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- Letters to the Editor (August 2, 2016) Marks’ statement on Liberty medal not official The front page story, “Silver medal marks Liberty’s return” (Numismatic News, July 12) reports that I “announced details of the 2016 American Liberty silver proof medal June 15.” That statement came as quite a surprise to me. Although I had the past honor to serve as the chairman of ...
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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