Author Archives: Dave Harper

Do cupped coins have a future?

It is time to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope it is a prosperous one for everyone and coin collectors can pursue their numismatic dreams. In 2014 we had some instances that make me wonder how they can be topped … Continue reading

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Good year for U.S. rarities

How big is the U.S. rare coin business? I have been asked that over and over again in my career. There is no official record keeper, so we have to rely on estimates from organizations like the Professional Numismatists Guild. … Continue reading

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Back to 1968 and the future

Remember the old TV commercials telling us that Certs is a candy mint and Certs is a breath mint? I might be showing my age by recalling this. I googled the lines and was led to a posted commercial from … Continue reading

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Others busy, but not me

Sellout of the 2014 one-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coin was announced midday Dec. 24 by the U.S. Mint. Authorized Purchasers carried away a record 44,006,000 pieces. Last year’s sales record was 42,675,000. Now we have until Jan. 12 to … Continue reading

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Original packages create problems

Have you ever tried to sell a set from the U.S. Mint that is not in its original packaging or does not have all the paperwork? Not pleasant is it, if you are expecting full price? For many years Numismatic … Continue reading

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At last a definite end

While children all across America are waiting for Santa to arrive in a couple of days, the nation’s coin collectors have received a gift of sorts from the U.S. Mint. That gift is website clarity. The Mint’s website will now … Continue reading

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Order time for 2015 coins

Which product should the Mint put on sale first in 2015? You are correct if you guessed the 2015 proof silver American Eagle. Proof silver Eagles are perennial favorites that have even eclipsed proof sets as annual staples of collector … Continue reading

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Steel gets modest boost

The Mint wants more time to come up with alternative compositions for U.S. coinage and thanks to rebounding quarter mintages, seigniorage profits to the Treasury are once again rising despite the losses taken on cent and nickel production. The Mint … Continue reading

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New dawn for Cuban coins?

The national news media is focused on cigars. News that diplomatic relations will be restored with Cuba after over 50 years have numismatists looking at something else. I have already had an email wondering if the restrictions on online trading … Continue reading

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Law strikes blow against counterfeiters

Can the problem of counterfeit coins manufactured in China and shipped to the United States be eliminated? Congress just increased the weaponry available to defeat the menace. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets announced that the Senate passed legislation Dec. … Continue reading

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