Author Archives: Dave Harper

When will China buy American coins?

I stumbled on some interesting information while I was in China. A speaker estimated that there are 750,000 to almost 1.4 million buyers of gold and silver coins in China. That number is very similar to what is the case … Continue reading

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What’s your theory for Eagle sales drop?

Word on the bourse floor while I was in China was that Panda bullion coin sales were down. The drop in sales is on par with what has been happening with American Eagles in the United States. In the United … Continue reading

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New writing style on latest paper money

“Make your mark here” is what illiterates were told when they had to sign an agreement in the olden days. How many old TV shows or movies about the Old West had such a scene where a plucky prospector had … Continue reading

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New quarter conveys inspiring message

If a quarter can be considered to have an action-packed design, the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park coin is it. I can feel the energy. Can you? Guns at the ready, Clark leads his men to victory in 1779 … Continue reading

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Bold new coin collecting age in China

I am just back from China. I was in the country for five days to attend the Beijing International Coin Exposition. It was my first visit. I learned much. The differences between American coin conventions and the one in China … Continue reading

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Trip to China brings me full circle

Coin of the Year is an award that World Coin News has given since it was created in 1984 to honor coins dated 1982. This paper is sister to Numismatic News, and it serves collectors of world coins. I had … Continue reading

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Just what is the perfect coin gift?

Should the United States issue a Christmas coin in a manner similar to the post office issuing Christmas stamps? This question comes up each year about this time. I ask it again because it is time for us to prepare … Continue reading

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Buy coins without guilt by budgeting

When I was a kid, I could spend every dollar I earned on coins if I chose to do so. I have never known such freedom since. Life tends to push more and more responsibilities on you. Choices suddenly must … Continue reading

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Time to go to Whitman’s Baltimore Expo

Are you going to Baltimore today or perhaps on the weekend? The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Show is under way. Even in this age of the Internet, it is one of the must-attend events on the numismatic hobby’s annual show … Continue reading

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Counterstamp honors Balfour Declaration

I had an email a few days ago from Israel Lachovsky, a coin dealer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nov. 2 was the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a World War I statement of British support for a national home … Continue reading

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