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I looked but didn’t buy

The Mint booth at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, Ill., was worth a visit this past weekend. While I did not see masses of people attempting to purchase Mint products, I took advantage of the quiet to … Continue reading

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Central States to add admission charge

It will cost more to attend future Central States Numismatic Society conventions. Starting in 2018, a convention registration fee will be charged. For one day, the price will be $5. For admission for all days of the show, the price … Continue reading

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Good start, bad start?

I asked dealers at the Central States Numismatic Society how business was yesterday when I arrived in late afternoon. It was the tail end of setup day and things were quieting down. A couple of dealers who arrived in the … Continue reading

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An organization of central importance

I am heading down to Schaumberg, Ill., later this morning to attend the Central States Numismatic Society convention at the Renaissance Convention Center. I hope to see you there. Central States is one of the major events held during each … Continue reading

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Cash or credit, the debate goes on

How long will cash stick around? This has become a perennial question in numismatics. It might even take on political overtones if the $20 bill is abolished before Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew can make good on his promise … Continue reading

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Treasure the coins, but treasure people more

I checked the Kitco website for the prices of gold and silver this morning as I usually do. Gold was $1,238.60 a troy ounce. Silver was $17.05. The dominant rhythm of numismatic life these days is set by the fluctuations … Continue reading

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Nostalgia goes for the gold

Were collectors who rapidly pushed yesterday’s Mint offer of a gold Mercury dime to a sellout making a purchase based on nostalgia or intelligence? Setting aside for a moment the possibility that the answer to the question could be both, … Continue reading

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Hamilton has last laugh

After a week of leaks from his own federal agency, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew publicly announced yesterday the reversal of his 2015 decision to push Alexander Hamilton off the $10 Federal Reserve Note. Instead, President Andrew Jackson will get the … Continue reading

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Now I have met one

Up until the Chicago International Coin Fair this past weekend, I had never met any hobbyist who said he was collecting a complete set of First Spouse gold coins. When all is said and done, there will be 40 uncirculated pieces … Continue reading

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Line up your cash for gold Mercury

The gold bullion market is not doing potential buyers of the 2016 Mercury dime Centennial gold coin any favors this week. When the coin goes on sale at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, the price might be an unpleasant surprise. … Continue reading

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