Author Archives: Dave Harper

Toodle-Lew

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

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Lots of cash spent but no gold Walker sellout

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

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Why not prize for best VF Buffalo set?

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

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No time to abolish quarters

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

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Mint Stats: Collector favorites get sales boost

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

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Wait for the golden reward

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

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Gold and silver coin buyers plow ahead

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

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Talking turkey but not eating it

  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

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Treasury secretary can make a difference

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

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Cent, nickel melting ban imposed 10 years ago

The U.S. cent and nickel melting ban will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Dec. 14. It was imposed as an emergency measure. Old pre-1982 copper cents and any nickel were worth far more than face value as the year 2006 … Continue reading

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