Author Archives: Dave Harper

Coin appraisals seem to be little known service

I have written often about the responsibility of coin collectors to give proper instructions to heirs for the disposal of coin collections. My task is one that will never be completed because coin collectors are so terrible at taking this advice. … Continue reading

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Designs give reviewers a workout

If you do not believe the nation’s coin artists are busy, perhaps this issue of Numismatic News will persuade you otherwise. Pages are chock full of potential and recommended coin and medal designs as reviewed by the Commission of Fine … Continue reading

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New Mint website erases old discounts

Heading toward the U.S. Mint’s transition from one website to another Oct. 1 has created at least a couple of issues with customers. I have had a number of inquiries regarding the cancellation of the subscription program and the accompanying … Continue reading

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Time to drool over rarities

Imagine working for a major firm like Stack’s Bowers Galleries and being able to see the crown jewels of numismatics close up. Thinking of how wonderful it would be to see such rare pieces as the only 1822 $5 gold … Continue reading

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Does any dealer know who you are?

Do you have a friendly neighborhood coin dealer? If you do, now might be the time to pay him a visit. Michigan dealer Pat Heller wrote in his enewsletter story yesterday that there is some weakness evident in the key … Continue reading

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Gold service looks attractive

Many gold investors have declared government the enemy that is opposed to what they are doing. Yet a recent announcement by the British Royal Mint makes it seem at least that the government of the United Kingdom wants to be the … Continue reading

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Be specific when asking questions

To be active in numismatics is to be full of questions. Identifying coins can be no easy task once you get beyond the familiarity of the cents through half dollars that we encounter daily. We collectors sometimes enjoy watching the … Continue reading

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Can you believe just anybody can profit?

Are coin collectors out of touch? Are we so isolated from the mainstream that our views should be dismissed out of hand by noncollectors? I sometimes wonder. I happened upon a story this morning posted by the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. … Continue reading

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How about making a fresh start?

If you could start coin collecting all over again, what would you do differently? Another way of putting this question is: if you were completely free to collect anything that appeals to you, what would it be? Too many of … Continue reading

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Silver lining in lower gold price

It is probably no consolation for investors who are watching the price of gold bullion in free-fall, but for collectors who have not yet ordered the proof gold Kennedy half dollar, a lower gold price means patience has its rewards. … Continue reading

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