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What’s the Value in Coin Collecting?

I remember when my son’s fourth grade class was learning about the Civil War. Like many boys and seemingly fewer girls that age judging by the feedback of my third-grade daughter at the time, the subject matter was pretty interesting. Interesting enough to do a Google search on Fort Sumter and to want to visit […]

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Civil War Tokens – Getting Started

Recently my blogs have been on Ancient Coins, but today I want to refocus back to another of my favorites – Civil War Tokens. Civil War Tokens are a popular and exciting field of Exonomia Civil War Tokens appeared in the early 1860s due to a shortage of government issued coinage.  First gold and silver […]

Should you follow the trend in the Coin Market

Should you follow the trends in the Coin Market?

Coin market trends – what are they  – and should we care? The times they are a changing wrote Bob Dylan, but although he wasn’t talking about coins we’ll capture his sentiment. Throughout the history of numismatics the coin market was varied and had its ups and downs.  One thing could be all the rage […]

How to form a great collection

How to form a great collection.

Believe it or not – A great collection need not cost a fortune. This may sound contrary to what you may hear in the coin press or media, but it is true. I can speak first hand of fine collections being formed with little cost. I myself have formed really nice collections (in my view) […]

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The best way to keep a collecting record.

You probably have many methods of keeping a record or note regarding your collection.  Perhaps you keep key information written on a coins holder.  Maybe you include notes on the receipt.  Whatever the method, I’m going to suggest that without a notebook – it’s not enough! You may be missing out on the biggest opportunity […]

I am not a literary expert.

I am not a literary expert. I like Hemingway. I enjoy his writing.  I love his short stories, but I love them retroactively.  I’ll explain. A Canary For One.  I just read it this week. It is short, 5 pages. Easy, so you would think.  Quick read. But…The dialogue is, well it is, average. The […]

Building a U.S. Type Set

Building a U.S. Type Set It can be daunting to narrow down a collecting field to specific specialty.  I have said before, I’ve explored many areas of collecting, and continue to do so. With regard to U.S. coins it was always a challenge for me to stay focused. For instance I wanted to collect Morgan […]

Collecting as a pastime – A recollection of my youth Part 2: What collecting teaches.

What collecting teaches. I always looked up to my brother, I still do.  I recall a day when we were kids.  We went to Mike’s Comic Hut on Northern Boulevard in Flushing (long gone) as we did each weekend. This time I watched as my brother handed over $45 for the Gary Carter Rookie Card. […]