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- Letters to the Editor (December 20, 2016) Guide books suggest elitism exists in hobby The letter I wrote a few weeks ago was not intended to be an insult to anyone but were merely examples of my experience with both coin and stamp collecting. It was meant to be a general discussion about the hobby abroad, not simply about one denomination out of ...
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Author Archives: Dave Harper
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. “Jack” Lew is serving his final days in office. The Barack Obama Administration is winding down. Come Jan. 20, 2017, or shortly thereafter, a new team of Cabinet secretaries will be installed to carry on the … Continue reading
Almost four full days after the gold Walking Liberty half dollar went on sale at the United States Mint website, it is still available. There was no sellout. It had a good first day of sales with 43,728 being taken … Continue reading
Let me take a step back from the debate about how to bring more coin collectors into the hobby. To even begin that discussion, you have to assume that there are people who know what coins are. Now I am … Continue reading
Can you believe that the America the Beautiful quarter program has reached the 35th of its planned 56 issues? Most collectors probably wonder where the time has gone. Most of the general public probably don’t know and don’t care. It … Continue reading
Demand generated by the Mint’s holiday gift catalog seems to be increasing sales numbers this week for traditional collector favorites. The 2016-W proof silver American Eagle moved ahead by 10,703 to reach 451,641. The 2016 silver proof set increased by … Continue reading
Feeling like a sucker? I hope not. Every time a major Mint offering is about to go live on its website as the gold Walking Liberty half dollar is set to do at noon Eastern Time today, I get emails … Continue reading
Since the results of the Presidential election became known in the early hours of Nov. 9, the U.S. stock market has gone straight up. Gold and silver prices have gone straight down. But bullion coin buyers have been peculiarly nonplussed. … Continue reading
While everybody else is getting into a holiday mood, I must do the opposite. I have two trips coming up quickly. On Saturday, Clifford Mishler, Joel Edler and I head for Chicago. We are the program for the Chicago … Continue reading
When a new Treasury secretary is selected by President-elect Donald Trump, what should be in his inbox? As head of the department in which the Secret Service is based, perhaps the new Treasury secretary can recommend a crackdown on the … Continue reading