Author Archives: Dave Harper

In the bag for collectors

If you have never ordered a bag of new quarters from the U.S. Mint, you should try it at least once. There is something about getting a quantity of new coins from the Mint that has always appealed to me. … Continue reading

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Gold boost welcome end to week

The roller-coaster ride continues for gold. My morning check of the Kitco website showed the metal vaulting $28.80 to $1,239.20 an ounce. In the month of May, gold declined from nearly $1,300 to barely above $1,200 in expectation that the … Continue reading

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Can enhanced uncirculated finishes in special sets boost Native American dollar collecting?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Can enhanced uncirculated finishes in special sets boost Native American dollar collecting? 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 … Continue reading

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Memphis the place to be

The International Paper Money Show is in Memphis this weekend. My colleague, Bob Van Ryzin, who edits Bank Note Reporter, is on his way there as I write this. I am sure it will be a great event. It always … Continue reading

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Are you a pioneer?

Some collectors are pioneers. They head off in directions where the mainstream does not follow. Where most of us buy the book, buy the album and then fill it up, others don’t want to be bound by convention. Good for … Continue reading

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History and trading two different things

I happened to check bullion prices yesterday afternoon. It was a holiday in the United States, but not elsewhere in the world. Gold and silver were dropping to very near the nice round numbers of $1,200 and $16 when I … Continue reading

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If Canada abolishes the 5-cent coin, would the U.S. follow suit?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: If Canada abolishes the 5-cent coin, would the U.S. follow suit? 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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Hawaii in my daydreams

I had an email from the Hawaii State Numismatic Association to provide me with the details of their upcoming 53rd coin show. It has been a daydream of mine to go to a coin show in Hawaii ever since the … Continue reading

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What to make of rarities

Does the fact that the finest known 1804 silver dollar failed to sell Tuesday night in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries-Sotheby’s auction of 63 rarities from the D. Brent Pogue Collection signal any change in condition in the numismatic market? Certainly … Continue reading

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Jump, buy, repeat

When the Mint says jump, we collectors jump. As soon as the Mint announces some coin or set is available we try to get into the door simultaneously. This is understandable when there is a high likelihood of a quick sellout. … Continue reading

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