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My Two Cents’ Worth: Making Cents of the Nickel
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Making Cents of the Nickel

“Two cents’ worth” is a phrase with serious negative connotations for the U.S. Mint these days. I don’t mean the “two cents’ worth” in the title of this column—though I’ve given enough grief to the Mint through the years to wear out any welcome I ever had. Read Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s entire column.

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My Two Cents’ Worth: The Other Big Change of 1965
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: The Other Big Change of 1965

For coin collectors, 1964 was a year of momentous events. The Kennedy half dollar made a dramatic debut. Proof set production surged to nearly 4 million. Read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Many Happy Returns

Coins are good investments. Most of us accept that statement almost as a tenet of faith—even when we try to convince ourselves that we seek and save these shiny handheld objects primarily for pleasure and satisfaction. Read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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My Two Cents’ Worth: A Golden Year
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: A Golden Year

Where were you when COINage first came out? Unless you’re now 50 or older, it’s likely that you weren’t even born yet— for this magazine hit the stands for the very first time not quite half a century ago, with an issue dated Winter 1964. Read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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My Two Cents’ Worth: A Tribute to a Treasured Curator
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: A Tribute to a Treasured Curator

Recently, the curatorial staff of the Numismatic Collection came up with the idea of freshening it, and strengthening weaker areas, by launching a new endow- ment fund in the name of Richard G. Doty, the collection’s senior curator, who died in June at the age of 71. Read Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s entire column here A […]

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My Two Cents’ Worth: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose
Sunday, September 29th, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose

Two heads are better than one, so they say—but two heads plus two tails might turn out to be a case of subtraction by addition. That’s what I fear would happen if Congress adopted the ill-conceived and clumsily named American Liberty Coinage Program and Deficit Reduction Act recently introduced by a Kentucky congressman named Garland “Andy” Barr. Read […]

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My Two Cents’ Worth: Deep in the Heart of Taxes
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Deep in the Heart of Taxes

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin is credited with penning that oft-quoted rueful lament. Read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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My Two Cents’ Worth: Is Special JFK Coinage in Store?
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Is Special JFK Coinage in Store?

Early this year, I suggested in this column that a one-time commemorative coin–perhaps a silver dollar–be issued to mark the 5oth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s shocking assassination. This, I said, would be a way to channel the grief still felt keenly by read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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My Two Cents’ Worth: Throwing Collectors a Curve Ball
Monday, July 8th, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: Throwing Collectors a Curve Ball

Next year is the 75th anniversary of Cooperstown’s pride and joy—an occasion at least as important as the 100th anniversary of the Lions Clubs International, for which Congress has seen fit to authorize a special silver dollar in 2017. Read Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s entire column here.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 by

My Two Cents’ Worth: 75 and Counting

On the highway of life, major road markers tend to appear at 25-year intervals. That’s why so much emphasis is placed on silver and gold wedding anniversaries and 25- and 50-year class reunions. That’s also why most commemorative coins celebrate anniversaries divisible exactly by the number “25.” Read the rest of Senior Editor Ed Reiter’s column here.

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