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History and trading two different things

I happened to check bullion prices yesterday afternoon. It was a holiday in the United States, but not elsewhere in the world. Gold and silver were dropping to very near the nice round numbers of $1,200 and $16 when I … Continue reading

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Hawaii in my daydreams

I had an email from the Hawaii State Numismatic Association to provide me with the details of their upcoming 53rd coin show. It has been a daydream of mine to go to a coin show in Hawaii ever since the … Continue reading

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What to make of rarities

Does the fact that the finest known 1804 silver dollar failed to sell Tuesday night in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries-Sotheby’s auction of 63 rarities from the D. Brent Pogue Collection signal any change in condition in the numismatic market? Certainly … Continue reading

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Jump, buy, repeat

When the Mint says jump, we collectors jump. As soon as the Mint announces some coin or set is available we try to get into the door simultaneously. This is understandable when there is a high likelihood of a quick sellout. … Continue reading

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No excitement at dollar’s end

Come July the final dollar coin of the Presidential series will become available. For those collectors who have been collecting the series since it began, their nine and a half year effort will come to a close. Waiting for nearly … Continue reading

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What wins after 51 years?

Remember when the first clad quarter came into your hand? I do. It was in the autumn of 1965. My father mentioned at suppertime that he had gotten one of the new quarters that day. I stopped eating and ran … Continue reading

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Overton achiever with PCGS

Take a look at the Professional Coin Grading Service website. It proclaims the completion of a Capped Bust half dollar set by Overton numbers. It took 30 years to do it and there are 453 coins in the set. This … Continue reading

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Gold puzzle beyond me

A hint yesterday that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at the June meeting of the board of governors seems to have momentarily unnerved gold buyers. When I checked the Kitco website this morning, the precious metal was trading … Continue reading

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Mint set’s time has passed

Today the U.S. Mint will begin selling the 2016 uncirculated coin set, which features an uncirculated example of all current coinage. Using the term current coinage is fraught these days because half dollars and dollar coins basically do not circulate. … Continue reading

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Back where I started

When I visited my mother last week, she had just cleaned out her purse. All of the change that had accumulated was removed. She remarked on how much lighter her purse was when she lifted it. Interestingly, when I had … Continue reading

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