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Staying Numismatically Busy During a Quarantine


With most of the country in some a state of quarantine, there may be time to expand our numismatic knowledge. Collecting can be fun, but learning about your collection will give it more meaning.

If you continue to watch cable news, you are going to think the world will end tomorrow. While the situation is serious and deserves attention, you need to find time to think about something else.

Keeping Up With The News of Numismatics

When you turn off the television, here is where you can read about the latest in numismatics:

  • news.coinsblog.ws – full press releases and pictures from news sources without commentary.
  • coinworld.comCoin World magazine online
  • numismaticnews.netNumismatic News online; look on the right side of the page for the links to their other (former Krause Publication) magazines.
  • CoinNews.net – One of the oldest online news sites that does a good job in covering numismatic-related news.
  • CoinUpdate.com – A news site that is more of an aggregator of numismatic-related news.
  • CoinWeek.com – A good, comprehensive site on numismatic-related news.
  • CoinsWeekly.com – Germany-based website (in English) with more international news. You should subscribe to their newsletter. You will receive an email summary of the world’s numismatic news every Thursday.

Precious Metals Market News

If you want to read about the markets, there are many news sites to read. However, if you are only looking for news from a source that concentrates on the metals market, then Kitco (kitco.com) is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in this space. Kitco employs analysts and writers to look at the market from different angles.

Amazingly, the wealth of information Kitco provides is free. The free data, including the free charts and graphs that many websites use, is supported by advertisements, selling bullion, and a premium news service for the serious investor.

Podcasts

Podcasts have been around for many years dating back to the release of Apple’s iPod. In the beginning, podcasts were simple audio files passed around the Internet by maverick content creators to share knowledge, entertain, educate, or have fun. There are also video podcasts for on-demand viewing.

Today, podcasting is a big business. Many media outlets are producing podcasts. There are also companies whose business model is to create podcasts. There is at least one podcast for every taste. There are also many ways to listen to podcasts. Rather than discuss it here, search for “how to listen to a podcast” to learn more.

Here are three numismatic-related podcasts for your listening pleasure:

  • Coin Show Radio – The oldest of the numismatic-related podcasts. The Hosts, Mike & Matt, have a little fun bringing the news and talking coins.
  • CoinWeek Podcast – Although it has been around a while, I keep forgetting to subscribe when I pick up my phone, so I did it now. I will let you know what I think at some point.
  • Coin World Podcast – The newest entry in the numismatic-related podcast world has become one of my favorite podcasts. One of the reasons to listen to this podcast is for the interviews. Jeff Stark and Chris Bullfinch are good interviewers and deserve a listen.

That should keep you busy for a while. Next time, I will look at other resources.

BOOKMARKS

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