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Believe what you see?

I had a telephone voicemail message this morning. Naturally, the caller had a question. I immediately thought of a movie comedy where a slick con man is caught in the act and he asks the discoverer, “Who are you going … Continue reading

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Take me away from snow

Sometimes I would rather think about warm tropical beaches than any numismatic topic. Sure, numismatics is a great escape. I know that. It was my hobby long before it became my profession. Even I am amazed how fresh and interesting … Continue reading

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Coins recall World War I

Coins recalling the events of World War I will be struck and sold this year by many mints of the world. On June 28 we will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. … Continue reading

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Would you pay $250,000 for it?

When the 1974-D aluminum cent goes up for bids at a Heritage auction at the end of April at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention, would you be willing to spend $250,000 to buy it? That is an early estimate … Continue reading

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50 years of clad minus 1

I received a 1967 dime in change while on weekend shopping errands. The 47-year old coin got me thinking about how long I have been using clad coins. Like all of us who were around at the beginning of this … Continue reading

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Silver dollars ready to run

The silver dollar market peaked in 1989. Is it time for a revival? You might say that the silver dollar market has never gone away. You would be right. It has long been a respected collector niche. However, it has … Continue reading

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What is a good currency?

If you read my bitcoin blog on Monday, this is a logical extension of the topic. If this new stateless electronic object of value is not a good currency, despite or because of its rapid price appreciation, what is a … Continue reading

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First 2014 cent spotted in change

I have been waiting quite a while for readers of Numismatic News to encounter their first 2014-dated coin in change and report it to me. As in nearly every year, the first reported coin in 2014 is a Lincoln cent … Continue reading

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What should be published?

Every so often readers of Numismatic News get into a battle of letters over one topic or another. The mother of all these battles was about the question of when the 21st century began. Despite clear rules that each century … Continue reading

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My two bits on bitcoin

No sooner had I written a short story last week about Chicago coin dealer Harlan J. Berk deciding to accept bitcoins in payment for purchases, than something happened to call into question the very essence of the new currency. The … Continue reading

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