Author Archives: Dave Harper

Today doesn’t count for gold

Good news. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs. The unemployment rate is down to 6.1 percent. Bad news. Gold is down $10 to $1,317.30. What do these two bits of information make you think? I am sure there are many … Continue reading

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When higher costs mean higher prices

I had a question awaiting me in my email this morning. It is one that has popped up more frequently this year. It has to do with retail pricing of proof sets. The collector asks why the Coin Market price … Continue reading

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Fly the flag for coins

It is only July 1, but my mind is already focused on July 4 and the Independence Day parade that I will happily watch. Like many other people, I will be on the road. That’s perhaps why my mind was … Continue reading

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Is gold at the wrong price?

Remember when gasoline was 19.9 cents a gallon? I do. The reason I recall is because one Saturday morning when I was very young, my father and my uncle and I were out running errands. What those errands might have … Continue reading

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New ways to do things

Modern collectors have some new problems that collectors of the past did not have to face. As an example, I received an email this morning that exemplifies one of them. “I have a graded coin by (commercial third-party grading service) … Continue reading

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Will vendors divorce coins?

As I was feeding more than one dollar bill into the vending machine yesterday I wondered what the future might hold for this particular sales method. It holds great sway over what kind of coins the United States might choose … Continue reading

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Calling all Watsons

While many collectors are waiting for delivery of their Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, I thought I would change the subject this morning. It might make the waiting seem shorter. Greg Ruby emailed me an announcement of the formation … Continue reading

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Out of silver Shenandoah bullion

The Mint has temporarily run out of the 2014 Shenandoah National Park 5-ounce America the Beautiful silver bullion coins that it sells to its Authorized Purchasers. Sales stand at 20,000 pieces. “We will be striking additional coins and will notify … Continue reading

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What about the strawberries?

Are people who own antiques and collectibles losing interest in them or are they simply better informed than they used to be? Yesterday the Iola Historical Society held its annual open house, strawberry festival and appraisal event. As a volunteer … Continue reading

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Best be a gold collector in long run

It doesn’t take much to get the gold commentators excited these days. We have vaulted over $1,300 again for the umpteenth time this year. Has a new up trend begun? I don’t know. I think it is premature to even … Continue reading

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