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Red Book an old friend

I am not scheduled to go to the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo in March. I am kind of sorry that this is the case. At the show the 69th edition of the Red Book will go on sale … Continue reading

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Banks not the same

Banks and bankers were very familiar to me as a kid. I lived in a small town in Iowa. The bank I did business with let me search rolls for the coins I needed. Some days, as soon as I … Continue reading

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New 2015 dimes and quarters sighted

New 2015-dated coins are spreading out across the country. Readers have been sharing their experiences of first sightings in the last few weeks. I received an email yesterday from Timothy Coltrin. He writes, “Received a 2015 dime in change from … Continue reading

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Only final price counts

What’s the correct price for silver? Will it sag to $10 an ounce this year? That would be big news. Will it jump to $30? That would be big news in the other direction. The point is nobody can know. … Continue reading

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Time to worry about silver?

Are buyers losing interest in the silver American Eagle? Are they tired of chasing dreams of silver riches only to be handed losses of 20 percent like last year? On the surface, you might respond with, “Are you kidding? January … Continue reading

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New day at ANA

It’s over. Unlike a baseball game, we will not know the score. The lawsuit Larry Shepherd filed against the American Numismatic Association after he was fired has been settled. Part of the terms was the sealing of everyone’s lips. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Thoughts of California banish winter

Coin collecting is an indoor pursuit. It is an ideal activity this time of year for those of us who live in northern climes. However, even coin collecting cannot hold off entirely that winter-induced northern malady: cabin fever. The name … Continue reading

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Way to go Mint – now forget it

Can collectors stand a stretch of good news from the U.S. Mint? I think so, but they probably won’t remember it. People tend not to remember good news. When I was taking journalism courses in college many years ago, one of the … Continue reading

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No matter the theme, it is still about price

The March of Dimes commemorative silver dollar program is set to begin March 13 with an offering of proof and uncirculated silver dollars bearing the conjoined busts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk. Collectors who have been … Continue reading

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Gold $5 beats anything I ever found

Ever find a gold coin in circulation? When I was a kid just starting out as a collector, I used to wonder what it was like to have gold coins in circulation. Back in the last half of the 1960s … Continue reading

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