Author Archives: Dave Harper

Do you know what these pieces are?

Noted numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette needs help with his latest project. Can you provide it? He says he “is currently examining the private pattern coins and related pieces made by International Nickel Company (Inco) in 1964-65.” These were created … Continue reading

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Trump medal: Inaugural yes or no?

The Presidential inaugural medal series came to an end in 2017. Or did it? It might just depend on what collectors do. The Trump Presidential campaign website is now selling bronze medals. Collectors will apply the duck test. Does it … Continue reading

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My handwriting sets off a reader

Ever wonder what will happen as schools stop teaching cursive handwriting? I just had a taste of the possible results. Funny, though, this experience came in correspondence with an older gentleman. It all began with a letter to me from … Continue reading

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Palladium record shows it’s not like gold

Will you buy the new palladium bullion coin when it is released by the United States Mint? It is coming this month, though the exact date is still a mystery. Palladium is $945 an ounce. It is cheaper than gold, … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Bullion coin buyers take their time

Bullion coin sales began the month of September very slowly. With bullion moving higher, it is a puzzle as to the reason. Just 25,000 silver American Eagles were sold and 2,000 one-ounce gold Eagles. No gold Buffaloes were vended or … Continue reading

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World turns, so do spinning coin holders

Can a quarter holder that looks like a large snowflake attract youngsters? That is the hope of a Phoenix, Ariz., inventor named Elia Martinez. Each snowflake has room for five quarters. There is a hole in the center, allowing each one to … Continue reading

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Bottom hit for enhanced set sales?

The sales plunge has stopped for the United States Mint’s 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set. A two-week swoon of 16 percent of all sets was reversed in the week ending Sept. 3. Sales figures rose by 2,512 sets, according … Continue reading

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Can numismatics ignore the kids?

Can numismatics survive without kids? The short answer is yes. The long answer is it’s complicated. Historically, there have been two portals to entry to numismatics. Youth is one of them. I entered numismatics when I was eight years old. … Continue reading

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Wait until hype is over and then buy

The Forecaster is an investment newsletter than I have kept my eye on since 1969. John Kamin writes it from his base in Southern California. Longevity in the investment advisory business means that people find enough value in the advice … Continue reading

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Sellout reverses, sales plunge

Tumbling secondary market prices are prompting large numbers of canceled orders and returns of the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Sets to the U.S. Mint. The Mint has had to take back over 16 percent of the total sets ordered. … Continue reading

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