Author Archives: Dave Harper

Buy coins without guilt by budgeting

When I was a kid, I could spend every dollar I earned on coins if I chose to do so. I have never known such freedom since. Life tends to push more and more responsibilities on you. Choices suddenly must … Continue reading

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Time to go to Whitman’s Baltimore Expo

Are you going to Baltimore today or perhaps on the weekend? The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Show is under way. Even in this age of the Internet, it is one of the must-attend events on the numismatic hobby’s annual show … Continue reading

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Counterstamp honors Balfour Declaration

I had an email a few days ago from Israel Lachovsky, a coin dealer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Nov. 2 was the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a World War I statement of British support for a national home … Continue reading

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Professional Numismatists Guild issues silver

A new option has been created for silver bullion investors by the Professional Numismatists Guild. A one-ounce .999 fine silver round is being introduced. The PNG’s Accredited Precious Metals Dealers will be offering these new rounds in the marketplace. PNG … Continue reading

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Recheck that information before you act

I was out of town on Saturday, but I happened to look at Facebook. Someone in Iola had posted a message about how expensive gasoline had suddenly gotten. It was up to $3.33 a gallon. That caught my attention. It … Continue reading

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Mint conducts a ‘Liberty’ experiment

I often rank Mint offerings by dollar amount earned as a proxy for popularity. My supposition is that if collectors spend $20 million instead of $10 million, they are twice as happy. It is in this vein that I have … Continue reading

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Feds asked to look into fakes

Just how bad is the counterfeiting problem in the U.S. coin and bullion industry? We just don’t know. That is part of our current problem. We know it is bad enough that the Industry Council for Tangible Assets created a … Continue reading

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How to lose a cent but gain knowledge

When I was a kid, Canadian cents would circulate alongside American coins of the same denomination. I knew Queen Elizabeth II, as well as her father George VI, from the royal portraits that passed through my hands. These coins technically … Continue reading

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Get busy with your 2018 plans

Have you been thinking about what you will be doing in 2018? I have. My first trip to a coin show in the new year will be to the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 4-7 in Tampa. I have started … Continue reading

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Silver beats gold in the three-legged race

It is no secret that demand for U.S. bullion coins has been weak this year. Monitoring sales is a bit like watching a three-legged race at a picnic. The marvel sometimes is that anybody finishes. However, it can be pointed … Continue reading

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