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Thoughts on Rarity, Part II

Thoughts on Rarity, Part II

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Like everything else in this world, coins are subject to the supply and demand system. If the supply of something is small to almost non-existent, even moderate demand causes a shortage. Desire for a certain item (in this case a coin) that has a limited quantity causes the price to go up, as there are not enough to go around. If a greater supply suddenly appears the price could drop, and if demand grows the value goes up. 
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Thoughts on Rarity, Part I

Thoughts on Rarity, Part I

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

Every hobby has rarities. In this way collecting coins is no different than collecting stamps, artifacts, paintings, trading cards or anything else.

In the early days of the United States politicians, ambassadors and wealthy individuals in America started collecting coins for education and pleasure.  People like the famous Adams Family who traveled to Europe extensively on diplomatic ventures brought home with them various coins of other nations and saved them.  
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The National Numismatic Collection Re-Opening 2015: An Exhibit to Remember August 11, 2015

The National Numismatic Collection Re-Opening 2015: An Exhibit to Remember August 11, 2015

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The following article is excerpted from Harvey Stack’s article published online at Coinweek.com, July 16, 2015.

On July 15, 2015, the National Numismatic Collection was returned to the displays at the Smithsonian.  For close to a decade, portions of the National Collection were not exhibited as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian was reduced in size and the museum went through major renovation.

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The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part Four

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics, Part Four

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

The electronic world has changed the way things are happening, but I still feel it is not the only tool needed to be a collector. Perspective can be gained by reviewing the past and comparing it to the present. While more and more information is available on the Internet (if one knows how and where to look), there is much that is not. Actual printed documents offer readers the ease of reviewing and making notes. I find that information found on the Internet is often printed out, thus becoming the “printed word.” 

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Summertime in Numismatics

Summertime in Numismatics

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

“Summertime and the Living is Easy,” as the song from Porgy and Bess goes. Welcome to my latest blog set in the twilight of the month of July. While summer is vacation time for many, numismatics knows no season, although it does slow down. While no figures are available, I might guess that 10% to 15% of our clients are off to National Parks, visiting tourist sites and cities, cruising, or somewhere other than their homes and offices. Today, keeping in touch by email is the reality, including bidding live at auctions, so no one needs to miss much.

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The Demise of the Printed World in Numismatics, Part Three

The Demise of the Printed World in Numismatics, Part Three

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

A few weeks ago I started writing about some comments made by David Harper of Numismatic News at the Texas Numismatic Association Show in early June regarding the demise of the printed word in numismatics. I took a break to talk about the new $10 bill, as that was current in the news. I now return to give a few of my thoughts about the future of printed information in our hobby.

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 An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part 2

An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

As I noted in last week’s article, changes on United States money can result in mixed reactions among the public and the numismatic community. Most recently, there has been much discussion and press regarding the upcoming change in the ten-dollar bill and the plan to replace the portrait of Alexander Hamilton with that of an important woman from American history. 
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An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part I

An Opinion on the New Ten-Dollar Bills, Part I

By Harvey G. Stack, Founder

I have been hearing quite a bit about the new ten-dollar bill and the proposed design change for it. I recently wrote a letter to a friend regarding this subject, and am using some of my opinions and comments from that letter in this column.

It seems to me that when a change is proposed for our coinage or paper money there are often rumors and conflicting reactions within the numismatic community and the general public. 
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