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What is you favorite Coin mags(s) and why? What is the most compelling reason you choose it?  

6 years ago

I subscribe to The Numismatist, Coins, Coin World, The Asylum, the Esylum, the Nor'Wester, and Numismatic News.

6 years ago

The Numismatist is my primary reading because it covers the most topics from an authoritative standing. Now that all 127 years are available, my work as a writer will be greatly facilitated.


I receive the E-Sylum as the best way to stay in touch with my peers, to read the numismatic news of most interest and consequence, and to explore the many fascinating side streets of numismatics that are found in the neighborhood of Literature.

Coin World is the best newspaper. Having worked there for a year, I am prejudiced. The others are all OK for what they do. It is just that if you can pick just one, then you need the leader. That said, I am not a subscriber. My involvement in the hobby is not so deep. When I was there, I heard a complaint from a dealer that I was told I would hear sooner or later, and I did: "You people think that you are the New York Times."  They do; and with good reason: I was one two editorial staffers who was not a journalism school graduate. The other magazines do have some journalists. The late Alan Herbert was a war correspondent before discovering coin collecting. Coin World is more consistent, more professional, and  more demanding.  More than once, I heard Paul Gilkes putting the screws to someone at Treasury or the Mint. Coin World does not curry favor with anyone.

What I like about the Krause papers - Numismatic News, World Coin News, Bank Note Reporter - is that they are people-oriented. Their "grip and grin" photos show you who's who.

6 years ago

Wil, in another thread you asked about the difference between Coin World weekly and monthly: Which is the better deal? I can only suggest that you measure your own activity in the hobby. If you buy coins weekly, say a coin a week or $100 a week or a coin a month at $500, something like that, you might find the weekly very much a bargain.  


If you have other hobbies, a family, an active career, or something that really competes for time, then the monthly read is all you can reasonably manage. If you are not acquiring a lot, but just want to broaden your horizons, then the monthly might be better.

Myself, also, I take some advice from old machinists and carpenters: when you need a tool, buy the best one you can reasonably afford. 

6 years ago

thank you, I went ahead and subscribed to the weekly, But for some reason when I tried to register it cant find my address on file. I cant find a person other then editorial staff to contact so I tweeted their twitter page.. Do you still work for them?

6 years ago

This might seem old-fashioned but we are a hobby for collectors of old things: Send a letter to Customer Service, Coin World, 911 South Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365.  Tell them your problem and give them email and/or phone number for yourself.  


(I have not worked for them in 15 years.) 


6 years ago

Just my two cents worth. I currently subscribe to the both the weekly and monthly formats of Coin World. When my subscription is up I plan on switching to just the monthly. In my opinion the monthly repeats all of the important stories from the weekly. In addition when you sign up for there email push then you will also get news stories on an almost daily basis. It ends up feeling like you are getting the same stories over and over.

6 years ago

The Numismatist, Numismatic News and Coin World for all the reasons stated above!

6 years ago
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