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Fire up the grill

We have arrived at the unofficial start to summer. Memorial Day weekend is upon us. We here at Krause Publications will even be able to start our weekends at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Naturally, we are all grateful and enthusiastic. … Continue reading

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So-called dollars

I had a nice talk with Jeff Shevlin at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in late April. He reminded me of the importance of the field of exonumia. He specializes in the area called so-called dollars. These dollar-sized pieces … Continue reading

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Specialized knowledge?

Some collectors might criticize me for writing about yesterday’s topic. Doesn’t it take specialized knowledge to find the 11th known example of the 1817 “7” over “4” Capped Bust half dollar? Yes, it does. Does everyone have that specialized knowledge? … Continue reading

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May I introduce you to your coins?

  What do I mean by that title? I hope it has pulled you into today’s blog. Coin collectors today are becoming more and more familiar with holders and less and less familiar with their coins. Are we in the … Continue reading

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New information about half disme

When the June 3 issue of Numismatic News went to press last Thursday, you cannot know how happy I was that I had survived several computer glitches that tried to get between me and the successful conclusion of a deadline. … Continue reading

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It really is who you know

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” How often have you heard that said? The sentiment is usually expressed in moments of frustration or denial such as in an instance of being passed over promotion. But who you … Continue reading

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Just the ticket for your graduate?

It is graduation season. My niece graduates from college on Saturday. Naturally the family is proud and supportive in every way. There are families across America who also have high school and college graduations at this time of the year. … Continue reading

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Internet time and print schedules

As we progress further and further into the age of the Internet, the concept of lead time is disappearing in the minds of hobbyists. Lead time is what is required to get something into the print version of Numismatic News … Continue reading

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Lively letters need few restrictions

I had an email this morning from a reader who wondered if I had ever considered putting a limitation on the number of words I will publish in a letter to the editor in Numismatic News. It is a reasonable … Continue reading

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Coins without price

Most collectors have gotten used to the fact that U.S. Mint issue prices fluctuate for gold, silver and platinum products. How could they not change regularly considering the state of the world’s commodity markets? When the Mint’s latest sales catalog … Continue reading

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