Author Archives: Dave Harper

Sad end of proud coin club

I have just had word that a coin club has died. It could be any club experiencing declining attendance. But it is the Inland Empire Coin Club in Washington State that has reached its end. Treasurer Jon Kettner writes: “In … Continue reading

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All the silver Eagles you want

Rationing of silver American Eagle supplies has ended at the U.S. Mint. “We are pleased to announce after 28 weeks of allocation in 2016, effective Monday, July 18, 2016, we have lifted allocation of American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins. Authorized … Continue reading

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ANA Panda buying panic coming?

Pandamania swept American numismatics in the 1980s with the issuance of show-related special Chinese Panda coin designs. Will this fervor return Aug. 9 -11 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.? Show organizers hope so. … Continue reading

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Should the U.S. issue gold-backed paper money alongside its fiat issues?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Should the U.S. issue gold-backed paper money alongside its fiat issues? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More on … Continue reading

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Battle of the 20s

The mystery of declining demand for U.S. Mint silver American Eagle coins continues. At near the midpoint of the month, July 13, Authorized Purchasers have taken 545,000 of these bullion coins from the U.S. Mint. That seems astonishingly low for … Continue reading

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Silver, gold prices on the rise

Silver has been rocket powered since June 1, going from $15.90 a troy ounce to $20.13 by July 12, a gain of almost 27 percent in six weeks. Gold was merely strong, forging ahead from $1,212 to $1,334.10 a troy … Continue reading

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Buffalo nickel makes my day

An Ohio reader has reported receiving a 1934 Buffalo nickel in change after he purchased a soda. My mind immediately began walking down two pathways simultaneously. My first thought was perhaps some club, dealer or collector put the coin into … Continue reading

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Silver proof sets stay strong

Let’s revisit a topic I raised June 9 about the rising popularity of silver proof sets relative to the standard clad proof set. I noted that more silver proof sets were being sold as a percentage relative to clad proof … Continue reading

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Bullion no longer just our secret

For many years the bullion coin business has been a profitable cash flow machine for the numismatic business. I remember the days of coin counting machines clanking away on the bourse floor. When bullion was frisky, conventions were noisy. With … Continue reading

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Endings can be sweet

Endings can be welcomed, accepted as milestones, or simply lamented. The end of the car show in Iola, Wis., this past weekend is always welcomed by those of us who volunteer to staff it. It is an exciting event. It … Continue reading

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