Author Archives: Dave Harper

Cooling off with coins in the summer

It is almost summer. Hot and humid weather brings back memories. Summer was the heyday of my circulation finds efforts when I was a kid. It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t interested in coins during the school year, it … Continue reading

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Summer starts; put coins away?

The unofficial start of summer commences with Memorial Day weekend. I am certainly looking forward to three days of activity that does not involve coin collecting. Good weather is too valuable to waste in Wisconsin. That is probably why coin … Continue reading

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Another Thursday, another deadline

My life has been organized by the weekly deadlines of Numismatic News for nearly 40 years. In that time, the deadline has not changed. At 1 p.m. the paper goes to the printer in Shawano, a community that is not … Continue reading

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Spending coins make them more real

Have you ever had the opportunity to go to another country and spend a currency that is not U.S. dollars? I have been fortunate to be able to spend Canadian dollars, European euros, Costa Rican colones, Panamanian balboas and Nicaraguan … Continue reading

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Making a life choice that sticks

I had an email from a reader who found some old copies of Numismatic News from almost 15 years ago. The image was too dark to use here, but I could see the headlines. Perhaps the most memorable one was … Continue reading

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Big Kennedy anniversary coming soon

In one week it will be the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. How do you plan to mark the occasion? It is an important date. He is forever young because of his assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, … Continue reading

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Keep using ‘P’ on Philadelphia cents

It has been five months since the United States Mint began quietly releasing Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark on them. I am noticing an uptick in questions related to mintmarks. Is there a connection? I think there is, but … Continue reading

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Dimes pass billion mark in four months

The United States Mint cut coin production by one-third in the month of April. Overall, the monthly number was down by 486,260,000 coins to 959,540,000. March production was 1,445,800,000 pieces. If large numbers make you roll your eyes, the pattern … Continue reading

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May revival for silver Eagles

The midpoint of the month was reached just a few days ago. I took a look at the sales figure for silver American Eagles. They stood at 1,560,000. That is almost double the 835,000 pieces sold in the entire month … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold coins tell their stories in numbers

Let’s talk about gold. The gold Buffalo proof coin went on sale. Initial numbers show collectors grabbed 7,597 in the first three days. To make room, I took the 2016 gold proof sales number off the chart below. It was … Continue reading

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