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Rats evicted from Old SF Mint

Well, the rats have been cleaned out of the Old San Francisco Mint. No, these weren’t disreputable people. Rather, they were real rats, according to a report datelined Feb. 18 from the San Francisco Chronicle by Anastasia Ustinova.Ustinova quotes Erik … Continue reading

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Back from the exhibit

I’m back from my trip to Minneapolis and the opening of the Anders Zorn (see prior posting for details) at the Swedish American Institute. It was fun, and I was able to snap shots that will come in handy in … Continue reading

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Zorn etching a key

February should prove to be a busy and fun month for me. On Feb. 5 I head to Minneapolis for the opening of an art exhibit titled “From Peasants to Presidents: Sweden’s Greatest Etcher” and later that month my wife … Continue reading

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I'll take it in Trades

Much of my collecting lately focuses on drafts, checks, receipts, etc., related to the Comstock Lode, in Virginia City, Nev., and the Bank of California. Although I have acquired items of value pertaining to famous personages active on the Comstock … Continue reading

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Mind your Ps, Ds, and Ss

With silver above $14 an ounce, it is a good time to check any old coins you may have lying about. Most people know that even common-date dimes, quarters and half dollars dated 1964 and prior have most of their … Continue reading

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Is that foul-looking fowl really an eagle?

Next year, when the state quarter program ends, the plan is for the quarter’s reverse to revert to showing an eagle, as it had prior to 1999. That’s not a bad thing. Though Benjamin Franklin argued for adopting the turkey … Continue reading

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Ever see 1 million silver dollars?

Have you ever seen 1 million silver dollars? It was long before I began collecting coins, but the tale of the Million Silver Dollar Exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair is fascinating nonetheless. Three Washington numismatists were behind bringing … Continue reading

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Worn to perfection

Today everyone wants ultra-grade coins. Many of those who buy directly from the U.S. Mint quickly send off these coins to one of the third-party grading services to see if they can score a coin in a high mint state … Continue reading

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But I could have had a Dr. Steinmetz coin

It was once suggested that I write a book on coinage measures that were proposed but didn’t pass into law. It would have been a mammoth and likely tedious process and probably of dubious worth. However, it’s sometimes fun to … Continue reading

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And the guitar gently weeps

OK. So the tune on one side of a 45 r.p.m. record I own may not rise to the level of George Harrison’s “My Guitar Gently Weeps” as a musical composition. And, even though it does feature a guitar, I … Continue reading

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