Author Archives: Dave Harper

New silver Eagle design draws opinions

In weekly Numismatic News poll questions, I have never had much luck inquiring about silver American Eagles as investment objects. But ask about potential design change as recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recently and it is a different … Continue reading

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Can’t drive bullion

If you had made a bundle of money in gold and silver between 2001 and 2011, how would you have spent your profits? A new car perhaps? I was reading an article in the “AARP Bulletin” about the buyers of … Continue reading

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Proof Eagles in shadow of baseball

The baseball silver dollar has sold out, so the sales numbers on this page are now simply curiosities compiled by the Mint on April 6. Continue reading

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Sell as fast as you can?

The cupped baseball silver dollar is sold out now, joining the cupped gold $5 at that status. Only the cupped clad half dollar now remains. The Mint’s website shows that the silver dollars will be shipped April 24 while clad … Continue reading

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From bullion buyer to collector

Last night I attended the annual dinner of the Nicolet Coin Club in Green Bay, Wis. Clifford Mishler, Numismatic News columnist and former American Numismatic Association president, drove. Joel Edler, former “Coin Market” editor and ad manager, and I joined … Continue reading

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A silver sellout likely

It won’t be long now until the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollars sell out, judging from figures released by the U.S. Mint yesterday. Only 33,660 remained out of a maximum 400,000. Proofs sales totaled 238,636 and uncirculated … Continue reading

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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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