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Penny for thoughts on copper

I was startled this morning when I checked the www.coinflation.com website to see that the prices of copper and nickel dropped rather sharply. Copper was down 9.9 cents to $2.5983 a pound and nickel was down 31.07 cents to $5.7372 … Continue reading

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Presidential dollars that never will be

This week the Numismatic News poll question asked whether the Presidential coin series should include all Presidents, not just those who are deceased. Respondents have been active in emailing me their opinions elaborating on their online votes. There are strong feelings. I … Continue reading

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Freedom costs just a nickel

You never know what you might find in circulation – or where it will take you. Late last week a 1955-D nickel came my way. It is worth only face value, but the idea of a 60-year old coin still … Continue reading

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Class acts all the way

Putting a major coin collection together is not easy. Giving it up when the time comes to sell it is probably not easy either. Though I have sold coins from time to time, the idea of not owning any numismatic … Continue reading

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Belly up to the silver art bar?

When I first started working as a numismatic journalist in 1978, I was assigned to follow the happenings at local clubs. I followed their activities from their newsletters and at their meetings held at conventions and shows that I was … Continue reading

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Fill up those change jars faster

Let the good times roll. Coin output at the U.S. Mint is signaling more good times to come. Through the month of May, the Mint has produced almost 7.4 billion coins in the calendar year 2015. That works out to … Continue reading

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Circling around silver

Physical silver demand might be scraping along lows in recent weeks, and there is no telling how long it might stay depressed. However in the past month I have had a couple of casual inquiries about the metal in the course … Continue reading

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Act like a new high school graduate

It is graduation season. If you have a high school graduate in your family, long-term thinking is the order of the day. What college degree will be the most useful for a career that will stretch from 2019 to 2059? … Continue reading

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Abolish cash? Keep dreamin’

It seems to be fashionable now to forecast that cash will soon be abolished. Really? With another major hack attack and data breach that hit the federal government just announced yesterday, do you really think electronic payments are secure enough … Continue reading

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More than one reason to buy silver

My blog on Tuesday about the decline in silver American Eagle sales elicited comments on Facebook that I found interesting. Everybody has many reasons for buying silver Eagles or not buying them as the case may be. There were a … Continue reading

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