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Finding the Right Mix: How to specialize

Being a coin collector can be like sitting down to a buffet; there are so many choices, how can one know where to start? You might start with a serving of sautéed buffalo nickel or baked wheat cent. Maybe you’ll venture into a side of silver dollars. Then you might help yourself to some vegetarian wreath cent salad. Or you can indulge in an early American copper soufflé with some prime gold coin sauce. If you take it all in at once, however, you may get a stomachache! No diner wants that, and the starting collector can be just as daunted upon entering his first coin show, like a true kid in a candy store. So what is the secret to developing successful, rewarding collecting habits? In short, specializing.
Written by Tyler Rusnak at 00:00
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Help the ANA support a commemorative coin for the Panama Canal

It’s time to reach out to your representative and join the American Numismatic Association in supporting the Panama Canal and Pan-Pacific Exhibition Centennial Celebration Act.
Written by American Numismatic Association staff at 00:00

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Cold and Icy Salem Coin Show

It was a cold and icy Salem Coin Show in December. Ice started forming on Dec. 6, 2013, and made for show set up a challenge – especially trying to get home.
Written by Danny Bisgaard at 00:00

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Liberty Head Large Cent

In 1816, designer Robert Scot designed a large cent for the U.S. Mint. The coin was comprised of 100 percent copper and had a plain edge. The coin weighed 10.89 grams with a diameter of 28 to 29 millimeters. That’s almost as big as a half dollar at 30.6 millimeters and almost as heavy as one at 11.34 grams! The obverse of the coin had a portrait of Lady Liberty and on the reverse of the coin was a wreath with the inscription “One Cent” in the center.
Written by Eric Niedzielski at 00:00

Check out the story of the 1913 Liberty Head nickel on 'Mysteries at the Museum'

The Travel Channel series "Mysteries at the Museum" will feature the story of Samuel Brown and the five 1913 Liberty Head Nickels on this week's new episode.
Written by Jake Sherlock at 00:00

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