Author Archives: Dave Harper

Putting potential buyers on the spot

“Does this dress make me look fat?” That question and ones like it are the nightmare of husbands everywhere. In numismatics, we have similar questions and answers. I had an email in my inbox this morning that I think is … Continue reading

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Nickel-plated zinc in our coin future?

Whether the United States ever changes the composition of its nickel, dime, quarter and half dollar is something that none of us can know. If it does, one of the leading candidates to serve as the new composition is nickel-plated … Continue reading

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What would you ask ANA board candidates?

It is election year for the American Numismatic Association. What would you ask the candidates? There is a forum for them at the National Money Show in Orlando March 10. Barbara Gregory, editor of The Numismatist, has asked me and … Continue reading

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Coin of the Year trophy goes to Italy

Italy claimed the 2017 Coin of the Year globe trophy Feb. 4 at an awards ceremony held at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. The winning coin, a silver 10-euro piece, marked the 70th anniversary of peace in Europe. … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Old programs slow to make room for new

With the accounting pinball machine bouncing numbers around, programs that have ended I am reluctant to remove from this report. Therefore, the 2017 Lions silver dollar has been put below the Mark Twain and National Park Service figures. In the … Continue reading

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Scottsdale Mint offers silver ‘heft factor’

Coin collectors have built a wall of plastic. They are cut off from the coins they love. Scottsdale Mint has a remedy. The firm knows we are mentally and physically attached to our coins, but we have a financial investment that … Continue reading

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Cent situation good or bad?

A Deltona, Fla., reader reported finding a 2017-D cent Feb. 4. He was hoping for the new “P” version, but it was a Denver coin. How did it get there? It is possible a tourist brought it, he speculated, noting … Continue reading

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Silver dollar shows heroes not forgotten

Juggling is a word to describe my first day back in the office following a week away at the World Money Fair in Berlin Germany. Even when all flights are on schedule as mine were, there does not seem to … Continue reading

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Russians return to Europe’s coin shows

Russian buyers are back. Not in big numbers, but coin dealers are smiling in anticipation. Word from several dealers I spoke to on the closing day of the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, is that their results improved this year. … Continue reading

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Compare yourself to reader profile

I wrote a blog the other day on a topic that I think is important enough to repeat. I have put the complete blog text here: Trying to figure out what is important to readers is based in part on … Continue reading

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