Author Archives: Dave Harper

Silver decline makes me think of quarters

Is the sagging price of silver becoming a sore point for anyone? When I checked the Kitco website this morning, silver was trading for $14.46 a troy ounce. This is down from roughly $48 in April 2011. At today’s price, … Continue reading

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Denver Mint leads June production

The Denver Mint struck nearly one billion coins for circulation use during the month of June. Philadelphia maintained a more leisurely pace, registering output of nearly 700 million during the month. The two mints together cranked out almost 1.7 billion … Continue reading

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Send your check now

Private firms offering numismatic items to people who know nothing about the field have been commonplace for many years. Every so often a reader will send me examples of these offers for my information. Yesterday two such communications came my … Continue reading

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About the box

Many collectors have ordered coins from the U.S. Mint over the years and upon receipt simply stored them in the original mailer. I have done that, especially with commemorative coins. There really is no album for them, so they end … Continue reading

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Proof sets mostly forgotten?

The silver American Eagle bullion coin is probably the most widely followed coin issue of the United States Mint. Is there a collector in the land who does not own one? Only quick sellouts of things like the Truman Coin … Continue reading

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Cheaper gold, more 2016 sales?

Collectors of U.S. coins might have to say thank you to China. Why? Read on. Expectations are building among coin collectors about next year’s U.S. Mint offering of gold Mercury dimes, Standing Liberty quarters and Walking Liberty half dollars. The … Continue reading

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More silver Eagles July 27

Silver American Eagle bullion coins will be put back on sale by the U.S. Mint on July 27, 20 days after the July 7 notice was sent saying that it had run out of the coins. The Mint’s rationing system, … Continue reading

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How low can it go?

The price of an ounce of platinum fell below $1,000 this morning. Will gold be close behind? I checked the Kitco website a little more extensively than I usually do because platinum’s fall below that nice round number made we … Continue reading

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Is the drop in order limit from 5 to 2 a good idea for the Ike Coin and Chronicles set?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Is the drop in order limit from 5 to 2 a good idea for the Ike Coin and Chronicles set? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering … Continue reading

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Save date for Memphis

Dates have been set for next year’s International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn. It is a little earlier than usual, beginning June 1 and running through June 5 at the Cook Convention Center. This a familiar gathering for paper … Continue reading

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