Author Archives: Dave Harper

Boys Town coins take places in stat box

I finally had to move the 2016 commemoratives off the page as the Boys Town coins have arrived. They take up a lot of space. Fortunately, all sales numbers from last year’s commemoratives remained the same as last week with … Continue reading

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Price of silver Eagle tells whole story

What’s it worth is probably the most frequently asked question in numismatics. I’ll bet it even leads “What is it?” Most people think a coin that is the same as another coin should be of equal value. This morning’s exercise … Continue reading

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Big and small emails say it all

My email is a rich source of information. Much of what I receive finds its way to readers in one form or another. Some email is spam and gets deleted. But there are also examples of emails that kind of … Continue reading

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$2 discount on $2 bill movie story

After writing yesterday’s blog about the Two Dollar Bill Documentary, its producer sent me more information about himself and how he came to do the movie. He tells an interesting story. Today’s blog is also worth a $2 discount if you … Continue reading

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Making a star out of the $2 bill

My topic this morning is the $2 bill. Did you know there is a movie about it? No? I didn’t either. I was contacted by the producer/director by email. He wrote: “My continuing mission is to spread the word about … Continue reading

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If avoiding loss is goal, choose gold

Many coin collectors are dismayed to discover that they have coins they purchased years ago that have lost value. That is not pleasant. But nobody promised that every coin would rise in value over time. That is the collector hope, … Continue reading

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Can’t go wrong with gold commems?

In 1982 and 1983 the annual U.S. Mint uncirculated set was abolished. It was a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury. We collectors howled. It was brought back in 1984. It has been sold annually ever since. Were we mistaken to … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: More proof gold sold than bullion versions

Bullion sales began slowly in March. In fact, the pace is so lackadaisical that no gold Buffalo coins have yet been sold this month. I have left February numbers in the space. For Eagles, figures for both gold and silver … Continue reading

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Lifetime interest a golden years benefit

The beauty of coin collecting is it can be embraced equally by people who are 8 or 80 years old. Many collectors hold onto their interest throughout their lives, even if their budgets do not allow expenditures on coins during … Continue reading

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Who is buying the proof gold Eagles?

Are coins a luxury good, or are they for everyone? That’s a question that has been asked repeatedly in the half century I have been a collector. Collectors putting Lincoln cents in their Whitman albums have been shoulder to shoulder … Continue reading

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