Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint cuts silver Kennedy set goal

Lagging four-coin silver Kennedy set sales have apparently convinced the Mint to scale back its mintage ceiling of 300,000. Late yesterday the Mint announced that the maximum set mintage for the 50th anniversary set will be no more than 225,000. That … Continue reading

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When over and over is a good thing

It is Monday of a short work week. That increases the pressure even as many readers have moved their attention to spending time with their families and friends for Thanksgiving. I checked the Kitco website this morning to see what … Continue reading

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New set might be good gift

Anyone who ever went to school probably had a discussion of the question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to listen, does it make a sound?” My version of the question today is if … Continue reading

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Less luster for silver, more for clad?

As collectors, we often look for historical turning points. The year 1965 looms large for collectors of U.S. coins as the year silver was removed from circulating dimes and quarters. The composition of these coins was replaced by a copper-nickel … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle supply lasts a few days

One-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coins went on sale Nov. 17 for the first time since the U.S. Mint said it had run out of the coins on Nov. 5. The Mint had 1,525,000 to allocate (ration) among its Authorized … Continue reading

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We don’t put it in their face

What dopes collect coins? Does that queston get your attention? Is it in your face enough? Modern media, especially on the Internet, is not known as being polite, dainty or quiet. Breaking through the blah, blah, blah that seems to … Continue reading

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Vote online for the Coin of the Year

Have you ever wondered how you would perform as a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee selecting designs for use on American coinage? Would your opinions match those of other experts? Would you find yourself alone in your opinions? … Continue reading

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Public COTY vote mirrors judges most of the time

The public voting in a parallel online World Coin News’ Coin of the Year ballot agreed with the international panel of judges in six of 10 categories when the votes were counted. Austria’s three winners again were the top choices … Continue reading

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Cash proved the better bet

It has become common knowledge that electronic payments at the checkout counter are on average faster than paying by cash and waiting for change. Such transactions certainly save the merchant money by not having to stock as much change. They save individuals … Continue reading

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Kennedy silver set further behind

I asked a question last week when gold and silver seemed to be in free fall as to whether this negative price trend was influencing the purchasing decisions of collectors relative to the 50th anniversary silver Kennedy half dollar set. … Continue reading

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