Author Archives: Dave Harper

It was never all about silver

When I look back to my beginnings in numismatics, I sometimes ask myself whether I should have been less the starry-eyed kid and more the commercially attuned realist. Since I was a kid at the time I began collecting, there … Continue reading

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Be glad you aren’t a Mint planner

Buyers have been losing interest in the one-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coin since the end of spring. May demand was 3,988,500 coins. If we round it to 4 million for easy calculation, we can say silver buyers were taking … Continue reading

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Cash in your forgotten coin stash

The Great Recession made all Americans more frugal. Coin collectors are no exception. Several years ago when silver was approaching its 2011 peak of almost $50 an ounce I suggested that collectors sell off coins made of silver that they … Continue reading

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What will be last dollar coin?

For many years I have supported the notion that the United States needed coins of higher value as inflation ate away the purchasing power of current coinage. But the American people have ignored the logic of higher value coins. The … Continue reading

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Mint will stop sales to upgrade system

For regular purchasers of coins from the U.S. Mint, scheduling a vacation Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 might be the thing to do. You won’t miss a thing. The Mint is suspending all deliveries during that period to aid its … Continue reading

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Only novelty Mint products sell?

Everybody knows that bullion gets the headlines, but it is the average collector who makes the numismatic hobby what it is. I decided to take a look at some of the meat-and-potato Mint issues to see how they are doing … Continue reading

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Anyone left to buy gold Kennedy from Mint?

If you don’t buy or sell anything made of precious metals, the daily fluctuations in the prices of gold or silver don’t really mean much. If you own some bullion, prices might give you a boost psychologically when they jump and … Continue reading

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No album for the future

Most coin collectors never get beyond collecting coins that they remember using. That was a great strength in the circulation finds era when it seemed like everybody collected Lincoln cents. Millions tried to fill their Whitman albums and drooled at … Continue reading

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Know what Roosevelt looked like?

All coin collectors are art critics. I am one as well. The art that we like to criticize is that which appears on coins, or is art proposed for use on future coins. My latest impulse to criticize occurs as … Continue reading

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Gold Kennedy to drop to bullion value?

How long will it be before 2014-W proof gold Kennedy half dollars trade at bullion value? The current issue price on the U.S. Mint website is $1,240. The bullion value is $968.25. The $271.75 difference is what covers Mint costs … Continue reading

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