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- Letters to the Editor (August 2, 2016) Marks’ statement on Liberty medal not official The front page story, “Silver medal marks Liberty’s return” (Numismatic News, July 12) reports that I “announced details of the 2016 American Liberty silver proof medal June 15.” That statement came as quite a surprise to me. Although I had the past honor to serve as the chairman of ...
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Author Archives: Dave Harper
There are two big surprises in this week’s numbers. The first is a big gain by the gold Standing Liberty quarter. With the household order limit removed, the door was opened to multi-coin buyers. The result was a huge gain … Continue reading
John M. Mercanti, 12th chief engraver of the U.S. Mint, has created two designs of Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle for the Perth Mint. These have appeared on precious metal coins issued over the past 18 months. On Sept. 6 the Mint … Continue reading
At the end of my Tuesday blog I offered an opinion of how I thought sales of the 2016-W 30th anniversary silver American Eagle proof coin would go. Come Wednesday the Mint updated its sales figures. They showed I could … Continue reading
I had an email from someone who found the Numismatic News website, but does not appear to be a coin collector. The individual has read some doomsday reports about the U.S. dollar and wants me to comment. It is too … Continue reading
Good ideas should be copied. The most interesting one I have seen recently is a promotional effort by the Hawaii State Numismatic Association. It is based on an old idea of spending rare coins into circulation in hopes someone will … Continue reading
Are coin collectors slowly abandoning coins not made of precious metals? I believe they are. I have more evidence. Take a look at some numbers from the weekly Numismatic News “Mint Statistics” pages. For 2015 five-quarter America the Beautiful clad proof sets, … Continue reading
If you stand on a street corner proclaiming the end is near, people will laugh. If you do the same online, you will have a career as a financial blogger. Why is that? Psychological studies have shown that the pain … Continue reading
Strange, but my November calendar is beginning to fill up. In a month that I usually try to take a vacation, I have two show commitments. Thanksgiving weekend I will be at the Michigan State Numismatic Society gathering in Warren. I … Continue reading
August monthly output at the U.S. Mint’s circulating coin production facilities dropped by 28 percent from the prior month. With the exception of dime and dollar output at Philadelphia, it was a clean sweep in the down column. For the … Continue reading