From all indications, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) is an earnest, well-meaning panel that does its best to steer U.S. coinage art in a positive direction. … Why, then, have so many new coins issued in the decade since the CCAC’s founding read the rest of Ed Reiter’s column here.
My Two Cents
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.