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Final good-bye to Chet

Today is the funeral for Chet Krause in Iola, Wis. It will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Iola-Scandinavia High School, which is the largest venue in this town of 1,300. I expect many people will be … Continue reading

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Keep paper money in spotlight

The author Oscar Wilde liked clever turns of phrase. He said the only thing worse than being talked about was not being talked about. Such was the thinking of a 19th century celebrity that would probably fit the thinking of … Continue reading

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Current $1 set’s appeal debased

Both of my grandfathers were in France fighting against imperial German troops during World War I. The experience changed them. How could it not? Popular culture came up with a song, “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After … Continue reading

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Wisdom of silver buyers

Have average bullion coin investors begun to run out of money for buying silver American Eagles? That might be an overdramatic question, but the June sales figures, with just three days to go in the month, are running at half … Continue reading

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We’ll miss you, Chet

Chet Krause died over the weekend at the age of 92. I was traveling. My condolences to the family. It is probably appropriate that I was on the road when he passed as no individual was more responsible for opening … Continue reading

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Old cars and barbecue

Coin collectors are not focused solely on numismatics. They have regular lives and widespread interests. This is especially true during the summer. Iola, Wis., is getting ready for its annual car show, which starts July 7 and runs through July … Continue reading

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What happens next?

Today is not a day of numismatic significance, but it might become one if the British people vote to leave the European Union. Whether the advantages of staying, or risks of leaving the EU win the political argument, I cannot say. … Continue reading

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Missing Saturday at ANA

Have you made your plans to go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money yet? I feel like I waited to the last minute this year. My colleague Bob Van Ryzin and I made our plans and booked … Continue reading

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Give up cash?

I have found that I am using my credit card more in recent weeks – at least the pile of receipts that I collect each month makes it seem that way. Could it be that I am losing interest in … Continue reading

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When gold coins reappear

Since the immediate sellout of the gold Mercury dime Centennial coin April 21, successive weekly Mint reports have revealed that the actual number of coins sold have been falling further and further way from the 125,000 round number previously announced … Continue reading

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