Author Archives: Dave Harper

Silver buyers need trucks

Coin collectors and bullion investors like to discuss the gold/silver ratio. Currently it takes approximately 71 ounces of silver to buy one ounce of gold. The U.S. coining ratio that prevailed during most of the bimetallic years of the 19th … Continue reading

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Take stock of a new hobby

It is time for the 6th annual Wall Street bourse at the Museum of American Finance, which is located at 48 Wall Street in New York City. Tomorrow, Archives International Auctions will hold an auction in conjunction with the show. … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t like to speculate?

When I was still a kid I came across “The Forecaster” Moneyletter. That was in 1969. It was expensive. It was $50 at the time. I was so enthusiastic about it that I convinced my father to pay the subscription … Continue reading

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Cent production up

The Mint ramped up cent production in September after a bit of a lull in August. The 891.6 million coins comprised 56.7 percent of monthly output, returning to the average level of 2016. In August, cents comprised just 52 percent … Continue reading

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What good are coin clubs?

Collectors often ask that question. It is too bad many of them are not adventurous enough to go and find out. However, a copy of “TNA News” has crossed my desk and it tells of many things that are going … Continue reading

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Way to go, Gayle

It pays to have Gayle Pike as a friend. I have been fortunate enough to be able to say that since I was still wet behind the ears here at “Numismatic News.” However, in all the years I have known … Continue reading

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Silver dollar gets its due at FUN

I had a telephone call last week from John Highfill. The Broken Arrow, Okla., dealer is the founder of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable. He wanted to give me details of the 2017 celebration of the organization’s 35th anniversary. It … Continue reading

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Not too late for artists to win $10,000

Deadline is Monday for artists who want to take a crack at designing the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness commemorative coins. The three denomination will even feature a pink gold $5 coin. Collectors who want colored coins will get their first … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Standing Liberty takes step backward

Is it a coincidence that the week we report that the issue price of the gold Standing Liberty quarter dropped from $485 to $472.50 that the running sales number also fell? Buyers of expensive gold coins know when prices are … Continue reading

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Mint gears up for future

The Mint is looking for the future today in Philadelphia. I hope they find it. Kidding aside, the Mint invited around 80 individuals from the numismatic hobby/industry to a meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank. “The purpose of the event … Continue reading

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