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Market Report: Discontinue the Cent

President Trump wants each U.S. department to cut five percent in costs. Everyone has an idea for cutting small amounts, but we have to think bigger to make a dent in a public debt that is $21 trillion and growing by about $1 trillion each year. When it comes to the U.S. Mint and Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), I have made the most cost-effective suggestion many times over the last five years: Kill the penny!

Getting Started with Hard Times Tokens

By David Schwager If all the coins in circulation went away, would you make your own? More than once in American history, people took minting...

Notes from the U.S. Mint Forum

By Mike Fuljenz On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, I attended an all-day U.S. Mint Forum held at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in...

Coins Inspire as Holiday Presents

By Mike Fuljenz In 2017, my wife, Karen, and I went to hear Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise in her excellent Christmas show. It...

Issue Highlights: January 2019

COINage: January 2019 • Gold at $5,000 an Ounce: Imagining a Soaring Yellow Metal in 2019 • 2019 and the New world Coin Order: Forecasts for...

Works of Public Art: Buyer’s Guide to Modern Commemorative Half Dollars

By David Schwager For an affordable and accessible but surprisingly interesting and nuanced series, modern commemorative half dollars are well worth considering. Commemorative coins are works...

COINage Confidential: Donald Kagin

Editor's Note: "COINage Confidential" is a column that spotlights the movers and shakers in coin collecting and shares their insider views on the hobby. Donald Kagin,...

U.S. Mint to Launch Block Island Quarter

The United States Mint is set to launch the America the Beautiful quarter honoring Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Rhode Island.

Coins Inspire as Holiday Presents

By Mike Fuljenz In 2017, my wife, Karen, and I went to hear Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise in her excellent Christmas show. It...

The First United States Mint (Part I)

Editor's Note: This is the first of a two-part series of articles about the Philadelphia Mint. Part I focuses on the beginning of the...

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