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Mongolian ram coin a beauty

Around here we call it the ram coin, and that certainly does not do it justice. The 2013 Argali-Ovis Ammon 500 togrog silver coin issued by the Bank of Mongolia is a beautiful coin. It just takes a mouthful to … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this bargain

When I first stumbled upon North American Coins & Prices, I couldn’t believe it contained all that it did for such a low price. Everyone loves a two-fer deal, but this is a three-fer. Continue reading

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Better than a sweater any day

Snakes. You either love them or hate them. There’s not much middle ground. But that’s right where I stand. Continue reading

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Get the paper money CD before the book

If you’re like me, you appreciate the conveniences of technology. I can talk to my friends and family no matter where I am. I can even see my son, who is studying in Uruguay, thanks to Skype. (Honey, please shave … Continue reading

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It’s all about knowing your coins

It’s Friday, so we’ll make the questions simple. Do you collect U.S. coins? Do you like reading about their history? Do you want to know what they’re worth? Do you like to put new cents into albums? Do you want … Continue reading

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Grandaddy of all price guides arrives

We walked into our monthly numismatics division business update meeting on Thursday and there it was, strategically placed on the front table. Continue reading

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Editor’s Pick: Buy the book before you buy the coin

I was about 7 years old when my Grandpa showed me an old tin of coins he had stashed under his workbench in the basement. It was filled with pennies. In a separate container were some fancier cents, at least … Continue reading

2014 U.S. Coin Digest 12th Edition
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Error coins can bring big money

OK, admit it. That pocketful of change you have at the end of the day doesn’t go into the change jar until you’ve looked over each coin. And that’s a good thing, because there are lots of valuable coins floating … Continue reading

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Coins speak to ‘Hobbit’ fans

If you’re a fan of “The Hobbit” take heart. New Zealand is minting coins just for you. Just in time for release of the movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the New Zealand  Post has minted coins featuring the faces … Continue reading

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San Francisco Mint tour an eye-opener

Technically, the San Francisco Mint is a factory. It manufactures coins. And it’s really good at producing silver coins. Silver proof coins. The kind collectors want to buy. I was given the opportunity to join a San Francisco Mint tour … Continue reading

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