invented to be a convenient way to trade a known quantity of precious metal without the bother of assaying them every time they changed hands. That’s the theory. Obviously, there are other reasons to buy bullion coins. … Continue reading

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Platinum sellout a puzzler

Sellout. The proof platinum American Eagle that went on sale June 30 was already showing it was unavailable the next day on the Mint website. Do the current frisky markets for precious metals generally have anything to do with it? … Continue reading

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