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Did You Know?: The Story of the First U.S. Coin

Hello friends. For the last several months I have been writing a column called Tips and Perspectives. I am now starting a new column called “Did You Know?” in which I will talk about all sorts of interesting and unusual … Continue reading

How Can We Inspire Young Collectors?

Not too often do I get perplexed about something that I cannot find an answer for. The problem I would like to address in this column is how to get kids involved in collecting coins. This question really hit home … Continue reading

Basics of Coin Grading: Strike

Happy Spring, finally, fellow numismatists. This column is part 3 of my 3 part series on coin grading. I have discussed luster and surface preservation. In part 3, I will be discussing strike.  It is very interesting how many strike … Continue reading

Basics of Coin Grading: Luster

Dear fellow numismatists, this is Part II of my 3 part column on coin grading. In this column I will be talking about luster. Luster is the amount of brilliance a coin exhibits and is derived from microscopic flow lines … Continue reading

Basics of Coin Grading: Surface Preservation

Hello fellow numismatists. It’s that time of year again – March Numismadness! In last month’s issue I discussed some of the basics of coin grading which was broken down into 3 basic categories, strike, luster and surface preservation. In this … Continue reading

The Basics of Coin Grading

In this month’s column I would like to talk about coin grading. Becoming a good coin grader is one of the most difficult aspects of being a proficient buyer or seller of coins. It requires “hands on” experience and not … Continue reading

Coin & Precious Metal Markets: What to Expect in 2018

Everyone at Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins sincerely hopes you had a joyous holiday season and wish you all the best in 2018.   Just when you think things couldn’t get crazier- they certainly did. From politics to markets, … Continue reading

The Importance of Shopping Local

It is the gift giving season and I am going to take a break from my normal comments on the coin and precious metals markets and focus on the benefits of buying local. I totally understand that people are busier … Continue reading

Rare U.S. Currency on Display at the INA Annual Show & Convention

The Iowa Numismatic Association is excited to announce that rare national bank notes from Davenport, Iowa banks will be on display at the INA Show and Convention October 21 and 22 at the Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino. The … Continue reading

Current Bullion and U.S. Gold Premiums

Happy end of summer everyone. As we get started in the coin show season for 2017, I would like to revisit an earlier newsletter subject of bullion and U.S. gold premiums. A few months ago I wrote about how low … Continue reading