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Author Archives: Dave Harper
The silver dollar market peaked in 1989. Is it time for a revival? You might say that the silver dollar market has never gone away. You would be right. It has long been a respected collector niche. However, it has … Continue reading
If you read my bitcoin blog on Monday, this is a logical extension of the topic. If this new stateless electronic object of value is not a good currency, despite or because of its rapid price appreciation, what is a … Continue reading
I had a telephone call this week from a collector who apparently has accumulated rolls quantities of state quarters, which were struck 1999-2008. Continue reading
I have been waiting quite a while for readers of Numismatic News to encounter their first 2014-dated coin in change and report it to me. As in nearly every year, the first reported coin in 2014 is a Lincoln cent … Continue reading
Every so often readers of Numismatic News get into a battle of letters over one topic or another. The mother of all these battles was about the question of when the 21st century began. Despite clear rules that each century … Continue reading
No sooner had I written a short story last week about Chicago coin dealer Harlan J. Berk deciding to accept bitcoins in payment for purchases, than something happened to call into question the very essence of the new currency. The … Continue reading
As movie character Forrest Gump says, life is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you are going to get. This reference seems apt this morning because of what was delivered to me by the U.S. Postal … Continue reading
Teenage drivers are well known for flooring the gas pedal and then hitting the brakes hard. Collectors have their own version of this behavior. Continue reading
As an editor I see many things on which I have to exercise a judgment. What will be of the most interest to readers? From what will they derive the most benefit? Sometimes the two questions yield answers that are … Continue reading