Author Archives: Dave Harper

Guts for gold

If gold can’t hold the $1,200 level, where will it go? It is not a pleasant thought for any owner of the precious metal. Perhaps Russian central bank purchases, Indian jewelry purchases and Chinese investment will keep the price stable. … Continue reading

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Should Washington be taken off quarter at end of America the Beautiful program in 2021?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Should Washington be taken off quarter at end of America the Beautiful program in 2021? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by … Continue reading

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Get rich or get disappointed?

Have error coins generated many a false hope of great riches? Probably. With the example of the 1955 and 1972 doubled-die cents before us it is understandable. I had a question yesterday from a reader. It is typical. Here it … Continue reading

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This silver dime, it’s different

The buildup begins for the March of Dimes Special Silver Set that will be put on sale by the U.S. Mint May 4. I had a short and sweet email about it yesterday. With the name of the set put … Continue reading

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When writers throw a bash

Ernest Hemingway made certain watering holes in Key West, Fla., and Havana, Cuba famous. They are landmarks. They are part of literary history. Numismatic writers have no such famous locations. They have to make do with just one night a … Continue reading

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Who are new ANA members?

The current American Numismatic Association election campaign is a fairly quiet one. What can you expect when the presidency and vice presidency are not contested? This should worry the ANA board. I am not one of those who thinks lawsuits … Continue reading

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Well done, ANA

High School graduation is just around the corner for many students around the country. They will be heading off to college, the military, to jobs, or other training. Yesterday, the American Numismatic Association announced that Tyler Rusnak of Villa Park, … Continue reading

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Are there too many rude people at coin shows?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are there too many rude people at coin shows? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Dave Harper here: Dave.Harper@fwcommunity.com. Some … Continue reading

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Taking issue with issue price

Most coin collectors are good with numbers. Dealers are even more so. Most collectors also like precision. With an increasingly messy marketplace, precision isn’t always obtainable. A phone call to the office yesterday reminded me of our ever changing hobby … Continue reading

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Good times for cent lovers

It must be good times for Iola, Wis., as the 2015-D Lincoln cent has found its way into at least one cash register here. I had lunch on Monday with Clifford Mishler, the retired CEO of Krause Publications, and he received … Continue reading

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