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- Letters to the Editor (11/18/14) Starting over brings joy back to coin collectingYour editorial “How about making a fresh start?” (Oct. 7) is exactly what I did.I had been a coin collector for many years, As time had gone one, my funds for collecting coins had dried up. Since I c...
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Author Archives: Dave Harper
Eight years ago a coin shortage became a serious possibility as the prices of copper, nickel and zinc were soaring. The public would have found it profitable to melt nickels. Zinc cents looked like they wouldn’t be far behind. The … Continue reading
The ground was covered in snow at first light this morning here in Iola, Wis. Winter has also descended on the gold and silver market. Both metals are being hammered in trading this morning. Checking the handy Kitco website, I … Continue reading
Most collectors have to stretch to be able to buy a gold coin. That is why gold collector coin mintages are generally lower than silver coin mintages. At first blush, the purchase pattern for this year’s 50th anniversary Kennedy half … Continue reading
Only 85,670 of the four-coin silver Kennedy half dollar sets were ordered in the first 12 hours of availability yesterday. The Mint has just reported these figures. A maximum of 300,000 will be made, but this will adjust downwards if … Continue reading
Voting has begun to choose the 2015 Coin of the Year, an award sponsored by World Coin News, sister publication to Numismatic News. An international panel of 80 judges was sent electronic ballots Oct. 28 to make their selections from … Continue reading
Today is the big day for collectors interested in buying the four-coin silver Kennedy set for $99.95. Sales commence at noon Eastern Time on the U.S. Mint website. I have had a couple of emails expressing surprise that the Mint … Continue reading
Gold coins, wine and science fiction might seem like unlikely partners, but a new book that I have read was just released Oct. 25. I have always enjoyed books and movies about time travel. This new book is a near … Continue reading
Word has just arrived that the Mint has placed a limit of 300,000 on the number of 50th anniversary Kennedy silver sets that it will produce. Just days ahead of the noon Eastern Time Oct. 28 commencement of sales on … Continue reading
I had a surprise Wednesday. I was out walking at my usual time in the afternoon on the Iola Old Car Show grounds. There are a couple of hundred acres and asphalted lanes. As I moved along, I realized a … Continue reading