Don’t turn off incoming new coin collectors

There is a movie called “When Harry Met Sally.” If they make a movie about current numismatics, they could title it “Old Hobby Meets New Hobby.” This interaction is going to determine how coin collecting evolves over the next generation. For the generation that began coin collecting in the 1950s or 1960s, you looked at […]

Collectors find the time to spend with coins

When I was a kid, summer vacation was the time of year when I spent enormous amounts of time on coin collecting. This memory inspired me to ask the following question in our Friday e-newsletter: “Do the holidays keep you from spending time on coin collecting?” I wondered if the rush of family activities might […]

Will new collectors treat paper money like gold?

It has been a couple of months since the United States Mint website on Aug. 31 took over marketing paper money collectible products from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. I expect this has improved both paper visibility and sales. Coin collectors have mixed feelings about paper money. Some like it. Most are indifferent to […]

Coin collectors might need to get out of the way

Hitchhikers don’t lay across the road to get a passing driver to stop his vehicle. That is a good way to get killed. Instead, the hitchhiker tries to catch a ride with someone going his way. Are we in coin collecting, in our zeal to promote it, laying in the road rather than going with […]

Tax reality starts to clobber coin collectors

It does not pay to be a coin collector in Wisconsin. Or a paper money collector, for that matter. As the phrase goes, “reality bites.” Stack’s Bowers Galleries has issued a statement to its clients of what it needs to do after the Supreme Court decided that business needs to collect sales taxes on behalf […]

Will collectors like new coin buying website?

Can a website catering to stamp collectors break into the new issue coin market? Moreover, can a foreign website with prices in British pounds sterling appeal to coin collectors in the American market? Those are the two key questions facing a website called WOPA+. Admittedly, I had never heard of it, but that is not […]

Math test could earn collectors a profit

Have you ever done the math puzzles where a series of numbers are laid out and then you are asked what the next number is? Try it this morning. The numbers are 106,108, 39,281, 18,730 and 9,503. What is the next number in the sequence? The answer is something we would all like to know […]

Collectors divide on beauty of proofs

Collector opinions seem to be split roughly right down the middle when it comes to comparing reverse proofs to regular proofs. The ongoing sale of the 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set prompted me to ask readers about them. Results of our online poll show 43 percent think reverse proofs are less beautiful than […]