Author Archives: Dave Harper

Second chance for gold and platinum?

Second chances occur from time to time in life. The same is true for sold-out U.S. Mint coin offers in recent years. At the end of 2014 I was able to buy one of the cupped Baseball Hall of Fame … Continue reading

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Government wins 1933 gold $20s

The government has won again. It will not have to return 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces to the Langbord family, which had asked the Mint to authenticate them after they were located in a safe deposit box of material … Continue reading

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Put me in charge of Mint mintages?

What should the mintage number be for the quarter-ounce gold Standing Liberty Centennial quarter that will be released Sept. 8? It is the second of three gold coins the Mint is issuing this year to mark the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Start at PCGS booth at ANA

Next week the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money will be held in Anaheim, Calif. In addition to attending meetings, catching up with old friends, covering awards ceremonies and generally just seeing how busy commercial activity is, I will be … Continue reading

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Waiting and waiting and waiting

I have often used the metaphor that coin collectors waiting for potentially hot new U.S. coin issues are like kids just before Christmas waiting for Santa Claus. My morning email contained a message from a reader who turns the metaphor … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Low numbers everywhere you look

Perhaps silver bullion coin buyers do go on vacation. Sales of the one-ounce silver American Eagles hardly budged. They were up by 150,000 in the last week to reach 1,345,000. With just a couple of days of possible sales left, … Continue reading

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What do these numbers mean?

Here’s the test. What do these numbers have in common? 197, 29, 135, 197 and 23. Give up? You should. It is time to be away on vacation like the rest of the coin collecting population. Those numbers are the … Continue reading

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List makes it handy

I am counting down the days until I go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. Getting my office work done ahead of time and putting a schedule together for the week, Aug. 9-13, that … Continue reading

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Fuljenz to tell a classic story

At any given time, the world is new for someone. When I was in kindergarten, the kids in my class made white hand prints on black paper. Under the hand was the name of the child and the year. It … Continue reading

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Collectors should follow their heart

If you are worried about getting out, should you even get into numismatics? That issue is raised in a recent email to me. I am glad I began collecting in a simpler time, or perhaps I was just too dumb … Continue reading

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