Author Archives: Dave Harper

Vote for new $20 portrait

Want to remove a dead president from American paper money? Here is your chance to take a step toward that goal. An online campaign has been launched to put a woman on the $20 Federal Reserve Note by 2020 to … Continue reading

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Dollar coin idea yet again

Being a Washington lobbyist in favor of striking $1 coins and abolishing the $1 bill must be a job for life. The idea always fails, but it is try, try again. Putting a workable dollar coin in circulation has been … Continue reading

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Get ready for National Coin Week

National Coin Week is coming. It will run April 19-25. The theme selected for it by the American Numismatic Association is “Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World’s Fairs.” This year is the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition that was … Continue reading

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Does proof set add up?

Did you know the U.S. Mint begins selling regular clad U.S. proof sets tomorrow? I expect, if you are like me, you need a calendar to remember the date. My first acquaintance with proof sets was like a kid at … Continue reading

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Does cheaper oil mean cheaper gold?

Shock headlines are interesting things online. They can be fact, have little to no basis in fact, or simply be speculation, but you want to read the stories behind them anyway because such headlines are so unexpected. You can’t make a … Continue reading

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Hostile to bitcoin?

Am I hostile to bitcoin, the currency that exists in electronic form only without the backing of a government or central bank? I decided I probably am. There was news yesterday about another bitcoin theft. The value taken converts to … Continue reading

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Pogue collection shows us how it’s done

A popular daydream is asking someone what they would do if they won the lottery. Would a coin collector dash out and buy all of the coins of his dreams? If only it were that easy. To be able to … Continue reading

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Will collectors take note?

In an age of bitcoin, a currency without physical form, can a new tangible local note find traction? We’ll find out. I had an email yesterday from Bruce Holland Rogers to tell me of his new effort to launch a … Continue reading

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FUN slates its first Ambassador breakfast

The next chapter in the history of the Numismatic Ambassador Award was begun by action of the board of directors of the Florida United Numismatists on Saturday. It was decided that award winners, past and future, will be honored at … Continue reading

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Gold as a four-letter word

Americans have assets totaling almost $83 trillion as of the end of 2014, according to the Federal Reserve. That figure rose by just over $4 trillion in 12 months, which is an increase of a little over 5 percent. Obviously, … Continue reading

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