Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint’s wheel of fortune

With the silver Liberty medal sold out on Aug. 23, the next potential collector heart stopper will be the gold Standing Liberty quarter on Sept. 8. Helping to stoke potential demand for this, which is the second of three Centennial … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Medals sell out, but watch those 9s

Until precise numbers are offered by the Mint, I provisionally have put sales numbers for the “S” and “W” silver Liberty medals at 12,500 each on the opposite page. As the front page explains, they sold out in less than … Continue reading

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Dad’s coins offer challenge

Winston Churchill said the American and the British are divided by a common language. The same might be said about collectors and noncollectors. I had lunch Tuesday at a local eatery. I sat at the counter with a husband and … Continue reading

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Silver medal sellout: Good or bad?

The silver Liberty Mint medal that went on sale yesterday sold out in less than five minutes. I’m surprised. The medal had a low mintage of 12,500 each from two mints, San Francisco and West Point. Had it been a … Continue reading

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Largest cupped silver coin?

Would you like to see the U.S. Mint strike a cupped three-inch, five-ounce silver coin, which has never been done before? If yes, you might be interested to know that time is running out for Congress to authorize commemorative coins … Continue reading

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Mistreated coin collectors won’t come back

Are coin dealers who populate the bourse floors of major shows losing their ability to conduct retail business with the public? Everybody knows that these bourses are becoming more and more wholesale events as fewer collectors attend. Collectors are content … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Buyers snooze except for gold Eagles

Europeans take the month of August for vacation. Perhaps silver bullion American Eagle buyers do something similar. Sales in the first half of the month have reached only 380,000 pieces, down substantially from even July’s torpid pace. On the other … Continue reading

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Long live ANA auctions

Stack’s Bowers American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money convention auction results arrived yesterday after Numismatic News went to press. The firm reported $21 million in sales across the U.S. coin, world coin and paper money fields. This exceeded the … Continue reading

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Time to buy

I just wrote a mildly negative story about business conditions on the dealer bourse floor at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held last week in Anaheim, Calif. One market professional with whom I conversed yesterday said he … Continue reading

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Coin output jumps

More than 10 billion coins have been struck for circulation this year by the U.S. Mint through the month of July. Output in July was the highest of calendar year 2016, pushed up by production increases across the board for … Continue reading

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