Author Archives: Dave Harper

Order time for 2015 coins

Which product should the Mint put on sale first in 2015? You are correct if you guessed the 2015 proof silver American Eagle. Proof silver Eagles are perennial favorites that have even eclipsed proof sets as annual staples of collector … Continue reading

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Steel gets modest boost

The Mint wants more time to come up with alternative compositions for U.S. coinage and thanks to rebounding quarter mintages, seigniorage profits to the Treasury are once again rising despite the losses taken on cent and nickel production. The Mint … Continue reading

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New dawn for Cuban coins?

The national news media is focused on cigars. News that diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba after over 50 years have numismatists looking at something else. I have already had an email wondering if the restrictions on online trading … Continue reading

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Law strikes blow against counterfeiters

Can the problem of counterfeit coins manufactured in China and shipped to the United States be eliminated? Congress just increased the weaponry available to defeat the menace. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets announced that the Senate passed legislation Dec. … Continue reading

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Two kinds of Exodus

Headlines this morning make an interesting pairing. The Russian ruble is falling dramatically. It was down 13 percent yesterday. It is down another 10 percent as this is written. The ruble has lost 56 percent of its value since the beginning … Continue reading

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Coin from The Netherlands wins public COTY vote

Results of the public vote for Coin of the Year differed from that of the official judging panel that bestows the World Coin News-sponsored award. Instead of ratifying the judges’ choice of an Austrian coin at the Dec. 6 conclusion … Continue reading

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Current coins safe for now

The Mint wants more time to come up with alternative compositions for U.S. coinage. Financially, it has that time. Thanks to rebounding quarter mintages, seigniorage profits to the Treasury are once again rising despite the losses taken on cent and nickel … Continue reading

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Austria climbs to top with COTY

Congratulations to the Austrian Mint for winning the 2015 Coin of the Year Award. Word went out this morning via the Friday Edition of the Numismatic News e-newsletter that a gold 50-euro Austrian coin honoring painter Gustav Klimt was voted … Continue reading

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Austria wins Coin of the Year Award

The Austrian Mint’s 2013 Klimt and his Women 50-euro gold coin has been named Coin of the Year by an international panel of judges in a vote that concluded Dec. 6. An award trophy will be presented Jan. 31, 2015 … Continue reading

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Holders of cash can negotiate price

Price guides have always been popular. They help newcomers get a sense of values. They help longtime collectors keep generally abreast of market movements. However, whether they are retail price guides or wholesale price guides, they are not like stock … Continue reading

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