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Type coins stay strong at year end

Precious metals have been somewhat tame as they await the outcome of yet another eurozone summit. I still like silver best, but who knows? The type coin market continues to surprise many with its resilience. Seasoned collectors and professionals realize how scarce and rare many issues are. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: New 5-Ounce Silver Sales Good

The 2011 America the Beautiful silver 5-ounce collector coin honoring Olympic National Park in Washington got off to a good start with sales of 5,923 in the first two days it was offered by the United States Mint. Continue reading

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Fuljenz buys Medal of Honor dollars

With the U.S. Mint’s mid-December sales cutoff approaching, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is praising an 11th hour effort by a prominent Texas coin dealer to boost lower than anticipated sales of the commemorative 2011 Medal of Honor uncirculated silver dollars. Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Rapid sellout shows need for fixes

Two of the coins in the 25th anniversary silver American Eagle set are only available in the set. Rather than strike more sets as this week’s poll question asks, a fair compromise would be for the Mint to strike 50,000 or 100,000 more of these unique coins, and then give collectors the chance to purchase them, one each per customer, one each per household per day, up to a limit of three of each per household. Continue reading

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Mint ships early

Shipments to buyers of the Mint’s 25th anniversary silver American Eagle sets began Nov. 8, about three weeks earlier than expected. Frustrated collectors who were unsuccessful in obtaining one of the 100,000 sets priced at $299.95 each on Oct. 27 faced the prospects of paying higher prices on the secondary market. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: 5-oz program is so yesterday

The sellout magic very obviously has departed from the America the Beautiful 5-ounce program. Sales of the 2011-P uncirculated collector versions of the Gettysburg and Glacier coins are just crawling along. The three 2011 bullion coins still available saw no additional sales at all this week. Continue reading

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Special factors buffet Morgan prices

Making assumptions based on mintages regarding the prices of coins can be a dangerous thing to do. A small mintage does not by definition mean that a coin will be tough and expensive today. Continue reading

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Anniversary set sellout draws ire

Complaints from collectors who were unable to purchase any of the 100,000 25th anniversary American Eagle sets offered Oct. 27 have put the U.S. Mint on the defensive. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Weak demand looks puzzling

You already know about the 25th anniversary American Eagle set sellout from the front page, so let’s ask the really important question: Is there something about the 2011-W uncirculated silver American Eagle collector coin where once it is sold it won’t stay sold? What’s up? Continue reading

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Proof silver Eagle premium up sharply

Set-up day at the tri-annual Long Beach Expo was very hot. The heat put a damper on dealer activity because they have no AC with the big loading dock doors open. Precious metals although coming back had taken a major hit in the previous 24 hours. The activity was at least at normal levels with a substantial number of new booths. It was certainly good to walk in and see 20, perhaps as many as 40 more tables. Someone has done the right thing here. Continue reading

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