Author Archives: Dave Harper

Bit by bit it adds up

One of my routine tasks each month is to update the foreign exchange table for World Coin News, sister publication to Numismatic News. Collectors of foreign coins need to know what the conversion rates are to keep abreast of coin … Continue reading

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Out of sight, out of mind

Whatever coin collectors might think of Presidential dollars, for the general public the coins are clearly slipping into the past – at least if a recent phone call is any guide. The caller had a number of Presidential dollars that … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Buyers find gold in baseball offering

The gold baseball coins sold out the day after they went on sale. Continue reading

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No better time?

April is going to be a busy month. I have a local coin club banquet to attend next week. In three weeks I will be at the 75th anniversary convention of the Central States Numismatic Society. Other staffers here will … Continue reading

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It’s the right color

Mark Twain was right. History might not repeat, but it does rhyme. A good example of this can be found in cents. Numismatic News in recent weeks has reported on the discovery of the first 1974-D aluminum cent, its consignment … Continue reading

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Glad it wasn’t a $20

What’s the use of having gray hair if you cannot complain about the younger generation once in a while? That thought crossed my mind as I sat down to write this. I made a small purchase the other day at … Continue reading

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Surcharges add up to one big gift

Half a billion dollars is a lot of money. Wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading

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More gold for the bold

Collectors proved to be wild for cupped gold baseball commemorative coins last week. Will they be equally wild for a more traditional gold coin product that goes on sale April 4? On that date, the proof American Eagle gold coins … Continue reading

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Baseball gold sellout likely

Initial sales figures for the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives show just how wise the Mint was in putting order limits into effect the day before sales began yesterday. In less than 24 hours the Mint has sold 41,797 … Continue reading

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Fast or slow, baseball coin way to go?

Word from the Whitman show in Baltimore is dealers were paying people $300 to wait in line at the U.S. Mint booth March 27 to purchase the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives. Continue reading

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