Author Archives: Dave Harper

Don’t let Wall Street disturb you

I wrote a blog a couple of days ago while the financial markets were throwing a fit. It is hard not to notice problems on Wall Street. However, we collectors should be grateful that we don’t have to, as I … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Negative sales the new Mint norm?

This is the week where the Mint apparently was taking coins back rather than selling new ones. The one-ounce proof 2018-W silver American Eagle saw sales decline by 5,968 to 235,897. Some buyers of the World War I two-piece coin … Continue reading

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Can new British mint service possibly succeed?

The British Royal Mint is going into the coin authentication and valuing service. Can you believe it? You should. With countries moving to cashlessness, what’s a mint to do to stay relevant in the 21st century? The Royal Mint announced … Continue reading

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Kagin catalog cover design contest deadline nears

Calling all artists. Gold and silver coins will be given as prizes for two designs. What kind of designs, you may ask? Specifically, Don Kagin is looking for a catalog cover for his March 2018 American Numismatic Association National Money … Continue reading

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Get your bullion tax deduction right

The April tax deadline looms. Taxpayers are looking for every deduction they can find. One of the big ones is a contribution to a personal Individual Retirement Account. These deductions can be as much as $6,500 per person. Why not … Continue reading

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Coin wisdom doesn’t come from daily fluctuations

Will the stock market continue to plunge today after big selloffs Friday and Monday? Coin collectors who have 401(k) plans and IRAs probably want to know. Bitcoin, the darling of fad chasers, has plunged 62 percent from its recent peak. … Continue reading

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Finding silver in change raises question

When was the last time you found a silver coin in your change? For me, it was last year. When it was is not in my memory. I  received a silver dime. A Numismatic News reader in Florida has reported … Continue reading

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Collectors attracted to sunken treasure

Nothing gets the general public more worked up about coins than saying they are sunken treasure. The fact that Dwight Manley and his marketing group have got a new $40 million batch to sell is great news for organized numismatics. … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: New 2018 issues climb very slowly

World War I Centennial two-piece set sales advanced a bit in the latest reporting week, but none of them is anywhere near a sellout. The set with the Army medal in it was up by 1,871, Air Service by 1,664, … Continue reading

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More treasure goes to Long Beach

Can you believe another $40 million of sunken treasure has been recovered from the S.S. Central America? If you are ready to drool over it as I am, be sure to attend the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamps & Sports … Continue reading

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