Author Archives: Dave Harper

Quick visit for Mint chief

It was a quick in and out visit by the head of the U.S. Mint to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 11. Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson helped to cut the ribbon to open the convention … Continue reading

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PNG shows its all about people

Ever wonder how the titans of the numismatic business got that way? Last night at the annual dinner of the Professional Numismatists Guild at Gibson’s restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., you wouldn’t even ask the question. It … Continue reading

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Journey to the center of numismatics

Here we go. It is American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money week in Rosemont, Ill., a Chicago suburb. A huge bourse, two significant auctions and more meetings and social gatherings than any individual can attend will keep thousands of … Continue reading

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Are too many collector decisions now influenced by economic headlines?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are too many collector decisions now influenced by economic headlines? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Dave Harper here: Dave.Harper@fwcommunity.com. … Continue reading

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Movie after long wait?

This week I finally had time to watch the movie, “Woman in Gold” on DVD. I liked it. It was a David versus Goliath kind of story. A Gustav Klimt painting was stolen by the Nazis in Vienna in 1938. … Continue reading

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North American Coins and Prices makes sense

Coin collectors tend of have a wide range of interests. When I was a kid, I saved everything from rocks to stamps and tried to make sense of what I was finding. The same wide range of interests also applied … Continue reading

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Silver Eagles comeback slow

Did coin buyers run out of money at the beginning of August? This is perhaps a silly question, but a failure of the new 2015 High Relief gold $100 to sell out its 50,000-coin supply despite a strong start was … Continue reading

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Time to get out already?

Sales of the 2015 High Relief $100 gold piece have hit a wall. Daily demand has fallen to practically nothing. Total sales as of Sunday, Aug. 2, reached a very strong 41,930 after the coin first became available Thursday, July … Continue reading

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Fast and furious?

Readers are getting delivery of the 2015 High Relief $100 gold piece with the new rendition of Miss Liberty. The coin went on sale just last Thursday, July 30. Kudos to the Mint for having a large number of coins … Continue reading

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Here are my orders for the day

Have we turned into numismatic robots? Are average collector buying decisions now determined less by needing to fill out a set and more by what outside influences are pushing us to do? Everybody knows that the average age of collectors … Continue reading

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