Author Archives: Dave Harper

Seen an altered coin lately?

What happens to coins that are altered outside of the Mint in order to make souvenirs out of them that can be marketed to the public? I don’t have the answer for everything, but I have one reader who regularly … Continue reading

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Getting a silver dollar education

Is 2014 the Year of the Peace dollar? It sure looks like it. Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers sold two rare matte proof high-relief 1922 Peace dollar coins for eye-popping prices in early June. The better of the two sold … Continue reading

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Gold movie gets a boost

The movie “Alongside Night” will get a boost July 14 when it premieres in Beverly Hills, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. at Laemmie’s Music Hall 3. For the past year it has been going from small venue to small venue. I … Continue reading

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Silver sales sag as clad moves along

Things can get a little topsy-turvy in numismatics during the summertime when many hobbyists are away on vacation. This has been brought home to me by two Mint-related bits of news. Yesterday, the Mint eliminated order limits on the clad … Continue reading

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Does the cent have a future?

There is a lively debate going on among Numismatic News readers about abolishing the cent and rounding prices. They are avidly submitting their thoughts for the Letters pages and the Viewpoint space. Why not join in? It costs twice face … Continue reading

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Will medal sales get a boost?

Whatever you think about the ability of Congress to function, it certainly knows how to hand out Congressional Gold Medals. The front page of Numismatic News for two weeks running had details about the awarding of a medal to honor … Continue reading

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To home and back

I had a good holiday weekend. I hope you did as well. My readers seemed to, judging from the reduced quantity of emails that were in my inbox this morning. The crowds that I encountered on the highway might be … Continue reading

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Today doesn’t count for gold

Good news. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs. The unemployment rate is down to 6.1 percent. Bad news. Gold is down $10 to $1,317.30. What do these two bits of information make you think? I am sure there are many … Continue reading

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When higher costs mean higher prices

I had a question awaiting me in my email this morning. It is one that has popped up more frequently this year. It has to do with retail pricing of proof sets. The collector asks why the Coin Market price … Continue reading

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Fly the flag for coins

It is only July 1, but my mind is already focused on July 4 and the Independence Day parade that I will happily watch. Like many other people, I will be on the road. That’s perhaps why my mind was … Continue reading

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