Author Archives: Dave Harper

Coin rarity has no party affiliation

Headlines have been made in recent years about the political divide in America. Will there be a divide between those who use coins and those who don’t? Will it become the patriotic thing to do to use coins and save … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: World War I military medals torpedoed

Since the sales totals peaked in the March 20 issue, I have been reducing the numbers for the World War I Centennial Dollar and Medal Sets. This week what began as dribs and drabs turned into significant falls. The set … Continue reading

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Who wants to be next Heidi Wastweet?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not the only member of the 11-person Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to depart this year. His sports star power helped draw attention to the advisory body. Heidi Wastweet will soon leave at the expiration of her four-year … Continue reading

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What Mint product would you rescue?

If you could abolish every single collector coin issue from the United States Mint except one, what would you choose to save? Now note that I say collector coin. What I mean is something specifically produced for sale directly to … Continue reading

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Has gold reached bargain basement levels?

Retailers have long known that you don’t price something in whole dollars. You drop the price by a cent or two and come up with $12.99 or $12.98 rather than $13 when you want a t-shirt to move or a … Continue reading

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Treasure find back in the headlines

The location of a sunken Spanish galleon with $17 billion in treasure aboard has been pinpointed, according to a report by a British newspaper, The Daily Mail. The ship, the San Jose, lies in an undisclosed location off the coast … Continue reading

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Wait, wait, wait – Panic – wait

After waiting for almost five months for delivery of their sets from the U.S. Mint, buyers of the World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and Medal Sets were startled May 17 when an erroneous message was sent to them by … Continue reading

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Rural Wisconsin still called home

Clifford Mishler paid a visit to this office at the beginning of the week. He wanted to see where we have relocated to since our departure from Iola, Wis. We are getting used to our new office here in Stevens … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Will you be a buyer of proof Buffalo?

Whether you buy it or not, you have to agree that the one-ounce proof Buffalo gold coin is a beauty. The 2018-W went on sale, and the first results are in. Buyers snapped up 6,238 of them. This compares to … Continue reading

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Missing mintmark error discovered

Mint error alert. Time to recheck the coins you own. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has discovered five 2014 Great Smoky Mountain 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful collector coins with a missing “P” mintmark. The collector version of the large silver coin … Continue reading

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