Author Archives: Dave Harper

663 ‘pennies’ for my thoughts

An experiment of nearly 10 years duration has come to an end. The container I was filling only with cents made of the pre-1982 95-percent copper, 5 percent zinc alloy was full. Yesterday, I took it to the bank to … Continue reading

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Gold is for everyone

This week’s Numismatic News poll question about participants’ willingness to buy the new Donald Trump gold, silver and copper medals is so far registering 94 percent against. Respondents are undoubtedly motivated by the present election contest. What results will be … Continue reading

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Are you interested in buying Donald Trump medals?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are you interested in buying Donald Trump medals? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More about the subject: – … Continue reading

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Join editors having fun

On April 28 I will be participating in a panel discussion about club newsletters during the Central States Numismatic Society’s annual get-together at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts for two hours. … Continue reading

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Counterfeits worth watching

Selling a fake U.S. $100 bill for $20 is the deal for counterfeiters in Peru. I learned this fascinating fact when I happened upon a very interesting article on Great Britain’s Guardian newspaper website yesterday. The faker being interviewed for … Continue reading

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Silver medal effort pays off

Collector triumphs. Perhaps we do not see enough statements like that. I use it this morning because a story of success can now be written about one collector’s quest. It started last year on Aug. 18 when a reader emailed … Continue reading

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Don’t be distracted from collecting

It is often said that in the Internet Age we Americans are being overwhelmed with information. That seems true. I expect most collectors would agree with me, especially after they look in their email inbox each morning and check the … Continue reading

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What makes great art?

After writing yesterday about clad proof sets, I was delighted to see a comment left by a reader. It made me think. It offered the idea that perhaps declining interest in clad proof sets might be due to the quality of … Continue reading

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Where did the speculative impulse go?

The regular clad proof set will be offered for sale on Friday by the U.S. Mint. This used to be considered the royalty of current coins in the minds of American collectors. Of course, you have to go back quite … Continue reading

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Should the Mint have been given back the 1974-D aluminum cent?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Should the Mint have been given back the 1974-D aluminum cent? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More about … Continue reading

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