Author Archives: Dave Harper

Add ‘P,’ lower cent mintage

Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that … Continue reading

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New book aimed at proof coin lovers

Roger W. Burdette has written a new book. The intrepid researcher has titled it, United States Proof Coins 1936-1942. What a rich vein of information he has mined. When I was a kid ordering my first proof sets from the … Continue reading

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Put automatic order limits on all Mint offers

It is time for the U.S. Mint to create a new sales policy. Any offer of anything it makes during the first week of availability should be limited to one to a customer. That’s it. It should be automatic. There … Continue reading

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Strange tale told by cent mintage numbers

Adding a “P” mintmark to the Philadelphia cent of 2017 should increase demand for the coin, right? Wrong. So far the opposite has happened. Production in the first three months of 2017 is actually lower. The U.S. Mint reports that … Continue reading

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Cash still wins in this spending race

Sweden might be leading a march to a cashless society, but the United States doesn’t seem inclined to follow. I noticed a story on CNBC this morning about the use of credit cards. Check it out. It is interesting. The … Continue reading

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Future where only -70s will matter

I am an optimist. Coin collecting will always exist. Something that we can trace to Renaissance princes 700 years ago who started with ancient Roman coins to celebrate their ancestors is not going to disappear. What will happen is it … Continue reading

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New way to collect silver Eagles arrives

The Holy Grail of Lincoln cent collectors was to find a 1909-S VDB in change. The circulation finds generation had the 484,000 mintage memorized. But what if the 484,000 1909-S VDB coins did not have the “S” mintmark on them? … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Eagles hog the limelight in early April

In the opening days of April the Mint sold 255,000 silver American Eagle bullion coins, a figure that is nothing to write home about. Complete March figures are below, as well as the numbers for 2017 through April 5. For … Continue reading

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New Miss Liberty $100 gold coin arrives today

Got a spare $1,640? The Mint hopes so. It has a goal of extracting $164 million from the collector coin field. Can it do so? We will find out starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time today when the American Liberty … Continue reading

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Tax shock could shake coins and bullion

Financial news yesterday said the Trump Administration was considering a value added tax as part of its tax reform. That should scare all coin collectors. While a news story about consideration is a long way off from actual adoption, it … Continue reading

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