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Talking turkey but not eating it

  While everybody else is getting into a holiday mood, I must do the opposite. I have two trips coming up quickly. On Saturday, Clifford Mishler, Joel Edler and I head for Chicago. We are the program for the Chicago … Continue reading

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Treasury secretary can make a difference

When a new Treasury secretary is selected by President-elect Donald Trump, what should be in his inbox? As head of the department in which the Secret Service is based, perhaps the new Treasury secretary can recommend a crackdown on the … Continue reading

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Cent, nickel melting ban imposed 10 years ago

The U.S. cent and nickel melting ban will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Dec. 14. It was imposed as an emergency measure. Old pre-1982 copper cents and any nickel were worth far more than face value as the year 2006 … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle demand falls behind gold Eagle

Where are the silver American Eagle buyers this year? I have asked this question before, but now with the closing weeks of 2016 upon us, it is quite obvious that there is no way last year’s 47 million sales number … Continue reading

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Another 100 years for Andrew Jackson?

Did Andrew Jackson win the 2016 Presidential election? With Donald Trump winning the White House Nov. 8 and naming his own Secretary of the Treasury early next year, the decision to replace Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve Note could … Continue reading

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‘Gift’ not just a four-letter word

As far as the U.S. Mint is concerned, the holiday shopping season began yesterday. At least that is what I infer from my receipt of its Holiday Gift Guide in my email. As far as timing is concerned, the Mint … Continue reading

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Gold and silver ready for anything?

Gold was down almost $20 when I checked the Kitco website this morning. Silver was down 21 cents. Both amounts fall within the normal band of daily fluctuations. When they are, none of us thinks too much about them. Rather, thought … Continue reading

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Stampede to dateless Buffaloes?

Dateless Buffalo nickels was the topic of a front page story on the cover of the Numismatic News that I deadlined last week. A reader has restored dates to thousands of them, finding the doubled-die 1916 as well as the 1918/7-D … Continue reading

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Cubs win and so did I, a lesson

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Amazing It is the first time in 108 years. I am happy for them. I am not a baseball writer, but the Cubs win does have a connection to my interest in coin … Continue reading

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How about $1,190 silver?

How often have you read that the paper dollar has lost over 98 percent of its value since 1913? I know I have seen it many times. Let’s look forward. 1913 is 103 years ago. Let’s go forward 108 years … Continue reading

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