Author Archives: Dave Harper

Line up your cash for gold Mercury

The gold bullion market is not doing potential buyers of the 2016 Mercury dime Centennial gold coin any favors this week. When the coin goes on sale at noon Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, the price might be an unpleasant surprise. … Continue reading

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Markets move for some collectors

Most active collectors in the United States focus on the issues of the U.S. Mint. They comprise a very large group of people and the commercial aspect of this part of numismatics is the very definition of a mass market. … Continue reading

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Start a world coin collection in Rosemont

Today is my day to arrive at the Chicago International Coin Fair. Will I see you there? It is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. The … Continue reading

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Don’t buy just before tax deadline

Don’t buy proof American Eagles on the secondary market just before federal income taxes are due. This year the deadline is April 18. Many individuals wait until just before filing to fund their Individual Retirement Accounts. Those that choose to … Continue reading

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Get busy, coin artists

The April 28 deadline is approaching fast for artists who would like to enter the competition to choose designs for the World War I American Veterans Centennial commemorative silver dollar. At stake is a $10,000 prize. The first phase of … Continue reading

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In love with silver

This week’s poll question is proving that collectors prefer coins of silver to any other composition. Did we need proof to reach that conclusion? It is not a scientific poll, it is just a handful of collectors who expressed themselves … Continue reading

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Golden opportunity with Mercury?

Speculators will be asking themselves whether they think the new gold Mercury dime will sell out quickly when it goes on sale April 21 at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Mintage is up to 125,000. Price is not yet finalized, but … Continue reading

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Come to CICF show in Rosemont

The Chicago International Coin Fair opens next week in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., and I will be there. How about you? The event hosts a bourse that focuses on coins of the world and a Heritage Auction. There … Continue reading

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Graduate to a higher collecting level

The last few years have not been treating circulated grade collector coins well. While we are all dazzled by new heights for the top graded Mint State and proof pieces, values of coins that the circulation finds generation put in … Continue reading

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663 ‘pennies’ for my thoughts

An experiment of nearly 10 years duration has come to an end. The container I was filling only with cents made of the pre-1982 95-percent copper, 5 percent zinc alloy was full. Yesterday, I took it to the bank to … Continue reading

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