Author Archives: Dave Harper

1878-S dollar gets ‘Specimen’ grade

In the first year of striking Morgan silver dollars, did the San Francisco Mint make special coins for dignitaries? It looks like a strong “yes” is the answer from information provided by the Professional Coin Grading Service. PCGS says it … Continue reading

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FUN elevates Numismatic Ambassador Award

The Numismatic Ambassador Award has been honoring the volunteers that make the coin hobby tick for 44 years. Making this ongoing effort possible is the Florida United Numismatists organization. FUN took over responsibility for the award after Numismatic News bowed … Continue reading

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World War I sets back on sale

I like leftover food. Some menu items like chili and hot dishes taste better if there has been a little time for the ingredients to settle in together. Does it work for coins? The United States Mint hopes so. Back … Continue reading

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1,794 reasons to go to ANA show

I cannot believe the wealth of historical and rare coins that will be put on display next week in Philadelphia. The American Numismatic Association is going to see a bourse floor turned into a treasure house at the World’s Fair … Continue reading

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Error on reverse proof could be valuable

Ready. Set. Go! A new error has been reported. Everyone who has ordered a 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set has a chance to get one. Yesterday, reader Mark Warda sent this email to me: “I just received from … Continue reading

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Leftover Tuesday at the U.S. Mint

I like leftover food. Some menu items like chili and hot dishes taste better if there has been a little time for the ingredients to settle in together. Does it work for coins? The United States Mint hopes so. Back … Continue reading

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Specimen 1878-S Morgan slabbed by PCGS

In the first year of striking Morgan silver dollars, did the San Francisco Mint make special coins for dignitaries? It looks like the answer is a strong “yes” from information provided by the Professional Coin Grading Service. PCGS says it … Continue reading

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Who has the biggest pile of gold $20s?

United States Steel was the first billion dollar corporation back in 1901. Apple looks like it will be the first trillion dollar corporation 117 years later. The maker of the iPhone is not there yet. It was trading at $201.70 … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Reverse proof numbers shy of sellout

Still interested in reverse proof sets? After all, a week is a long time in the Internet Age. Since the last column, the Mint has sold 39,281 of the San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set. This brings the total to … Continue reading

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Coin dealer’s Mom was buying gold

If you want to know what a professional coin dealer would sell his own mother, you have that chance thanks to a www.GreatCollections.com auction Aug. 26. The Irvine, Calif., firm will conduct an online auction of the Ruth Weinberg Estate. … Continue reading

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