Author Archives: Dave Harper

New turn in coin drama?

Are we any closer to changes in the cent and nickel than we were in 2006 when it became uneconomic to produce the two denominations? Under “Reforms” on Page 124 of the Treasury section of the 2015 fiscal year budget … Continue reading

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Time for Liberty to return to coins

Coin collectors have long advocated an end to Presidential portraits on our circulating coins and a return to the allegorical depictions of Liberty. In the five decades that I have been active, this thought has gotten precisely nowhere. Sure we … Continue reading

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Cents through gold

It is back to basics week for me as I read through emails. That is a good sign for organized numismatics. I hope it means new individuals are arriving in the hobby to take up coin collecting. One inquiry asked … Continue reading

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Look for those 2015 coins

Have you found a 2015-dated coin in circulation yet? It is Jan. 20, almost three weeks into the month, and in some prior years, coins of the new year arrived in the hands of Americans just a few days after … Continue reading

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Gold remains champion alternative

“I hate you, I hate you, I hate you,” says the angry teen to the parent. Most people would agree that the teenager is not thinking particularly clearly as these words are uttered. “I hate the U.S. dollar, I hate … Continue reading

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Lipton buys top coins in Heritage auction

California dealer Kevin Lipton calls the 1792 Birch cent and 1792 Eagle-on-Globe copper quarter two of the United States’ top 10 coins. And now he owns them, at a cost of more than $4.9 million. “You know, both coins are … Continue reading

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FUN starts year right

Positive results were achieved by coin dealers on the bourse floor of the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Orlando, but there were weak spots. Lincoln cents were popular, according to Charmy Harker, the Penny Lady of Irvine, … Continue reading

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Run little hamster, run

Is this the year of the hamster wheel – running harder just to stay in the same place? Until this morning, the prices of precious metals were basically where they were in the second week of December. This peculiarity was … Continue reading

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Coin market health depends on dollar

It looks like American collectors and coin buyers are going to be called on to support the coin market in 2015 because so much of the world is in such a financially troubled state. I came back from the Florida … Continue reading

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Will Morgan dollars push gold aside?

Would you buy a house in a neighborhood that you did not know and had no information about except from a real estate agent trying to sell it to you? I would expect not. But in 2008 numismatics experienced an … Continue reading

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