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Are Coin Shows A Big Disappointment?
There have been many letters to the editors in various coin publications regarding the pros and cons of coin shows. Many writers complain about coin dealer packing up early at the end of the show especially if the coin show is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Most letters have been from eithe
Is Silver Losing Steam?
When April arrives, the second anniversary of silverís near miss in regaining its 1980 price of $50 an ounce will be upon us. The present price is hovering at around $30 a troy ounce. this is roughly where it was in 2011 when its price started to shoot upwards towards it record value. Will silver me
The Innovation That Transformed Roman Society
In the month of November A.D. 284 a dispirited Roman army was marching westward after a campaign against the Persians. En route, the emperor Numerian was found dead in his litter. The Roman army executed his murderer and chose one of their own commanders, Diocles--better known as Diocletian--as thei
1942/41 Mercury Dime Error
Error coins of the past century comprise a special group. Due to improved production methods, there were not as many error coins produced. the error coins that do exist became spectacular ones.
Worthy Coin Lost In The Crowd
One would have to wonder what went wrong with the sales projections for a half dollar commemorative coin that honors the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam. Only 18,028 of the half dollars have been sold. The Battle of Antietam was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. When the battle wa
Yap Island Money
Historically money has come in many different forms. Granted people are used to money in the forms of metal coins and paper currency. However the people of a particular Pacific island had what would have to be the most unusual form of money known to exist. I am referring to the island of Yap in the
Vending Interests Have Say On New Coins
One of the biggest parts of any discussion on changing the composition of coins has to take vending machine into consideration. If the vending machine canít recognize your coins, you arenít going to get that Snickers bar you have been craving all day.
The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin
Yes you read the title right! Once upon a time silly ideas that were introduced to the public would be laughed at and then quietly disappear hopefully forever.
Only Crooks And Poor People Use Cash
Did that title get your attention? It certainly grabbed my attention. However current trends for a cashless society are putting coins on the endangered species list.
Swedish Plate Money
While Sweden is not renowned for any major concentrations of precious metals, it was renowned for its early 17th century holdings of copper of which it had plenty. As we are all aware copper has less intrinsic value per ounce than gold, silver, or platinum. A copper coin that is intended to store a
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