Author Archives: Dave Harper

Dimes, quarters jump over 1 billion

Dimes and quarters mintages jumped over the one billion mark for the first six months of calendar year 2018. As of the end of June, Denver and Philadelphia had produced a combined 1,021,000,000 dimes and 1,085,114,000 quarters. As large as … Continue reading

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Platinum falls with copper and nickel

It has been nearly 12 years since the United States Treasury banned the melting of cents and nickels. It prohibited the export of the coins as well. This was done in December of 2006 because the government was facing the … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Single coin ‘set’ puzzlingly unavailable

Remember the 2018 Congratulations Set? You can be forgiven for not being able to. I had to refresh my memory. This week, the sales number dropped by 501 to 19,252. I wondered why. First off, the set is really just … Continue reading

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Is peak gold concept worthy of notice?

Before the shale oil boom put the United States on course to pump more crude, there was a theory that peak oil was at hand. In a nutshell, that meant oil production could no longer rise and would instead decline. … Continue reading

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My guide will be George Washington

All these years into the Internet Age, I still receive snail mail regularly. Yesterday came an anonymous letter. Remember those? It was postmarked Grand Rapids, Mich. It reads: “Mr. Harper: “You look silly with your bald head. I think you should … Continue reading

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‘SS Central America’ treasure dominates news

‘Tis the season of treasures coming to auction. As the bounty from the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America continues to cause excitement in the collecting universe, another group of treasures (gold bars) coming to auction is also attracting attention. Continue reading

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Treasure yields 105 Territorial gold pieces

The SS Central America is the sunken treasure wreck that just keeps on giving. From the latest release of the California Gold Marketing Group LLC of Brea, Calif., we see a veritable census of Territorial gold issues from the Gold … Continue reading

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What’s the real price of a circulation strike?

The object of every coin buyer who has ever lived is to pay as little as possible for the coin he or she is interested in purchasing. On the other side, the object of every coin seller who ever lived … Continue reading

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Memories of coins might be painful

Clifford Mishler has long made the observation that people usually collect what they know. People my age who are car collectors are drawn to the muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s from a time when we were … Continue reading

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PCGS overdate discovery exciting

It is a circulation find when a collector finds something of value in change. What do you call a find by a third-party grading service among coins submitted to it? Whatever you call it, it is both newsworthy and exciting. … Continue reading

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