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Time to buy

I just wrote a mildly negative story about business conditions on the dealer bourse floor at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held last week in Anaheim, Calif. One market professional with whom I conversed yesterday said he … Continue reading

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Tale of two numbers

Which Mint figure is more important? Monthly circulating coin production in July rose to the highest point of the year. 1,807,200,000 pieces came off the Mint’s presses. This beats the previous high number of 1,582,060,000 by 225,140,000 pieces. Normally, rising … Continue reading

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Cash is king for how long?

How long is the road to a cashless society in the United States? Precious metals oriented articles often declare sinister motives for the concept even being discussed. What happens to money when it is not even backed by paper? That … Continue reading

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Great time at ANA show

I enjoyed the American Numismatic Association convention held last week. I always am keenly interested in the main ANA event of the year. A real treat was when I listened to Q. David Bowers’ talk on the ANA’s 125th anniversary … Continue reading

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Congratulations 327 times

If I wrote “congratulations” 327 times, it would devalue the meaning of the word. Yet last night the presenters at the Numismatic Literary Guild Bash said they were giving out that number of awards. How the plaques do multiply. One … Continue reading

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Make or break day

Thursday has arrived at the Anaheim, Calif., American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. How the convention is perceived  will be due to events that occur today and how well or poorly  they fit with what has happened so far. Yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Good, bad or just right number?

The Mint has set a mintage ceiling of 100,000 for the gold Standing Liberty quarter Centennial coin that will go on sale Sept. 8. I asked for reactions to this news while I was on the floor of the American … Continue reading

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Made it by skin of my teeth

The Professional Numismatists Guild President Dana Samuelson gave the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Adkins last night. The Minnesota dealer and American Numismatic Association vice president was lauded for a 50-year career. It was a touching moment, especially when … Continue reading

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What’s in your wallet?

The 30th anniversary proof silver American Eagle will be offered for sale by the Mint Sept. 16. Ordinarily, the proof silver Eagle offer is a big deal, a collector favorite. This year’s added appeal is the coin will have edge … Continue reading

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California is the place I oughtta be

This is my last day in the office as I prepare to go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. As you might expect, I expect the day to get hectic as I need to … Continue reading

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