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Time to join ranks of loyal readers
Sat, 09 Feb 2019 18:01:15 +0000

I have retired. After nearly 41 years working at the Numismatic News office, my chair is now vacant. As I head for the door, I want to say thank you to all readers. I have never forgotten who the average … Continue reading

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The face that launched 3,225 sales
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:57:04 +0000

Before I began to write this, I blurted out to a colleague in the office that Miss Liberty on the 2019-W proof platinum $100 coin looks like actress Myrna Loy. We both laughed. Perhaps I am too much of an … Continue reading

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Coin shows the place to be for collectors
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:38:32 +0000

There are many things for me to do at coin shows, but thanks to the arrival of an email this morning, you can take a look at a video showing me engaged in one of my favorite tasks. I was … Continue reading

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Eagle sales show gathering strength
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:28:08 +0000

I drove into the office in the extreme cold this morning and was delighted to find that there is a little fire in precious metals. Gold is at $1,323.20 an ounce. Silver is $16.13 an ounce. Both are up strongly … Continue reading

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Snowbody here: Time off in winter wonderland
Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:57:01 +0000

Today is a snow day in the Numismatic News office. Actually, Monday was the snow day. Today is the “it’s too frickin cold” day off. You might have seen us poor Wisconsinites mentioned on the national weather reports. This is … Continue reading

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Silver Jefferson medal put on sale by the Mint
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:55:09 +0000

The third Presidential silver medal was put on sale Friday by the U.S. Mint. What? You didn’t notice? I will bet you were following the Apollo 11 program coin offers, weren’t you? I certainly was. The one troy ounce piece … Continue reading

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Apollo order totals just in from the Mint
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 21:47:46 +0000

Order totals just in from the Mint show no Apollo sales option is close to reaching sellout status. 19CA      2019 APOLLO 11 GOLD PROOF   15,544 19CB      2019 APOLLO 11 GOLD UNC        7,781 19CC      2019 APOLLO 11 SILVER PROOF 86,073 19CD      … Continue reading

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Could Apollo program be failure already?
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:55:09 +0000

Two things are certain this morning regarding the Apollo 11 commemorative coin program sales, which began yesterday. 1. Coin collectors did not spend more than $87 million to buy out all of the coins. 2. Conventional wisdom that the 5-ounce … Continue reading

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Who has the money for the sellout gamble?
Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:55:54 +0000

Got a spare $87,475,000? That’s what the U.S. Mint hopes to extract from coin collectors with the Apollo 11 commemorative coin program. I think it is fair to say that not everything will sell. The question this morning among potential … Continue reading

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Eagle bullion numbers leave 2018 worries behind
Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:36:29 +0000

Do statistics soothe your nerves? Diving into some numbers and figuring out their significance can distract me from a crazy day in the office. I took a look at the Mint’s sales report of bullion American Eagles. The results should … Continue reading

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