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Give us more ‘S’ mintmarked coins

For many collectors, the “S” mintmark has huge appeal. San Francisco produced many a rarity over the years. That fact alone made all coins with “S” mintmarks on them desirable. If you are of a certain age, you probably remember … Continue reading

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French speakers have found me

What’s the French word for counterfeit? I didn’t know, either, until I looked it up on Translate.Google.com. Why did I care? For some reason this week, French speakers have discovered my email address as it relates to the unique 1982-D … Continue reading

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Success derives from coin collecting

Are coin collectors more successful in life than noncollectors? I think they are, but I have no way to prove it. This is a thought that has crossed my mind many times over the years, but news of the auction … Continue reading

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First book encounter was a lasting one

I am thinking about my first Red Book. It is dated 1965. It had been published the year before, but as a kid, I didn’t know that. Even if the prices would have been considered out-of-date by seasoned collectors, that … Continue reading

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Mint forum welcome step to future

News that the United States Mint is going to reach out to kids in 2019 is welcome. If anyone can reach that age group, it is the Mint. I write this not because I think the new cartoon characters will … Continue reading

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Time for major new series of cents

The American Innovators $1 coin series is about to start. It will take us to the year 2032. The America the Beautiful series, which began in 2010, runs until early 2021. In this era of short attention spans, are we … Continue reading

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We haven’t changed much, have we?

Looking at my calendar in preparation for this issue, it occurred to me that I have an anniversary to celebrate. On Nov. 1, it will be the 50th anniversary of my placing my first order for proof sets with the … Continue reading

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Topics many don’t want to think about

Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain are death and taxes. Coin collectors are notoriously averse to thinking about either. How many heirs have contacted me over the years after the passing of a loved one? Too many. They don’t … Continue reading

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100-point scale deserves discussion

We struck pay dirt in terms of numbers of readers responding to the question of whether numismatics should change to a 100-point grading scale. “Best of Buzz” is where responses usually go. There are many appearing in the two-page section … Continue reading

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Good times once rolled for the ANA

Quick. When I say American Numismatic Association, who do you think of? If you have been a member for 40 years as I have, the first few individuals who pop into mind might very well be dead. John Jay Pittman … Continue reading

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