Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint looks to silver medals for its future

The path to the future is paved with silver for the United States Mint. Two new silver medal programs are coming. Yesterday, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee were briefed on the details. The Mint likes Presidents. The dollar … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson likely wins battle

If Las Vegas was laying odds about who will be depicted on the redesigned $20 Federal Reserve Note, Andrew Jackson would most likely be the safe bet. I know former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew promised to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman … Continue reading

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Time to start my own cryptocurrency

If I wanted to get rich, I would announce the creation of my new cryptocurrency in this space. It is the latest trend. Everybody is doing it from failing dictatorships in Venezuela to failing camera film companies like Kodak. Why … Continue reading

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Ultimately, responsibility rests with coin collectors

Are you a member of a coin club? You should be. At the very least, you should be a member of the national collector organization, the American Numismatic Association. I cannot tell you the number of times that coin collectors … Continue reading

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Exhibitors busy at FUN show

Errors took the top trophy at the Florida United Numismatists exhibit awards. I congratulate the winner, Patrick Glassford, on his exhibit, “Canadian Wrong Planchet Strikes.” He won the Best of Show Award. The last 12 months have been a year … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Many asterisks denote coins off sale

The asterisk was the most frequently used non-numerical keystroke as I put this weekly set of numbers together from the Mint’s sales report. Many things have gone off sale. Some new items have arrived. Bullion 2018 American Eagle and Buffalo … Continue reading

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Tell me when you spot 2018 coins

Have you found a 2018-dated coin yet? Usually the first coin spotted in circulation is a cent because so many are manufactured each year. But times could be changing. I had a theory throughout my 40-year career that coins appeared … Continue reading

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Gold and silver Eagle buyers level-headed

Bullion coin sales have begun at the U.S. Mint. Are sales hot, cold or tepid? You be the judge. For the gold American Eagles, the one-ounce coin shows 20,500 coins sold. Last year, the figure for the entire month was … Continue reading

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Knowledge worth more than gold

Errors took the top trophy at the Florida United Numismatists exhibit awards. I congratulate the winner, Patrick Glassford, on his exhibit, “Canadian Wrong Planchet Strikes.” He won the Best of Show Award. The last 12 months have been a year … Continue reading

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Heritage Auction and I’m looking at what?

The Heritage Auctions U.S. coin auction in Tampa realized $39,238,170. The sale dates were Jan. 3-5 and Jan. 7-8. While buyer’s are probably grumbling about a 20 percent buyer’s premium, it certainly makes figuring out hammer prices much easier for … Continue reading

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