Author Archives: Dave Harper

Will the Mark Twain silver dollar be a good buy when it is finally released?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Will the Mark Twain silver dollar be a good buy when it is finally released? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by … Continue reading

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FUN waits for Eagles

Gold and silver buyers interested in 2016-dated bullion coins were acting very picky at the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan. 7-10 in Tampa, Fla. They could afford to be as no actual 2016 coins were available from the Mint until … Continue reading

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Kiss your money good-bye

It appears that the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II should be removed from British collector coins sold by the Royal Mint directly to hobbyists and replaced with that of the Joker, a Batman arch-villain. Buyers will find that the joke … Continue reading

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Another collector issue, another problem?

Is the Mint getting off to a bad start in 2016 regarding collector coin offers? We had the mystery of the Mark Twain silver dollar delay, which has postponed the offer from today. It turned out there was an error … Continue reading

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Tale of 1,010 FUN bourse tables

Yesterday I had a telephone conversation with Randy Campbell, president of the Florida United Numismatists. He wanted to give me the confirmed bourse table count at last weekend’s FUN show. The show is huge. It has been for years. It … Continue reading

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Twain mystery solved

The delay in the release of the Mark Twain silver dollars from the originally announced Jan. 14 date is not about the coin  at all. It is all about the Certificates of Authenticity, a Mint spokesman has revealed. They need … Continue reading

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Twain silver mystery

The Mint is delaying the release of the Mark Twain silver dollar commemoratives that were supposed to go on sale with the gold $5 on Jan. 14. Collectors have been commenting about this online in the last few days. The … Continue reading

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Gold still the story

First day bullion coin sales at the U.S. Mint once again point to strong demand for gold. Already in 2016, the Mint has sold 60,000 ounces of the precious metal in the form of American Eagles, or 74 percent of … Continue reading

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FUN start to 2016

With football playoffs dominating the sports news, perhaps it is appropriate to use a football metaphor to describe business at the Florida United Numismatists convention. Dealers were focused on the numismatic ground game. Those with knowledge and stamina were grinding … Continue reading

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Ambassador Awards given at FUN

The first class of Ambassador Awards given under the auspices of the Florida United Numismatists occurred this morning. I was honored to be a part of the Ambassador breakfast ceremony. My presence more than anything was to publicly pass the … Continue reading

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