Numismatic Blog and News Headlines – Nov 13, 2008


Four numismatic articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s articles:

Timothy K. Torpin (1951-2008)

On Monday, November 3, 2008, Tim Torpin, fellow coin dealer and beloved friend, husband, and father, died of heart failure following open-heart surgery… Tim was well-known within the numismatic community and greatly respected for his extensive knowledge of American numismatics, his honesty, and especially his goodnature.

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The Obama Coins Rip-Off
By Susan Headley, Coins

With the election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency, there has been an outpouring of strong emotions among many Americans the likes of which we haven’t seen in relation to a U.S. president since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963… Emotional feelings for Obama are running high, and many people who have no knowledge of coin collecting and what makes a coin valuable are buying coins for the first time.

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PVC contamination can plague coins, but it can be removed
By Jeff Starck, COIN WORLD

To coin collectors, PVC may as well be a four-letter word. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, has wreaked havoc to immeasurable amounts of coins through the years, leaving its sticky, slimy mark on many a “Mercury” dime and a bevy of “Buffalo nickels,” just to name a few. The bad news is that PVC is a surface contaminant, an unwelcome gift from the wrong kind of coin holder. But, the good news is that PVC can be detected and removed.

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The Dollar Coin Makes Sense
By Bob Getschel, American Coin-Op

It’s the same old story that elicits complaints from storeowners across the country: We can’t raise the vend prices high enough to keep up with the rising costs of fuel, oil, gas, taxes, rent and the other expenses associated with running a coin laundry these days. But does that same old story always have to be true?

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