Author Archives: Dave Harper

Use new Mint techniques regularly

What have we learned from last year’s successful Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary coin program? No, this is not a column about crowd control at the American Numismatic Association convention. It is about what appeals to 21st century collectors. I … Continue reading

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What’s your label?

Remember this? When it says Libby’s Libby’s Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will like it, like it, like it on your table, table, table when it says Libby’s, Libby’s Libby’s on the label, label, label. I did not … Continue reading

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Don’t look

I am trying an experiment today. I promise that I will not look at the price of gold or silver all day. I wonder if I can make it through an entire day. I might be a gold and silver … Continue reading

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MS-68 pioneers

More and more collectors are drawn to assembling sets of coins in grades that were of impossibly high quality when I was starting out many years ago. Putting together a set of say, Washington quarters 1999 to date, in MS-67, MS-68 … Continue reading

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Not in high school anymore

When I was in high school, the American Numismatic Association held an election in which Grover Criswell challenged the sitting vice president, Virginia Culver, for the presidency. That was a breach of decorum. Such a challenge was simply not done. … Continue reading

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Red Book an old friend

I am not scheduled to go to the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo in March. I am kind of sorry that this is the case. At the show the 69th edition of the Red Book will go on sale … Continue reading

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Banks not the same

Banks and bankers were very familiar to me as a kid. I lived in a small town in Iowa. The bank I did business with let me search rolls for the coins I needed. Some days, as soon as I … Continue reading

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New 2015 dimes and quarters sighted

New 2015-dated coins are spreading out across the country. Readers have been sharing their experiences of first sightings in the last few weeks. I received an email yesterday from Timothy Coltrin. He writes, “Received a 2015 dime in change from … Continue reading

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Only final price counts

What’s the correct price for silver? Will it sag to $10 an ounce this year? That would be big news. Will it jump to $30? That would be big news in the other direction. The point is nobody can know. … Continue reading

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Time to worry about silver?

Are buyers losing interest in the silver American Eagle? Are they tired of chasing dreams of silver riches only to be handed losses of 20 percent like last year? On the surface, you might respond with, “Are you kidding? January … Continue reading

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