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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 13, 2020

Salt River Bay Quarter a Disappointment
Is it only me, or if any other collector has found any of the Salt River Bay “W” quarters, what is their condition? It took the U.S. Mint at West Point until the first or second week of August to get them out, and the condition of them is horrendous

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U.S. Mint Basketball Coin Surprise

Wife Plays Key Role in Obtaining Basketball Coin
OK, I see people all the time that say “I got this, or I got that,” so you can say  “Hey, it’s my turn.” I had read about the Basketball coins in one of your mags, and about all there would be offered. Then we got COVID-19 and things changed

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Buffalo Model for Nickel and Notes

Buffalo Model for Nickels and Notes 
Being new at collecting coins, I have to rely on documentation to enlighten me about the coins I collect. The first book about numismatics I bought was the “Red Book,” 72nd edition of 2019.  I thought it was a fairly good book with lots of information

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Bank Employees Searching Rolls

Bank Employees Searching Rolls ‘Absolutely Ethical’
I saw “Name Withheld’s” letter, and I have to answer: it is absolutely ethical for a bank employee to search rolls. You see, banks are in the business of taking and distributing cash. They’re not under any obligation to provide you (or anyone else) specific access to collectibles

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Spotlight Organizations, Collectors in Numismatic News

Spotlight Organizations, Great Collectors in NN
As someone who only recently returned to numismatics after a 55-year hiatus, I have a lot of history to catch up on. Articles on dealers such as the re-published story on Michael O’Higgins [Page 26, June 23, 2020 issue] help me decide whether or not I might want to do business with a dealer. Such articles should include both advertisers and non-advertisers to be truly helpful (otherwise they become “infomercials”)

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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 11, 2020

Research Reveals Find Created by Chet Krause
Check out this historic find! The steel penny isn’t part of it, it’s just something I picked up at the same time. I started researching and found that this publication’s founder made these. I thought it was a cool find considering I’m in Florida

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Letters to the Editor: July 14, 2020

No Coin Shows for California
For the first time in many years, California does not have a single coin show in the listing section of Numismatic News. This happened in the June 23 edition. All shows this summer have been canceled amid dim prospects that public gatherings of over 10 people will be allowed by local governments

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Letters to the Editor: June 30, 2020

‘W’ Quarter Find Renews Collecting Passion
I would like to give my opinion on the “W” quarters program. I have been a collector for about 65 years, and in the last few years I have been keeping up on the hobby through Numismatic News but not making any new purchases.
I started looking for the “W” quarters and found one

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Letters to the Editor: June 23, 2020

‘Coin Finds’ Inspiration
I just finished reading my latest Numismatic News (April 28 issue), and I very much enjoyed the new article “Coin Finds.” Since 1999, I’ve been searching coin rolls, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and half dollars (mostly pennies and half dollars). I would like to talk about pennies

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Letters to the Editor: June 2, 2020

What Type Set is This?
I used to collect Standing Liberty quarters in Fine condition. Several of them had evidence of clash marks like a star in the field. Error coins are caused by mishaps during the production cycle and are one of a kind

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Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2020

Profitable Collecting Takes Patience
The April 14 edition of Numismatic News was excellent! Working from home has not affected your ability to put out a great product.
The “Viewpoint” by CPA Ron Thompson was insightful. With most of the piece easy to agree with, a few ideas may be viewed differently

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Letters to the Editor: May 5, 2020

Hunt Continues Despite Series ‘Roadblocks’
I have always wanted to assemble a complete collection of one or more coin denominations, but it seems there are at least one or two roadblocks in each coin series. For example, the 1916-D Liberty dime, the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, or the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, just to name a few. Going back into the 19th century gets even worse, with more and more “key dates” needed to complete a collection

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Letters to the Editor: April 28, 2020

Scout Coin Collecting Program a Great Success
Scouts from Troop 18 in Knoxville, Tenn., recently attended a Knoxville Coin & Currency Show to work on the BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge. Attending the coin show completed one of their requirements and also enabled the scouts to complete their collections requirements if they were missing any coins while assembling at home

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Letters to the Editor: April 14, 2020

1982 Small ‘D’ Cent
I’m pretty sure I found a 1982-D small-print penny. How do I go about finding its worth and selling it?
Mondo Sosa
Address Withheld

In Response to Mueller Error Coin
In regards to Christian Mueller’s error coin in the March 17 Letters section, I have been an error/die variety collector for three decades. I am also a  member of CONECA

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Letters to the Editor: March 3, 2020

New 2021 Silver Eagle Proposed Design
Again, America loses an opportunity to make a great design. The new eagle is great on the reverse, but arrows should be in the eagle’s claws, not olive branches. It continues to make America look weak just like the obverse with Walking Liberty

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 29, 2019

Cleaning a Coin
When a grading service renders a coin improperly cleaned that implies there is a way to properly clean a coin. What are those ways? I thought any kind of cleaning was a no-no!
Rodney Pelles
Toccoa, Ga.
Innovation Coins
Thanks to my e-mail alerts from the U

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 15, 2019

Finally Found a W Quarter
After looking at literally thousands of 2019 quarters, I finally found my first W mint. It is a Lowell quarter, and I didn’t find it in a bankroll. I was rolling up quarters from the pool table at work and found just this one example

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Letters to the Editor: Oct. 1, 2019

Last May 28, I filled out a Mint form telling them I was missing a bonus cent from three I was supposed to receive.
In the box they were shipped in, the three cents were in a small cellophane bag, but the ends were open and not taped or stapled. I searched every part of the shipping box and the missing cent was not there

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Letters to the Editor: August 27, 2019

Lowell W Quarter
I had a crazy couple of weeks, so I’m not sure where I received this coin. When things settled down I went through my change and found this!
That’s right! I found a Lowell W quarter! They are out there. Just keep your eyes open and keep hunting

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Letters to the Editor: July 16,2019

1986 ASE Coin Clinic Question
I noticed that Mercanti mentions the Denver Mint as a contributor in the production of the 1986 Bullion Strike ASE in his books on the subject. Does anyone know if the Denver Mint saved one? It would seem strange if they didn’t. There are no availabe records of how many were minted at Denver, either

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Letters to the Editor: July 9, 2019

2019 Floating Head Penny
I am writing to you about the 2019 Floating Head Penny from your June 4, 2019 issue of Numismatic News.
Would you answer my question regarding the article? My question is, is the head larger than the 2018 pennies?
I am concerned about the coin collectors and your subscribers. You do not apply answers that people ask you

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Letters to the Editor: June 25, 2019

2019 AMP “W” Quarters
Can anyone answer if the quarters at this event were “seeded” with 2019 AMP “W” quarters? Per the article in the May 28, 2019 issue of NN, it says there were more than 1,000 students and 200 coin enthusiasts. Someone may know that answer. Usually a bank is named in the article who was in charge of releasing the quarters, but none was listed

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Letters to the Editor (April 30, 2019)

Trio of Mnuchin signatures
On March 28, I turned in my recyclables and received from the recycling center three $1 bills, 2017 with Mnuchin signatures.
They are crisp, very uncirculated, and are of consecutive numbers.
Mitch Rudoff
Address withheld
UNC premium 2019-W cent?
You know what would be the bomb? If they [the U

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Letters to the Editor (April 16, 2019)

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Boy Scout seeks advice
I just completed the coin collecting merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America and I wanted to learn more

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Letters to the Editor (April 2, 2019)

What is the origin of this Moon Landing Coin & Stamp Commemoratives set?
Mystery coin & stamp set
I hope you can help me. I have three sets of the Moon Landing Coin & Stamp Commemoratives pictured here. I was told by a friend of mine that the post office issued these sets

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Letters to the Editor (February 26, 2019)

Circulation coin search yields 1881 Indian cent
Just a note to let you know that I found an 1881 Indian Head cent in about good; just wear, no scratches, just nice.
Bob Atwater
Conway, S.C

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Letters to the Editor (February 12, 2019)

Innovation dollar coin not needed after four flops
When will it ever stop? As the government steps into it with yet another long-drawn-out project (Innovation dollars) to last 14 years, “they” don’t realize this new series is not going to circulate.
There are already four small dollar coins just sitting in bank vaults throughout the nation because they are disliked. Why? The “paper” dollar bill is still out and circulating by the billions

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Letters to the Editor (February 5, 2019)

Photo of proof Morgan suits silver dollar collector
Thank you for the images of the proof Morgans in NN Express.
Just purchased my final Morgan dollar, an 1894. This was a collection over many years from several vendors

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Letters to the Editor (January 22, 2019)

Royal Canadian Mint now collecting sales tax
Back in 1987 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a law which exempted from Massachusetts sales tax purchases of precious metals, collectible coins and sets, which total $1,000 or greater. They left in place the Massachusetts sales tax on purchases of $999 or less.
The Royal Canadian Mint since then has not charged the Massachusetts state sales tax, but it has paid the tax to Massachusetts on behalf of its customers

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Letters to the Editor (January 1, 2019)

The wait for listing in guide slows down authentication
I have some 2015-P Homestead doubled-die reverse quarters. What I do not understand is that PCGS does not recognize this variety until it is in the Cherrypickers’ Guide. I would like to be first to have them graded by PCGS

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Letters to the Editor (December 18, 2018)

Mint does not distribute coins to local banks
It never ceases to amaze me that even the most seasoned and esteemed numismatists do not understand how United States coinage goes from manufacturing to circulation.
In Harvey Stack’s Viewpoint column (Nov. 18, 2018), he blamed the U

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Letters to the Editor (December 4, 2018)

Coin slab photo says it all, don’t you think?
Wow, Dave, I was so excited with my new purchase that I had to send you a pic right away. It is graded MS97+*, but because it has all the major stickers on it also, it should be a higher grade. I bought it for $500, but I plan to crack it out, resubmit, and then resubmit to all the sticker companies again

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Letters to the Editor (November 27, 2018)

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Innovation dollars won’t be seen by average public
Here we go again! The Mint will produce coins that probably will not circulate while the paper dollar hangs around, the “American Innovation Dollar.” From “Susie B” to now, the U

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Letters to the Editor (October 2, 2018)

Palladium Eagle Sellout and dealer offer upsetting
I’d like to let you know, which I couldn’t at the time of my previous email last week, but the good folks at a dealer that starts with an A and ends with an X notified me today that I could acquire one of the new 2018 palladium proof coins for a price of $3,300 to $3,400!
Imagine that.
I’ve heard of dealers needing to make a profit, but really, this?
This is why the Mint needs to do something to stop all the nonsense for the true collectors and customers we are, and have been. Time and again this continues to happen

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Letters to the Editor (July 17, 2018)

Stick with real coin dealers when buying coins
On the subject of counterfeit, Chinese-made Morgan dollars online, a reader asked why someone would bother to counterfeit a $30 coin. They would do this because the profit margin, expressed as a percentage of selling price, is so high. The coins probably cost them next to nothing, less than if they were selling a genuine coin

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Letters to the Editor (June 26, 2018)

Don’t overlook the silver coins in Jefferson set
Anyone who tells you that there is no coin set you can complete from beginning to end has not tried to complete the Jefferson nickel set. The set that started in 1938 and is still being minted today can still be found in change. The complete set may never be worth $50, but I still collect for the fun of finding them and the challenge of working at it

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Letters to the Editor (Feb. 6, 2018)

Copper 1943 cents make headlines, but hard to find
I was sorting through some of my older pennies/cents, and I happened to look at a 1943 penny/cent, and it appears to be be copper, at least copper coated.
Upon looking through Numismatic News, December 5 Edition, I noticed that such a coin may be worth a lot, as it is rare.
How is the best way to verify that this is indeed a error, and a rare coin

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Letters to the Editor (Jan. 23, 2018)

Blaming show-goers won’t solve hotel problem
The Viewpoint on where attendees choose to stay at various conventions misses the point that many attendees, i.e., the customers, are choosing other hotels because they consider the rooms selected by the show organizers as over-priced for what is offered or have amenities that are not needed and therefore do not wish to pay for

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Letters to the Editor (Dec. 19, 2017)

Membership decline means end for San Francisco club
It is with heavy heart and sad sorrow to report to the greater hobby and organized numismatics that the San Francisco (California) Coin Club has ceased.
Burdened with a steadily declining membership and even worse attendance, this once proud presence in California organized numismatics came to an end. A club, which once had attendance in excess of a hundred, ended with three present at its final meeting

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Letters to the Editor (December 5, 2017)

Coins’ metal reason for selective confiscation
Just to give it (maybe) some closure, I would like to (maybe) answer Bob Olekson’s question, “Why haven’t the 1913 Liberty Head nickels been confiscated (like the 1933 Double Eagles were)?” (Nov. 7). I could call him up and tell him face-to-face (sort of), but I suppose there are other readers who are wondering the same thing

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Letters to the Editor (Nov. 28, 2018)

How can you help ignite spark for next generation?
Grade school teachers are always looking for community leaders to visit their classes in order to stimulate childhood interests. I have made presentations about coin collecting to third and fourth grade students.
If every coin club sent speakers to their local schools, could a new generation of collectors be raised? Think of the possibilities

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Letters to the Editor (Nov. 14, 2017)

Silver Eagle set ‘rarities: Challenge or aggravation?
Since 1996, I have, with some difficulty, accumulated a complete collection of proof silver Eagles. The primary “difficulty” was the 2011 Anniversary set that was sold out to dealers before collectors even had a chance. As a result, I had to pay $600 for the two artificially “rare” coins in the Anniversary set

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Letters to the Editor (Oct. 17, 2017)

John Mercanti (right) signs a book for dealer Ken Viets before being approached by a retired teacher with an opinion on handwriting. Mercanti’s wife, Marianne, looks on.
Mercanti schooled on signature by retired teacher
Your experience with the “cursive collector” brought to mind a rather humorous encounter at our PAN 2016 Fall Coin Show and Convention

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Letters to the Editor (Aug. 1, 2017)

No reason to continue cent production into future
Sorry, Dave, I totally disagree with keeping the “P” mintmark on the cent in the near future. I say “near” future because I hope the Mint will come to its senses and stop making the cent and then there won’t be an issue.
The “P” mintmark on the 2017 cent was for a very special reason, the 225th anniversary of the Mint, and that makes it unique and meaningful

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Letters to the Editor (July 4, 2017)

Catherine Bullowa
Bullowa leaves legacy of tenacity, customer service
I knew Catherine Bullowa for more than half a century. Even in recent years, despite advanced age (97 at her death), she indefatigably continued to attend coin shows, her presence a testament to human perseverance. And though it was a long time since I was able to buy anything from her, it was always nice to exchange greetings

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Letters to the Editor (March 7, 2017)

Note’s serial number not, in fact, mismatched
Had a call from Bob Campbell about a letter to the editor, which I have not seen, commenting about mismatched serial numbers on the note.
Hate to break anyone’s bubble, but in checking the note, it being circulated, there’s a vertical fold on the first “6” in the left serial number that makes it appear as a “1.”
The fold is also particularly noticeable when one refers to the “SERIES OF 1934” imprint on the upper left portion of the note

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Letters to the Editor (February 14, 2017)

Fat wallet not required to enjoy early copper coins
I have read both letters by Blaine Buckman stating that large cent collectors and Early American Coppers club members are elitist. I have been a member of EAC for less than a year, and I can say that I have found this club to be as open and welcoming as could possibly be hoped for. The newsletter is awesome

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Letters to the Editor (February 7, 2017)

‘Average’ collector values history, geography in coins
Reading Dave Harper’s editorial and the Viewpoint of the Jan. 3 issue I’m responding to both giving my collection preferences and my general agreement with the Viewpoint column. I collected coins as a child with my father and probably stopped in high school and didn’t start again until I was a young man seeing the 1986 Statue of Liberty commemorative coin being issued

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Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016)

Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby
The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of many. I do believe there is elitism in any pursuit, and philately and numismatics are no exceptions

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e-letters (December 13, 2016)

We asked: Are million dollar rarities overhyped?
While the vast majority of collectors will never own a million-dollar coin – including me! – all of us can admire, appreciate and, yes, envy the stratosphere in which those historic coins orbit the hobby. Most of the time, news about the sale of seven-figure rarities generate headlines in mainstream news media, such as the recent Pogue and Newman collections auctions. And that’s good for the overall coin market

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Letters to the Editor (November 29, 2016)

Inaccurate musket depicted on Cumberland Gap quarter
As the author of over 30 books on muzzle-loading firearms, many of which were published by academic presses, I can tell with absolute certainty: there were no muzzle-loading muskets made left-handed.
There a very few muzzle-loading Pennsylvania, Kentucky, home or civilian rifles that were left-handed. The Cumberland Gap quarter shows a firearm that never was made: a left-handed musket

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e-letters (November 22, 2016)

We asked: Have you delayed any coin purchases recently because of Presidential election uncertainty?
No the presidential election has nothing to do with my coin collection.
William Johnston
San Antonio, Texas
The short answer is No. Since most of my purchases lately have been from overseas, I do not feel any impact from the Theater of the Absurd characterizing the current election

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Letters to the Editor (November 15, 2016)

Couple errors appear in Draped Bust half feature
There is one very important error in Bob Julian’s otherwise nice article on Draped Bust half cents in the Oct. 18 issue of Numismatic News. He says of the 1805s, “one variety is missing the stems and specimens bring high prices, $6,000 in Very Fine being the book value

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Letters to the Editor (August 2, 2016)

Marks’ statement on Liberty medal not officialThe front page story, “Silver medal marks Liberty’s return” (Numismatic News, July 12) reports that I “announced details of the 2016 American Liberty silver proof medal June 15.” That statement came as quite a surprise to me. Although I had the past honor to serve as the chairman of the Citizens’ Coinage Advisory Committee, I currently hold no position relative to the United States Mint and am certainly not in any authority position to “announce” a United States Mint product

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Letters to the Editor (3/3/15)

1969 $1 coin honors moon landing, EisenhowerIt is amazing how many people do not know that in 1971 the Mint put out a large dollar coin in honor of both President Eisenhower and the landing of the Eagle on the moon. Not just the under-40 crowd, but also those up to 60 years of age have no idea of an existing coin.I also have a 1969 Lincoln cent with a counterstamp between Lincoln and the rim

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Letters to the Editor (12/23/14)

Time for Miss Liberty to put on some modern dudsIn reference to Viewpoint by Aron Lawrence in the Nov. 18 issue, I would heartily agree with the idea he proposed of new designs for our coinage.Everyone loves the Standing Liberty quarter, the Morgan dollar, the Peace dollar and the Walking Liberty half, so why not marry Miss Liberty to a new design to reflect the true values of the United States: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; a design to reflect current styles and tastes?The five volumes listing the latest foreign coin values – the pinnacle of every coin reference library – are now offered as a special package

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Letters to the Editor (12/02/14)

Formula calculates number of copper cents in rollWhen visiting the bank I still ask for a few rolls of Lincoln cents when making my transactions. Cherry-picking for cents by the community at large has yielded some impressive results, and as we enter 2015, even cents from the 1970s and 1980s might start to gain in value. I’d like to speculate that finding 95 percent copper cents in a roll will soon be the new treasure hunt as most scarce coins have already been removed from general circulation

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Letters to the Editor (09/16/14)

Good ol’ days aren’t coming backThe 2015 North American Coins & Prices is the perfect all-in-one guide for the coin collector, dealer and enthusiast.Purchase your copy here!Regarding the letter from the reader bemoaning the loss of 8-ounce yogurt containers and metal caps on mayonnaise jars, I extend my sympathies, but those things aren’t coming back even if you boycott what’s available now, and I’m still trying to figure out what those things have to do with coins.As far as the absence of bank tellers go, I used to work for the second largest bank in the country, and banks have been phasing out tellers ever since ATM cards came out

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