Author Archives: Dave Harper

Anyone left to buy gold Kennedy from Mint?

If you don’t buy or sell anything made of precious metals, the daily fluctuations in the prices of gold or silver don’t really mean much. If you own some bullion, prices might give you a boost psychologically when they jump and … Continue reading

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No album for the future

Most coin collectors never get beyond collecting coins that they remember using. That was a great strength in the circulation finds era when it seemed like everybody collected Lincoln cents. Millions tried to fill their Whitman albums and drooled at … Continue reading

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Know what Roosevelt looked like?

All coin collectors are art critics. I am one as well. The art that we like to criticize is that which appears on coins, or is art proposed for use on future coins. My latest impulse to criticize occurs as … Continue reading

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Gold Kennedy to drop to bullion value?

How long will it be before 2014-W proof gold Kennedy half dollars trade at bullion value? The current issue price on the U.S. Mint website is $1,240. The bullion value is $968.25. The $271.75 difference is what covers Mint costs … Continue reading

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Setting bad example?

Year’s ago Numismatic News founder Chet Krause christened Iola, Wis., the Coin Collectors Capital. A billboard on the south side of town proclaimed it. He was young. He was aggressive. He wanted to show it. The billboard has been gone … Continue reading

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What do you think of FDR?

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential dollar goes on sale Thursday. It is appropriate that the coin that bears his image is gold in color when it is new but contains no gold. He is remembered in numismatics as the President … Continue reading

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Quarter catches my eye

I made a small purchase at a newsstand on Saturday as I transited through the Miami airport. The clerk handed me my change. There were three quarters in it. One of them showed the characteristic wide rims of the current … Continue reading

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If others want it, so do I

Right on cue, as soon as I write about the sense of exclusivity that helps sell products this week, I get a call from an old-timer collector that helps me make my point. I am guessing he is an old-timer … Continue reading

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Pick a set, any set

There are a number of collectors who are enjoying the pastime of collecting coins in the worst grade possible, a Poor-1. These coins are so worn that they can barely be identified. They are the worst of the worst. I … Continue reading

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Sell tickets as souvenirs

In the Sept. 2 issue of Numismatic News I could not resist putting a photograph of Adam Stump of the U.S. Mint holding one of the coveted 500 tickets handed out in Chicago on the first day of availability of … Continue reading

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