Author Archives: Dave Harper

Gold gains make a good week

Leave it to gold to put some excitement into the week. It is vaulting toward $1,300 this morning, according to the Kitco website. We are back where we were a year ago. We have seen strong performances in June before. … Continue reading

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Silver proof set price cut raises hopes

The trend to cheaper proof sets continues June 7. That is the date the 2017 silver proof set will be offered to collectors by the United States Mint. Issue price is $47.95. Last year’s issue price was $52.95. Collectors save … Continue reading

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Shed a tear for end of mail orders?

The Mint is closing a chapter in its history. It will no longer accept orders by mail as of Oct. 1. Any received will be returned to sender with instructions on how to order coins by telephone or via the … Continue reading

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Coins might not be where you think they are

Who is watching your back? In the case of one fortunate coin buyer, who didn’t even realize some coins of his had been stolen, it is Bill Walker of Heritage Auctions. Thanks to Walker’s outstanding professionalism and research skills, five … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Interest in bullion coins rises in May

Silver American Eagles were putting in a respectable showing as the month of May was coming to an end. Sales stand at 2,455,000. This figure beats sales for every month this year except January. But it is still not a … Continue reading

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Will you read it if I write ‘Mind Your Business’?

I cannot afford the $100,000-$150,000 likely sales price of a pewter Continental dollar that will be offered June 19 in a Spink USA sale in New York City. But I do enjoy looking at it every time it and others … Continue reading

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Coin questions are worth a premium

If you have ever watched a helium balloon accidentally float off into the sky, you know how important it is to stay tethered to the ground. The same is true for coin collectors as a group. There are many interesting … Continue reading

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I still can’t find new coins in change

A 2017-D nickel is in my pocket. It is the only thing I have to show for looking at my change over the weekend. I was traveling for Memorial Day. That is not unusual. Many Americans were. I had hoped that … Continue reading

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Cooling off with coins in the summer

It is almost summer. Hot and humid weather brings back memories. Summer was the heyday of my circulation finds efforts when I was a kid. It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t interested in coins during the school year, it … Continue reading

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Summer starts; put coins away?

The unofficial start of summer commences with Memorial Day weekend. I am certainly looking forward to three days of activity that does not involve coin collecting. Good weather is too valuable to waste in Wisconsin. That is probably why coin … Continue reading

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