Category Archives: Community Voice

Activities and Projects During COVID

From the Aug. 14 Numismatic News e-newsletter
What non-collecting activities or projects have you taken up in light of hobby events being canceled?
Here are some responses from e-newsletter readers.
 
Without coin shows for these past several months, I have had a lot of time to read books and coin magazines (especially Numismatic News), and tend to my garden

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Buying and Selling Gold Bullion Coins

From the Aug. 7 Numismatic News e-Newsletter
Have you bought or sold gold bullion coins during this modern-day “gold rush?” Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
No

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Community Voice Response: Aug. 25, 2020

From the July 31 Numismatic News e-Newsletter.
What’s your level of trust in gold’s record-high performance?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I’m confident gold will hit $2,500

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Community Voice Response: Aug. 11, 2020

from the July 17, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Have you come across counterfeits or suspected fakes during your time in the hobby? If so, what have you seen?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I’ve gotten a few fake ancients at different times, one even fooled two high-ranking dealers/collectors. Thankfully I got refunds on them all

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Community Voice Response: Aug. 4, 2020

From the July 10, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you collect coins?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I have changed nothing due to COVID.
Brian Schneider
via Facebook
 
Now that all of the coin shows and conventions are canceled, I am saving a lot of money

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Community Voice Response: July 10, 2020

From the July 3, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Do you purchase coin lots when adding to your collection? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I have searched for and bought coin lots locally for many years. Putting ads in local papers and being able to buy coins and compete “collections” has helped me build the majority of my collection

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Community Voice Response: July 14, 2020

From the June 19, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Do you think it’s a good idea for the ANA to relocate the 2020 World’s Fair of Money to another state?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
Yes, they should move it if they can have a show this year.
Lee Quast
High Ridge, Mo

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Community Voice Response: June 30, 2020

From the June 4 Numismatic News e-Newsletter
What type of content would you like to see in Numismatic News that isn’t currently included?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I would like to see a regular feature about building a typeset on a budget.   Maybe regularly pick a coin and see what can be purchased for $200-$300

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Community Voice Response: June 23, 2020

From the May 29, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How big of a role do auction results play in your collecting approach?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Auction results play some part in my collecting decisions; if I had to place this on a percentage basis, I’d say that auctions represent at least 20 percent, taking into consideration other factors that may/may not impact collecting decisions.
Ron Tartarella
Plano, Texas
 
None at all

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Community Voice Response: May 22, 2020

From the May 22, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
With the cancellation of coin shows, has your online buying and selling activity increased? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Yes, my online buying has increased substantially, especially since March of this year. I typically buy American Silver Eagles each month, but they have become very scarce and at such a high premium, that I have moved onto other sources (online)

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Community Voice Response: June 9, 2020

From the May 15, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
What are you doing to help encourage the next generation to take up coin collecting?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I am offering thousands of coins on the internet, scientifically described and not slabbed, to let new collectors get the emotional feeling which can’t be experienced in a plastic environment.
Dr

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Community Voice Response: June 2, 2020

From the May 8, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Are you exploring a new collecting avenue during COVID or focusing on your current collection?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Staying with my existing collection, organizing, documenting coins, and at the same time taking a break.
Name and Address Withheld
 
I am exploring a new avenue

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Community Voice Response: May 12, 2020

From the April 17, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How do you think the landscape of the hobby will look once the pandemic is over and the market settles down?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Primary sales will be online and auctions. Face-to-face purchases will be reduced considerably

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Community Voice Response: May 5, 2020

From the April 10, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Do you think the “W” quarters with privy marks are a good way for the Mint to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
It is a great idea as long as this is not to make it easier for the Mint-contracted coin dealers to more readily identify the 2020-W quarters because they let some slip through to consumers and collectors in 2019.
Metro East Coin & Currency Club
via Facebook
 
It seems that such a world-changing event should have at least earned the entire reverse of a coin, not just a privy mark

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Community Voice Response: April 28, 2020

From the April 3, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How have your coin/bullion buying and selling habits changed in light of the coronavirus bearing down on the United States?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I have been trying to buy when I can in different amounts and types so I can just keep adding to my bullion totals. Nothing too aggressive just basic silver 1-ounce rounds, 90 percent silver and maybe the occasional 1/10-ounce gold Eagle

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Community Voice Response: April 14, 2020

From the March 20, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How are you occupying your time during social distancing?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I am refreshing myself by grading my coin collection. This entails some 10,000 pieces-plus in my uncertified collection

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Community Voice Response: Fri, March 13 eNewsletter

From the March 13, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How have the economic and travel impacts of the coronavirus affected your current collecting approach?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I will miss connecting with my fellow collectors. In the age of cocooning, the bourse is dynamic

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Community Voice Response: March 31, 2020

From the March 6, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
What coin or coin series do you consider to be the most underrated?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Franklin half dollars.
Peter Gehrke
Address withheld
 
The large cent

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Community Voice Response: Feb. 28, 2020

From the Feb. 28, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
We are less than a year away from the end of the Mint’s America the Beautiful quarters program. Are you still collecting them?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers

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Community Voice Response: e-Newsletter Feb. 14

From the Feb. 14, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Are you concerned about the ever-increasing tax requirements that affect coin dealers? What impact do you think it will have on the hobby?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I used to be a part-time dealer for a few years; it wasn’t a business and I wasn’t in it for the money

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Community Voice Response: March 3, 2020

From the Feb. 7, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Have you come across any error coins in circulation or in an inherited collection? If so, what was it?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I’ve found a few “BIE” error coins,  a couple of RPMs, some strike-throughs, and a couple die breaks

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With Brexit now a certainty, will you be watching for Brexit commemorative coins to be issued?

From the Jan. 31, 2020 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
With Brexit now a certainty, will you be watching for Brexit commemorative coins to be issued?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
As an English numismatist for 60 years, but as a convinced European, I am deeply resentful that my hobby is being sullied by the official issue of a coin to mark such an unworthy event

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Community Voice Response: eNewsletter Jan. 24

From the Jan. 24, 2020 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Will you purchase a 2020 coin or medal commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Yes, if it is reasonably priced to match my budget

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Community Voice Response: Jan. 1, 2020

From the Dec. 13 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
What are your numismatic resolutions for the new year?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
One of my numismatic resolutions is to do what I can to make sure coin collector’s concerns are represented and NOT deep-pocket businesses

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Community Voice Response: Dec. 24, 2019

From the Nov. 28 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Do you collect numismatic items marking the Chinese Lunar New Year? If so, what types of items do you collect?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
 
I collect various Chinese Lunar coins depending on the occasion

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Community Voice Responses: Nov. 19, 2019

From the October 25 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How has your involvement with a club or organization enhanced your hobby experience?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers
 
The smartest decision I made was to join the Charlotte Coin Club years ago. There’s a huge amount of knowledge among the members that they are always willing to share. Plus, there are always some good deals available for purchase

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Community Voice Responses: Nov. 5, 2019

From the October 4 Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Is attracting speculators good or bad for the hobby?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers
 
Some are good and some not so good. I’ve been collecting coins for a long time and like (some)other collectors, haven’t really thought much about grading if the coin looks good and it’s clean (not cleaned). I belong to several coin clubs & if I ask for some comments on grading, then I get lots of different comments

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Community Voice Response: October 22, 2019

From the September 27 Numismatic News E-Letter
Do you prefer participating in online auctions or in-person auctions and why?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter reader
 
I prefer live auctions. I enjoy the presence of fellow collectors and the opportunity to view the coins in person.
James L

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Community Voice Responses: Oct. 15, 2019

From the September 19 Numismatic News E-Letter
The ANA is asking about the location for future World’s Fair of Money shows. What do you think? Stay in Chicago, continue rotating, or move somewhere else?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter reader
 
I think it should move somewhere else.
Jay (Last name withheld)
Address Withheld
 
Keep it in Chicago

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Community Voice Responses: Oct. 8, 2019

From the September 13 Numismatic News E-Letter
Why do you think sales of the U.S. Mint’s American Legion 100th anniversary coins have not taken off as the Apollo 11 coins did?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter reader
 
They are not doing as well because almost all modern commemoratives have lost 50-75% of their original purchase price

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Community Voice Responses: Oct. 1, 2019

From the September 6 Numismatic News E-Letter
If you had an unlimited budget, would you buy an 1879 Coiled Hair Stella or an 1894-S Barber dime?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter reader
 
I have collected many things in the past (baseball cards, stamps, fossils, wildflowers, etc.)  Right now I am collecting books – primarily Zane Gray and John Grisham.  In general, once I get two of anything I start thinking maybe I should start a collection

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If you had an unlimited budget, would you buy an 1879 Coiled Hair Stella or an 1894-S Barber dime?

From the August 29 Numismatic News E-Letter
If you had an unlimited budget, would you buy an 1879 Coiled Hair Stella or an 1894-S Barber dime?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers
 
I would buy a decent selection of 19th-Century Italian gold.
Krzysztof Fordonski
via Facebook
 
The Stella.
John Veach
via Facebook
 
Both? The 1894-S dime certainly gets more notoriety, though

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Community Voice Responses: Sept. 17, 2019

From the August 23 Numismatic News E-Letter
Are Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies a threat to the coin collecting hobby?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers
 
No. The more people are satisfied with fake coins, the more real coins for me.
Mark Silverman
Chicago, Ill

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Community Voice Responses: Sept. 10, 2019

From the August 16 Numismatic News E-Letter
What’s the best deal you have ever gotten that made you feel a bit guilty?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Best deal? I don’t know if this qualifies, but an elderly patron of the bar I worked gave me an envelope that said 28 foreign coins. I didn’t have time to look at it then because it was so busy

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Community Voice Responses: Aug 27, 2019

From the August 2 Numismatic News E-Letter
Should the IRS be taxing Precious Metals IRA purchases?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Yes, tax the IRA bullion at time of purchase then eliminate tax at time of sale like the Roth IRA.    
Joe Gorak
Carlsbad, Calif

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Community Voice Responses: Aug 20, 2019

From the July 26 Numismatic News E-Letter
Do you support the legislation to authorize the production of 2021 Morgan & Peace silver dollars?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Why not sell them as souvenirs of great collector coins? The mint, grading firms, modern coin dealers, tv show sellers will cash in big time. I’ll buy one example direct from the source if they make that possible

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Community Voice Responses: August 13, 2019

From the July 12 Numismatic News E-Letter
Has the inclusion of a 2019-W  Lincoln Cent in select Mint products influenced your buying decision this year?  Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I had set plans to purchase each of the Mint’s Proof, Mint and Silver sets prior to the inclusion of the W-minted cents.  While I was not influenced personally, I did purchase an extra set of each for my younger brother and lifelong collecting partner

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Community Voice Responses: August 6, 2019

From the July 12 Numismatic News E-Letter
What tips/advice do you have for new collectors looking to find error coins?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Read, read, and read some more, books that is. Online info is also a good source if from from a reliable expert

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Community Voice Responses: July 30, 2019

From the July 5 Numismatic News E-Letter
What do you find most interesting about the SS Central America shipwreck finds?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I find most interesting are the San Francisco Mint Reserves, particularly the gold coins like that Double Eagle 1857-S with 970,000 minted, how many nice pieces will be returned to the collector market and how it will affect prices. Not that I can afford one mind you

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Community Voice Responses: July 16, 2019

From the June 21 Numismatic News E-Letter
Would you buy a coin that has not been authenticated?
If so, when? If not, why?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
For the most part, yes. But if there are any questions about high value or key date coinage, it’s an extra bird in the hand so to speak

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Community Voice Responses: July 2, 2019

From the June 7 Numismatic News E-Letter
What rare coins will be popular in 100 years?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
The Liberty of Thought  (aka Mercury) Silver Dime will always be a collector’s item as well as Walking Liberty Half Dollars. And any of the nineteenth century coins will demand collector interest, especially Bust type

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Community Voice Responses: June 25, 2019

From the May 31 Numismatic News E-Letter
Do you think a numismatic sales slump will hit this summer? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
While the rarest coins in the highest MS/PR grades should not be affected, as there is a lot of money sloshing around among the nouveau riche [think: Silicon Valley IPO billionaires], the long-term prospects for the rest of the market are negative, simply because of the supply/demand curve. Have you walked around a coin show lately? If so, what percentage of those in attendance were Millennials?  Or even below age 50? Simply put, the hobby that the Baby Boom generation embraced is not being picked up by our younger generations in the numbers required to balance the supply and demand

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Community Voice Responses (June 4, 2019)

From the April 26 Numismatic News E-Letter
Following the conclusion of the Central States Numismatic Convention in Chicago, we’d like to know what you think the most important role of coin shows is within the hobby?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Oh boy is it ever important to go to a coin  show, look at the items up close, and to NOT buy them based on a claim or a picture shown on the internet!
Tom Demaree
Fridley, Minn.
 
The Major Shows across the Country are useful to those who can afford to travel to them, and rub elbows with true professionals within Numismatics

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Community Voice Responses (February 19, 2019)

From the Jan. 25 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should the Mint deliberately put a doubled-die cent into circulation?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I think they should! It would certainly get people looking! Might increase cash usage in order for people to get change back as well

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Community Voice (February 12, 2019)

From the Jan. 18 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Would you prefer the bronze 1943 cent as a gift to the 1885 Trade dollar?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Having sold a 1943-P “BRONZE” Lincoln Head cent in MS-61 RB (PCGS) in December of 1999, I would rather own an additional example for a “gift” as opposed to an 1885 Trade Dollar even though only FIVE are known to exist

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Community Voice Responses (February 5, 2019)

From the Jan. 11 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should the Mint abolish proof sets and sell all proof coins individually?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I would surely hope they wouldn’t do away with the proof set! I love the look when the package is all nice and neat, and the group together wouldn’t just be the same split up with no offering for a complete set

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Community Voice Responses (December 25, 2018)

From the Nov. 30 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Are coin collectors and dealers winning the battle against counterfeits?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
No, I don’t think that they are winning the battle at all! I think as numismatists we all must do our part when we see something that is fake, but how is it possible to keep up with the counterfeiters when the government is so lax on their approach?
I try to personally go on eBay a few times a month and report the counterfeiters, and they just keep popping up

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Community Voice Responses (November 27, 2018)

From the Nov. 2 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Are too many attractive coin offers tempting you to overspend?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Not after the past few years of being taught lessons by the United States Mint allowing large coin stores to purchase the unlimited offers just to attempt to later sell them to me in certified MS70 holders

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Community Voice Responses (November 6, 2018)

From the Oct. 12 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Will you check your 2007 proof dollar sets for edge rarity?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
What, and bust up the lenses of this year, for a remote chance of striking it rich? As far as the value goes, anybody can ask any price they want

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Community Voice Responses (October 23, 2018)

From the Sept. 28 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Does adding a stamp make Breast Cancer half dollar set more valuable?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I have a sneaking suspicion that it will, not so much because of the added stamp but because of the low number of sets being made available

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Community Voice Responses (September 18, 2018)

From the August 24 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Do you look for coin and bullion sellers where you don’t have to pay sales taxes?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
No, I don’t need to. I don’t care for bullion per se; I can buy all the collector coins I could ever afford at local estate auctions

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Community Voice Responses (August 28, 2018)

From the August 3 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Would you advise your mother to invest her money in gold coins?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Investments should be made on a portfolio approach, with a mix of different equities, bonds and hard assets. Hard assets should probably be limited to 10 percent (at most 20 percent) of any investment portfolio

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Community Voice Responses (June 5, 2018)

From the May 11 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Do Morgan dollars beat Lincoln cents as the most popular collector coins?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
This is an excellent question. There is much to commend Morgan dollars: availability at all price points including Mint State examples; the size of the coin; and its place in history

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Community Voice Responses (Feb. 27, 2018)

(Photo courtesy Phil Arnold Professional Coin Grading Service)
From the Feb. 2 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Are you willing to pay more for coins that were once sunken treasure?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I have a collection of shipwreck coins, but the premiums (and my budget) have forced me out of the market

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Community Voice Responses (Oct. 3, 2017)

From the Sept. 8 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should Treasury Secretary Mnuchin keep Andrew Jackson on the $20?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Most definitely yes! Regardless of any individual’s contribution to our society, nobody but Liberty or past presidents should be honored on our currency

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Community Voice Responses (Sept. 26, 2017)

From the Sept. 1 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Were buyers of Enhanced Uncirculated Sets justified in canceling their orders?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
It appears that once the speculators and dealers realized that they were not going to make large profits on the limited edition Enhanced Uncirculated Sets, they started cancelling orders

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Community Voice Responses (Aug. 15, 2017)

From the July 21 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should you be a more active buyer when coin prices are dropping?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
When prices drop it could present an opportunity for a collector to pick up wish list pieces at an affordable price. Of course if you are looking for an investment, that could be a different story

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Community Voice Responses (Aug. 1, 2017)

From the July 7 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Are coin auction pedigrees important to you?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Dumb question: What is a coin pedigree?
Name withheld
Editor’s note: Records are kept of who owned important coins, when and how they sold and at what price.
 
I’m not sure if I totally grasp the question

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Community Voice Responses (July 25, 2017)

From the June 30 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Will celebrity autographed slabs make the coins in them more valuable?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Depending on how important the celebrity is and the number of slabs signed, the signature could make the slabs significantly more valuable. This is because the coin collecting hobby will be merged with the autograph collecting hobby; more hobbyist demand may translate into greater value

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Community Voice Responses (June 27, 2017)

From the June 2 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Does celebrity involvement help persuade people to collect coins?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
I have been collecting coins for nearly 35 years with a huge variety of coins thus far. I am not at all influenced by celebrities in anything that I do, much less for anything as important as coin collecting

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Community Voice Responses (June 13, 2017)

From the May 19 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Should the ‘P’ mintmark stay permanently on all Philadelphia cents?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Yes. I’ve been collecting from the late ’60s and I always thought it was a bit odd that coins from Philadelphia didn’t have a mintmark, while all other mints do

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Community Voice Responses (March 7, 2017)

From the Feb. 10 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Do you think cents are worth searching for valuable errors?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
After going through a large pile of wheat cents and happening upon a nicer grade 1942 “D over S,” which I subsequently sold at my local coin club, I would have to say yes

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Community Voice Responses (February 14, 2017)

From the Jan. 20 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:
Will you check your change to find the new ‘P’ mintmarked 2017 cent?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.
 
Why wouldn’t anyone into pennies/coins look for the mintmark, especially if the Mint didn’t plan to include it? I look at all change received, so I’ll look for the “P” mintmark, closely

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Community Voice Responses (6/16/2015)

From the May 22 Numismatic News E-Newsletter:Do you think sales of $100,000+ coins help raise values for all collector coins?Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers to Editor Dave Harper.No, I don’t think the sale of $100,000 coins raises the value of “collector coins,”  however I believe that it’s good for the hobby when the media covers and reports such monumental sales. It raises awareness of coin collecting in general

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