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No distractions good and bad

How many educational forum programs have you attended over the years? I cannot give you a number, but I know I have attended fewer than I have wanted to. The problem is many of these programs are scheduled at shows. … Continue reading

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Do YN programs work?

I laid out a letter to the editor in Numismatic News for the issue that goes to press today that had really caught my attention. The writer asks as many collectors have asked before about where future collectors were going to … Continue reading

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Watch those prices

Coin prices are like real estate. Collectors get invested in them and even emotionally attached to them. Because there is no centralized exchange for coin trading, there is often no single market price for coins. The only information about potential … Continue reading

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Next generation already here

Yesterday I indulged in a bit of personal nostalgia about my career in numismatics. Now it is time to look forward. Collectors have wondered what the future holds and where the new hobbyists will come from. One firm has answered … Continue reading

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Extra day, extra blog

Once every four years Feb. 29 arrives. That means I must write an extra blog during the year. It also means I am a little more antsy for the arrival of March. March in Iola usually means warmer weather and … Continue reading

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When mom doesn’t know best

In my dark moments I sometimes wonder if collectors are making themselves irrelevant by our own actions. We revere history. We revere coinage. Neither of these two attributes does anything but put us in a positive light. It is the … Continue reading

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Buy silver, no genius required

Owning silver has had its ups and its downs. As long as you are not forced to sell at the bottom, you can be ready for the joy and excitement of owning the metal at market tops. This bit of … Continue reading

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Premium never low enough?

I am a fan of the Coinflation.com web page. I was drawn to it years ago because every day the site calculates the melt value of a wide range of U.S. coinage. No longer would I have to remember that … Continue reading

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Quarters make me worry

I did a story last week for Numismatic News about January coin production. It was fairly routine. The January 2016 total of just over 1.5 billion pieces was almost identical to the number struck by the U.S. Mint’s production facilities … Continue reading

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Just another Monday

Can gold keep its 2016 rally going? That is the question as we head into a new week and the final days of the month of February. There is no magic answer. We can look to history either to worry … Continue reading

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