Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mistakes can be fun and ‘profitable’

I recently met a reader who said he really loved my column. He began reading it when I made forecasts for the future. He said in the first one he had read I was mostly wrong. Guilty as charged. I … Continue reading

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Will collectors pay up for medal set?

At what price do coin collectors cry uncle over the price of a Mint offer? Certainly it varies according to what the item is made of, from base metal to silver to gold. It probably varies according to whether the … Continue reading

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Palladium Eagle ready for buyers

The United States Mint will begin selling palladium American Eagle bullion coins Sept. 25 to its Authorized Purchasers. No mintage figure has been revealed. But the Mint insists that once the supply it will have on hand is gone, it’s … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Enhanced set makes another advance

Is it worth a headline to point out that the United States Mint sold 2,367 Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Sets this week compared to 1,390 last week? It will have to do, because the rest of the Mint’s product line is … Continue reading

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Look over shoulder before you buy?

Will American coin collectors have to jump when some outside power says jump? No, I am not talking about the U.S. Mint, though that is probably what many think after reading the first sentence. What I am referring to is … Continue reading

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When will class of 1999 take over?

Back in the days of the national coin shortage when the Coinage Act of 1965 was new, collectors said there was nothing in change worth keeping. The charge basically was true. From my experience, I can tell you that silver … Continue reading

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Palladium Eagle ready for landing Sept. 25

I don’t think I would recognize palladium if it hit me on the head. Would you? We’ll all get to find out starting Sept. 25. The United States Mint on that date will begin selling palladium American Eagle bullion coins to … Continue reading

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What can these possibly mean?

If it were April Fools’ Day, my email this morning would make sense. Because it is not, I wondered about a full moon. That passed Sept. 5. Well-known public relations professional Donn Pearlman sent me a link this morning. He … Continue reading

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August Mint production down

Monthly coin production at the United States Mint declined 7 percent during August from its July level. The fall of 87.26 million coins was due to drops in output at the Denver Mint. Philadelphia production increased for the four circulating … Continue reading

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Never got one of these in change

I received an interesting quarter in my lunch change this week. It had been a long day. It was evening when I got home before I even looked at it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I did look. No, … Continue reading

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