Author Archives: Dave Harper

Don’t confuse good investing with online entertainment

Gold and silver owners received their holiday gifts in December when gold passed the $1,300 level and silver rose beyond $17. By the year-end close, gold was at $1,306.30 and silver came to rest at $17.06. In percentage terms, gold … Continue reading

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Does the buyer have a leg to stand on?

When a coin comes back in a body bag from a third-party grading service, submitters are quite naturally disappointed that it wasn’t what they thought it was. What do you do with such a coin? A reader brought to my … Continue reading

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Put mintmarks on bullion Eagles

It is no longer news that output levels of silver American Eagle bullion coins are at 10-year lows. It was not so long ago that production was setting records. The 2015 number of 47 million pieces was a huge deal … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Not the dog days but May acts like it

My calendar says May, but activity at the U.S. Mint feels more like August’s dog days of summer. Look at bullion. Just 50,000 silver American Eagles have been sold so far in the month. With such a small number, you … Continue reading

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Do Internet stories age like fine wine?

If there had been an Internet in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, would computer users still be posting online questions to him on the electronic copy? I wonder. This week, I see a new … Continue reading

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Bedrock mint set goes on sale May 14

The United States Mint calls them Uncirculated Coin Sets. Hobby shorthand calls them mint sets. Whatever you call them, they go on sale Monday, May 14. The 2018 set contains 20 uncirculated coins, 10 pieces from each Mint coin production … Continue reading

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Morgans in Sotheby’s auction dazzling

Quick. What are the key dates of the Morgan series? Did you answer with the proof 1895? How about the 1889-CC? Both are good answers. In the case of a May 21 auction that will be conducted by Sotheby’s in … Continue reading

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Most collectors buy coins from the Mint

Do you buy coins and sets from the U.S. Mint? Most collectors have done so over the years. There are those who limit or have reduced the number of their purchases. There are those who pounce only on offers that … Continue reading

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Gold 8 escudos could bring $100,000

Boston goldsmith Joseph Edwards Jr. doesn’t have the fame Ephraim Brasher and his Brasher doubloon do, but the two men were in the same business. Both were goldsmiths who stamped foreign gold coins of adjusted weight to indicate a standard … Continue reading

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Shrink cent while cash still used

In the ongoing debate between keeping the cent and killing it off, I am surprised that the suggestion of shrinking it has so little traction. We have done it before as a nation. When the small cent arrived in 1857 … Continue reading

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