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The Mint bungles another product launch
The 2017 Congratulations set sold out in about two minutes on April
4, but most hobbyists don’t consider that a good thing.
As managing editor William T. Gibbs writes in his Editorial this
week, Mint officials made a bad decision in not imposing any household
limits on purchases.
“For those of you who have been subscribers for years, this week’s
Editorial is going to sound a lot like some past ones,” he writes.
“Blame the Mint for that.”
The more you look, the more you discover
The VAM-1B variety of 1927-S Peace dollar was first reported in
2004, with collectors noting a lot of die file lines, John Roberts
reports in his About VAMs column.
The more time Roberts spent looking at the variety, however, the
more things he found wrong, and wonderful, on the coin.
“The variety has been largely unheralded since its discovery and
doesn’t command a premium over other examples of the date,” Roberts
writes. “Perhaps my newfound appreciation for it will entice others to
also take a closer look.”
How fancy do you want to get?
In his Collecting Paper column, Wendell Wolka introduces collectors
to something fancy — radars, ladders, flippers, and repeaters.
Those fun nicknames are borne by notes with fancy serial numbers,
like A12345678A or B00000001B.
“This is an area where you can make up the ‘rules’ as you go and
reincarnate the idea of going through your father’s pocket change for
coins when you were a kid,” he writes. “Now go out there and find
They’re not usually found in trunks of ancient trees
When people learn that John Kraljevich Jr. specializes in coins of
18th century America, he is often asked, “Where do you even find stuff
“There are really three places to acquire Colonial coins: auctions,
dealers, and other collectors,” he writes, and all have their advantages.
However, though it is easier to sit home and purchase coins online,
nothing substitutes for the eureka moments that happen regularly at
coin shows and club meetings, he advises.
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