Author Archives: Dave Harper

Set without a future

I had a conversation with colleague George Cuhaj yesterday. He mentioned that he had been approached by a former Krause Publications co-worker on bowling night. The co-worker is retired. Her question to George was what should she do with her … Continue reading

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Did you see a Smoky sellout coming?

While we were all looking at baseball sales sellouts, some dyed-in-the-wool collectors were busy ordering the daylights out of the Smoky Mountains 5-ounce silver coin. The 2014-P collector version goes on the chart below at 21,415. That’s already almost as … Continue reading

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What will you buy?

Taking a look at upcoming sales of various Mint products, my eye was drawn to two offerings to mention in the May 6 issue of Numismatic News. The first is the May 8 availability of the proof Buffalo one-ounce gold … Continue reading

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Change but no real change

Latest figures from the Mint showing sales of the various options that were available in the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program show some usual accounting jiggles. For the $5 gold piece, the proof sales number now stands … Continue reading

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Here they come

Yesterday, just before lunch, I received a commercial solicitation by email. I was delighted to receive it. It is the first commercial offering of the new National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins by a major coin retailer that I … Continue reading

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New silver Eagle design draws opinions

In weekly Numismatic News poll questions, I have never had much luck inquiring about silver American Eagles as investment objects. But ask about potential design change as recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recently and it is a different … Continue reading

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Can’t drive bullion

If you had made a bundle of money in gold and silver between 2001 and 2011, how would you have spent your profits? A new car perhaps? I was reading an article in the “AARP Bulletin” about the buyers of … Continue reading

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Proof Eagles in shadow of baseball

The baseball silver dollar has sold out, so the sales numbers on this page are now simply curiosities compiled by the Mint on April 6. Continue reading

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Sell as fast as you can?

The cupped baseball silver dollar is sold out now, joining the cupped gold $5 at that status. Only the cupped clad half dollar now remains. The Mint’s website shows that the silver dollars will be shipped April 24 while clad … Continue reading

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From bullion buyer to collector

Last night I attended the annual dinner of the Nicolet Coin Club in Green Bay, Wis. Clifford Mishler, Numismatic News columnist and former American Numismatic Association president, drove. Joel Edler, former “Coin Market” editor and ad manager, and I joined … Continue reading

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