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Author Archives: Dave Harper
Bullion in bar form has long been viewed as a convenient way of trading in precious metals. But is it collectible? That might seem like a foolish question from anyone who lived through the one-ounce silver bar collecting boom of the … Continue reading
If you want to be among the first to buy a 50th anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar Aug. 5 at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., you had better be prepared to stand in line yourself. On Friday … Continue reading
The Mint says that buyers of the 50th anniversary Kennedy two-coin clad half dollar set have taken 68,974 in less than 24 hours from the beginning of sales at noon Eastern time yesterday. Price is $9.95. While the total might … Continue reading
After almost 50 years, do we at last have a formula where our modern clad coins are no longer treated by collectors as the unwanted stepchildren as Cinderella was? Is the term “clad trash” being replaced by “clad cash” in … Continue reading
Coin collecting requires patience. However, when a coin collector is waiting for a new issue to be delivered from the U.S. Mint, sometimes that quality is sorely tested. During such times I receive many communications expressing varying degrees of dissatisfaction. … Continue reading
Gold Kennedy half dollars to be offered at the American Numismatic Association convention in Rosemont, Ill., beginning Aug. 5 has certainly gotten the attention of many collectors. I had a phone call from a longtime reader in Texas who was … Continue reading
Remember the early days of the Internet when individuals asked questions and other individuals would refer them to the FAQ page for frequently asked questions? That response was a little like being told by your mother to do your homework … Continue reading
Yesterday gold was up $17.10 on news of a tragic event in Ukraine where an airliner was shot down by rebels. Today it is backing off $9.90, according to my morning check of the www.kitco.com website. Trading at $1,308.30 a … Continue reading
Franklin D. Roosevelt might have beaten Herbert Hoover in a landslide in the 1932 election, but the difference between the two men’s 2014 Presidential dollar mintages is a squeaker. While Roosevelt won in 1932 with almost 45 percent more votes … Continue reading