Author Archives: Dave Harper

2016 forecasts better than my 2015’s

I did better with my annual forecasts for 2016 than I did for the year before. But I feel worse. I relapsed into getting gold and silver wrong again. Whereas in 2015 I had a 50-50 result, my forecasts for … Continue reading

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FUN convention makes fast start

It was busy on the bourse floor at the Florida United Numismatists convention yesterday. That is a good sign, especially when it lasts most of the day. A crowd was waiting in the lobby to get in at 10 a.m. after a … Continue reading

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Good year for auctions in prospect

Rising interest rates just might be good for the numismatic auction market. That is the point of a conversation I had with paper money auctioneer Lyn Knight yesterday. I stopped by his table as I walked around the bourse floor … Continue reading

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Kagin’s extends contest deadline

The deadline for the auction catalog cover contest hosted by Kagin’s Auctions has changed, so I’m using my blog space this morning to pass along the information. Details follow. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, Kagin’s Auctions, the official auctioneer … Continue reading

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Cashless society makes advances

I bought a soda in the break room before I sat down to write this column. I do not do this very often, but I had a hankering for a Coke. I had two $1 bills in my hand. Price … Continue reading

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Coin boom to start in 2017

I am an optimist by nature. That does not mean I am a grinning idiot at all times in all circumstances. Far from it. There are moments of disappointment and sadness, too, but I bounce back to my native optimism. … Continue reading

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Mint output under one billion

November circulating coin production at the U.S. Mint fell to levels not seen since February. The 976.04 million coin output total beat February’s 930.26 million, but not by much. All other months of 2016 saw output well over 1 billion … Continue reading

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Did silver and gold treat you right?

The last business day of the year is a time for taking stock of our successes and mistakes. Forecasters have run out of days in 2016 to affect annual results. I am waiting for the closes of gold and silver … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Give back those gold Mercury dimes

With the United States Mint’s weekly sales period ending on Christmas Day, you can imagine how slow this week’s sales have been. In fact, the total for the gold Mercury dime actually went backwards by 35. The sales figure now … Continue reading

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Star power for Miss Liberty in gold

When was the last time a Treasury secretary got involved in a ceremony to unveil a new coin design? Can’t remember? Neither can I. It certainly doesn’t happen routinely. That is what will make a ceremony in the Treasury’s ornate … Continue reading

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