Author Archives: Dave Harper

How not to promote show

For many years Numismatic News has offered free listings for coin shows in its Show Directory section. It is a popular service. I believe that helping shows get a boost helps us all, whether we are collectors or dealers. When … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Silver bullion Eagle sales glide lower

Can you believe it? For a third month in a row, sales of silver bullion American Eagles declined. Admittedly, the decline is small, just 90,000 pieces. The Mint sold 1,280,000 coins in August to its Authorized Purchasers, compared to 1,370,000 … Continue reading

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What’s the silver crowd telling us?

There is a body of economic evidence saying there is a certain intelligence in the actions of crowds. This is a positive counterpoint to crowds running amuck from time to time. Whether there is any great wisdom residing in this collective, … Continue reading

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Build a gold coin set

If a newcomer asked me to recommend something in the numismatic field this morning, I would tell him to consider gold. It is an under collected area, because it seems so expensive to make a start. You don’t find gold … Continue reading

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Golden idea or fool’s gold?

Collectors are wildly enthusiastic about the gold Centennial issues of 2016. The Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar designs are being issued in gold to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of these three popular designs … Continue reading

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Dollar series ends with whimper

The last hurrah for the Presidential coin series will come when the Mint chooses to offer the Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles set. Will this send the series out with a bang or a whimper? It has been difficult for collectors … Continue reading

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Silver Eagles’ week to remember?

A 10 percent off sale wouldn’t attract the public to a department store. But will it attract silver buyers back to the silver American Eagle? That is a question we are in the process of answering. Silver bullion started a … Continue reading

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Mint’s wheel of fortune

With the silver Liberty medal sold out on Aug. 23, the next potential collector heart stopper will be the gold Standing Liberty quarter on Sept. 8. Helping to stoke potential demand for this, which is the second of three Centennial … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Medals sell out, but watch those 9s

Until precise numbers are offered by the Mint, I provisionally have put sales numbers for the “S” and “W” silver Liberty medals at 12,500 each on the opposite page. As the front page explains, they sold out in less than … Continue reading

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Dad’s coins offer challenge

Winston Churchill said the American and the British are divided by a common language. The same might be said about collectors and noncollectors. I had lunch Tuesday at a local eatery. I sat at the counter with a husband and … Continue reading

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