Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint Stats: Holidays put traditional gifts in play

Holiday sales numbers are washing over these pages. Traditional Christmas purchases are pushing up numbers for proof sets and mint sets. The clad 2016 proof set jumped by 27,844 to 534,258. The 2016 silver proof set was up by 12,014 … Continue reading

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United States Mint saving the best for last?

Ready for a bargain from the United States Mint? When the annual uncirculated dollar coin set goes up for sale on the Mint website Dec. 14, buyers will find that it is priced at $49.95. At first glance, that might … Continue reading

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Time for government to stop fake coins

When the Secret Service makes a big counterfeit paper currency bust, headlines are made. This was the case when $30 million in fake U.S. paper money was seized in Peru. But what should be making headlines in numismatics is the … Continue reading

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Why did silver Eagle sales drop in 2016?

A drop of 20 percent hit sales of the one-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coin in 2016. The 2015 total was 47 million pieces while the 2016 number is 37,601,500. The difference of 9,398,500 coins means the Mint lost out … Continue reading

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Silver Eagles gone

The Mint’s supply of 2016 silver American Eagles is gone. December sales of the coin totaled 140,000 pieces . The year’s total is 37,601,500. This is roughly 9.4 million fewer than the 2015 sales total of 47 million. On Jan. 9, … Continue reading

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Mint gold and silver bullion coins sell out

Sellouts for some Mint gold and silver bullion coins have been announced. The gold 2016 American Eagle in one-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce sizes are gone. The half-ounce gold is still available to Authorized Purchasers and so is the one-ounce gold … Continue reading

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House votes support of Apollo 11 coins

Apollo 11 soared in the House of Representatives yesterday. The legislative victory, although satisfying, is not complete. The U.S. Senate must also pass the bill calling for commemorative coins to be struck in 2019. These coins would mark the 50th … Continue reading

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Congress reaches for the moon

Is it blast-off time for the moon landing commemoratives? A vote in the U.S. House of Representatives will be held this afternoon on legislation calling for coins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 2019. H.R. 2726 calls … Continue reading

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Shake hands, have a conversation

Plan to go to a coin show in 2017. Pick one. It will do you good. It does not matter whether you would like to fly to Fort Lauderdale for a winter getaway at the Florida United Numismatists convention, or … Continue reading

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Put Trump on a dollar coin

Start a new dollar coin tradition. Every new President should be inaugurated simultaneously with the release of $1 coins bearing his portrait. This idea is already all but impossible to implement. The inauguration is Jan. 20, 2017. Creating a coin … Continue reading

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