Numismatic News and Blog Headlines – Dec 11, 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:

Cleaning Coins Which Have PVC Residue
By Susan Headley, Coins

PVC damage on coins is caused by the breakdown of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is found in inexpensive plastic coin packaging. The most common source of PVC damage is storing coins in plastic fold-over holders called flips.

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Christmas Dollars
By Tom LaMarre, Coins

Silver dollars did not circulate much outside of the Western states, but they made popular Christmas gifts across the nation long after production stopped. Although you can’t get them for face value anymore, the prices for many dates are modest.

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"What Should I Collect?"
By Jason Smith, Stella

As a professional numismatist I am often asked by customers, "What do you think I should collect?" This is usually followed by: is gold hot? Are Lincoln Cents doing well?? How will Morgan dollars do next year??? Most people ask these questions because they’re concerned with getting good value and want confirmation that what they’re interested in purchasing is going to give them a decent return when they eventually sell.

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Is Collecting by Date a Thing of the Past?
By Doug Winter, from CoinLink

Is the age of collecting by date or variety over? Have coins become so expensive and collecting so complex that it is inevitable that new collectors will focus solely on type coins? As a dealer who sells rare gold coins to both highly specialized date collectors and to sophisticated type collectors I think numismatics is definitely going through a change…

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