Author Archives: Dave Harper

Will buyers consider coin and stamp set valuable?

Breast Cancer Awareness proof clad half dollar sales stand at 16,615. Can the Mint sell an additional 25,000 of them if the 2018-S commemorative coin is paired with a stamp and the price is increased by $7 to $39.95? We … Continue reading

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Hendelson sells amazing 1792 half disme

If they gave awards for the best individual coin sale of the autumn collecting season, Brian Hendelson, president of Classic Coin Company of Bridgewater, N.J., would be the first nominee. He has just accomplished a $1,985,000 private treaty sale of … Continue reading

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Good times once rolled for the ANA

Quick. When I say American Numismatic Association, who do you think of? If you have been a member for 40 years as I have, the first few individuals who pop into mind might very well be dead. John Jay Pittman … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Don’t ration your attention to Eagles

Silver American Eagle bullion coin rationing is now in effect until the end of 2018. Who saw this coming after months of slow sales? This week, the Mint vended an additional 925,000 Eagle coins to bring the September running total … Continue reading

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100-point grading scale proposed by Ron Guth

Ever find yourself wishing for more coin grades to learn? If you have, Ron Guth is the numismatic authority for you. He has created the Guth 100 Point Coin Grading ScaleSM. There are 20 more points added to Mint State … Continue reading

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Memories and the facts might not match

They say hindsight is 20/20. Is it? We passed the 10th anniversary date of the bankruptcy of the Wall Street firm of Lehman Brothers on Sept. 15, 2008. The Great Recession commenced then. Unemployment soon soared to over 10 percent. … Continue reading

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Coin production slides in August

August circulating coin production dropped by 41 percent at the U.S. Mint’s two production facilities. Total output of 831,560,000 compares to 1,403,160,000 in July. Drops were recorded by cents through quarters. Quarters saw the smallest decline at 37.34 percent, while … Continue reading

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Buy gold this very minute scream the headlines

Ideally, ownership of gold and silver should be totally boring. It should be akin to your homeowner’s insurance policy. It helps you sleep at night. Those who think Bitcoin is the new hard currency have had to contend with ongoing … Continue reading

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Mint needs to tend its grass roots to stay in business

Coin collecting is becoming a more elite activity again. Once it was called the hobby of kings. When I began coin collecting, it was the hobby of paperboys. It was made so by the advent of coin albums that made … Continue reading

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New 100-point coin grading scale proposed

Ever find yourself wishing for more coin grades to learn? If you have, Ron Guth is the numismatic authority for you. He has created the Guth 100 Point Coin Grading ScaleSM. There are 20 more points added to Mint State … Continue reading

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