Author Archives: Dave Harper

Coin auctioneer for ANA wants your loyalty

I will not be able to attend the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in March in Orlando, Fla. But that does not mean I am not interested in what goes on there. My morning email contains an announcement from … Continue reading

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You want silver coins but you get gold

The Mint is hearing the average collector’s cry that he prefers silver coins to those made of gold. But can it really do anything about it? Certainly, it is trying. Gold is quite a bit more expensive than silver, presently … Continue reading

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Little letter ‘P’ leads to big surprise

The surprise release of 2017 Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark has caused a stir in the numismatic community. Will it be enough of one to give the whole year a boost by increasing interest in coins generally? That is … Continue reading

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Business year begins at FUN show

The bourse floor was busy. There was a buzz in the air. Results at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8 in Fort Lauderdale offered promise for the rest of 2017. Though the market is by no means booming, dealers … Continue reading

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No official inaugural medal – sad

While at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 5-8 I learned from retired congressman Jimmy Hayes that there will be no official inaugural medal for President Donald Trump. I had been hoping against hope that the low-key approach to inaugural … Continue reading

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Spot that first 2017 date in circulation

Have you found a 2017 coin in your change yet? Let me know as soon as you do. It is fun to be the first on the block to have a new date. It will give you bragging rights. If … Continue reading

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Italy wins Coin of the Year

Italy has won the 2017 Coin of the Year Award. It will be given the trophy Feb. 4 at the World Money Fair in Berlin. An international panel of judges selected the country’s silver 10 euro issued to mark 70 … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: National Parks see last-minute rush

Was there any evidence of end-of-year cherry-picking of new issues going off sale that might prove to be scarce? Indeed there was. The National Park Service commemoratives saw interest in two pieces. Sales of the uncirculated gold $5 jumped by … Continue reading

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Heritage so huge it’s catching the Mint

Heritage is big. Just about everybody in numismatics knows that. The latest figures released by the Dallas, Texas, auction firm demonstrate its scale. Do dollar totals impress you or people totals? I have both. In 2016, the firm had sales … Continue reading

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Bullion coin sales make fast start

Bullion buyers gave the United States Mint a strong start to 2017. First day sales of the ever popular silver American Eagle totaled 3,747,500 coins on Jan. 9. This one-day total is up almost 35 percent from last year’s first … Continue reading

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