Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint Stats: Buyers find gold in baseball offering

The gold baseball coins sold out the day after they went on sale. Continue reading

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No better time?

April is going to be a busy month. I have a local coin club banquet to attend next week. In three weeks I will be at the 75th anniversary convention of the Central States Numismatic Society. Other staffers here will … Continue reading

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It’s the right color

Mark Twain was right. History might not repeat, but it does rhyme. A good example of this can be found in cents. Numismatic News in recent weeks has reported on the discovery of the first 1974-D aluminum cent, its consignment … Continue reading

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Glad it wasn’t a $20

What’s the use of having gray hair if you cannot complain about the younger generation once in a while? That thought crossed my mind as I sat down to write this. I made a small purchase the other day at … Continue reading

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Surcharges add up to one big gift

Half a billion dollars is a lot of money. Wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading

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More gold for the bold

Collectors proved to be wild for cupped gold baseball commemorative coins last week. Will they be equally wild for a more traditional gold coin product that goes on sale April 4? On that date, the proof American Eagle gold coins … Continue reading

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Baseball gold sellout likely

Initial sales figures for the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives show just how wise the Mint was in putting order limits into effect the day before sales began yesterday. In less than 24 hours the Mint has sold 41,797 … Continue reading

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Fast or slow, baseball coin way to go?

Word from the Whitman show in Baltimore is dealers were paying people $300 to wait in line at the U.S. Mint booth March 27 to purchase the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives. Continue reading

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Mint Stats: 5-ounce ATB sales make good start

Followers of silver bullion coins will note that the Mint has sold 4,330,000 American Eagles in March, a figure that beats the February total of 3,750,000. Continue reading

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Time for Baltimore show

Baltimore is the place to be today through this weekend as the Whitman show brings the nation’s numismatic heavy hitters together at the convention center to do business. What am I doing in Iola besides digging out from yet more … Continue reading

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