Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mystery dime not what it seems

A reader recently sent an email to me that told me he had owned a coin for years that looks to him to be a 1940-D Roosevelt dime. As every collector knows, the Roosevelt series began in 1946. The reader … Continue reading

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Excitement fades for gold Standing Liberty

The Mint is speedily delivering the 47,884 gold Standing Liberty quarters ordered by collectors on the first day, Sept. 8. Superb quality is the hallmark of the coins thus far, according to hobbyists. I had a telephone call yesterday from … Continue reading

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Gold buyers show common sense

When September rolls around, do you think of the record price for gold? I do. It has been just over five years since the precious metal traded for $1,900 a troy ounce back in September 2011. What a year that … Continue reading

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Hey, I got a new nickel

When was the last time I mentioned looking at my change? Can’t remember? Neither can I. After paying my tab for Friday fish at Too-Dars cafe here in Iola, I was handed quite a handful. My bill was $6.07. I … Continue reading

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No sellout yet for gold Standing Liberty

No sellout. No complaints? You underestimate the ingenuity of coin collectors to carp about the U.S. Mint. All day yesterday it looked like a very smooth offer for the gold Standing Liberty quarter. I checked from time to time to … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver Liberty steps back a little bit

Since we cannot talk about a sellout of the gold Standing Liberty quarter, how about talking about yesterday’s sellout, or to be more precise, the Aug. 23 sellout of the silver Liberty medal? Some orders didn’t work out. There was … Continue reading

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Excited about 2023?

If you had to reinvent the product line of the U.S. Mint from scratch, where would you start? Currently the Mint offers many products that hardly seem worth the cost of storing inventory. Each week I update numbers of things … Continue reading

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Can gold sellout be achieved tomorrow?

To buy or not to buy, that is the question. The gold quarter-ounce Standing Liberty quarter goes on sale at the Mint tomorrow at noon Eastern time. Frantic calculations are being made all across the land. While cost and personal … Continue reading

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How not to promote show

For many years Numismatic News has offered free listings for coin shows in its Show Directory section. It is a popular service. I believe that helping shows get a boost helps us all, whether we are collectors or dealers. When … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver bullion Eagle sales glide lower

Can you believe it? For a third month in a row, sales of silver bullion American Eagles declined. Admittedly, the decline is small, just 90,000 pieces. The Mint sold 1,280,000 coins in August to its Authorized Purchasers, compared to 1,370,000 … Continue reading

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