The Stars and Stripes have been getting a little more press lately with the election of our new president. He has stated his preference for a policy making the desecration of the American flag by burning a criminal offense. The Supreme Court in its 1989 decision in Texas v. Johnson made flag burning a legally accepted form of expression protected by the First...
The author just returned from a trip to a friend’s house where they spent a wonderful weekend immersed in their collections. It has been a long time since Karoleff has had the opportunity to share “numismatic geek” time like this. It reminds him of the reasons he collects these interesting coins. All too often, significant collections of coins are amassed only to be...
The market for Bust coins by die marriage has developed into a multi-tiered marketplace that cannot be covered by traditional price guides. As die marriage collecting developed, "A Guide Book of United States Coins," also known as the “Red Book,” gave the value of the more common die marriages.
You can begin collecting the coinage engraved by John Reich by focusing on 1834 and not have to worry about any pesky rare die marriages stopping you.
In August of 2010 I wrote a column talking about the bulges collectors find on Bust coins, especially dimes from the years of 1814 and 1820.
The thought of keeping something of value on hand for emergencies is no longer a forethought of the current generation.
The greatest teacher, and most unforgiving, is experience. I often call it the University of Hard Knocks.
We often take for granted the people we meet in the hobby. The passing of my good friend John Burns has forced me to reflect.