Author Archives: Dave Harper

Technology fights fakers

Counterfeiters beware. A new method of securing high value circulating coins has been developed. Ten years of German research went into a coin that was unveiled by the Federal Republic of Germany at the Media Forum held in conjunction with … Continue reading

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Busy in Berlin

Even though it does not officially open until tomorrow, the World Money Fair in Berlin is in full swing. The auction is being called by Kuenker. Mints and suppliers and marketers are holding private meetings with each other. Longtime attendees … Continue reading

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This is your Presidential wake-up call

No this isn’t about the current election cycle. This is about coins. It is debatable whether the Presidential dollar coin series can be called popular. Some collectors love it. Some hate it. However, the fact remains that there are people … Continue reading

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GAO leaves coin questions to Mint

If you are like me, you often find yourself listening to an oldies radio station that replays the hits of half a century ago. In its own way, the U.S. Mint is replaying its hit of 1965 when it found … Continue reading

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Time for artists to compete

The Mint will hold a competition for artists to design the 2018 commemorative silver dollar honoring the centennial of World War I American Veterans. Because both of my grandfathers served in France in the First World War, I will probably … Continue reading

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How did your day start?

Some days start out in a peculiar fashion. Today is one of them. I am scheduled to go to the World Money Fair in Berlin tomorrow, but an approaching snow storm looks like it will hit just before my plane … Continue reading

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Will the end of the Presidential dollar series make the coins more popular?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Will the end of the Presidential dollar series make the coins more popular? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Dave … Continue reading

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Piling into gold

January is an exciting month for coin collectors, but a dangerous month for long-term gold investors. There is a human tendency to be optimistic when we turn the page on the calendar and begin a new year. The risk is … Continue reading

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Thinking about nickels is hard apparently

For many years I have written that changes to coin designs prompt people to look at their coins. Once they do, some small fraction become coin collectors. This theory worked in spades when the state quarter series began in 1999. … Continue reading

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What catches your eye?

This looks like a “this and that” day. Pay attention to whatever catches your eye. What do I mean by that? So many things cross my desk that you might describe everyday that way, but today is more so. We … Continue reading

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