Author Archives: Dave Harper

Belly up to the silver art bar?

When I first started working as a numismatic journalist in 1978, I was assigned to follow the happenings at local clubs. I followed their activities from their newsletters and at their meetings held at conventions and shows that I was … Continue reading

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Fill up those change jars faster

Let the good times roll. Coin output at the U.S. Mint is signaling more good times to come. Through the month of May, the Mint has produced almost 7.4 billion coins in the calendar year 2015. That works out to … Continue reading

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Circling around silver

Physical silver demand might be scraping along lows in recent weeks, and there is no telling how long it might stay depressed. However in the past month I have had a couple of casual inquiries about the metal in the course … Continue reading

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Act like a new high school graduate

It is graduation season. If you have a high school graduate in your family, long-term thinking is the order of the day. What college degree will be the most useful for a career that will stretch from 2019 to 2059? … Continue reading

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Do coin shops serve your current needs?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Do coin shops serve your current needs? 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. Some articles on … Continue reading

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Abolish cash? Keep dreamin’

It seems to be fashionable now to forecast that cash will soon be abolished. Really? With another major hack attack and data breach that hit the federal government just announced yesterday, do you really think electronic payments are secure enough … Continue reading

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Texas holds show despite floods

Flooding of biblical proportions in parts of the state did not prevent the Texas Numismatic Association from holding its show May 29-31 at the Arlington Convention Center just outside Dallas. Some attendees at the convention hotel even received flash flood … Continue reading

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More than one reason to buy silver

My blog on Tuesday about the decline in silver American Eagle sales elicited comments on Facebook that I found interesting. Everybody has many reasons for buying silver Eagles or not buying them as the case may be. There were a … Continue reading

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Is more less or less more?

Coin collectors are well known complainers about the U.S. Mint. Some complaints are justified. Some are not. When I returned from the Texas Numismatic Association convention to the office on Monday, waiting for me was a pile of mail. In … Continue reading

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Silver’s future the question

At the end of 2015 will I be writing a story declaring that sales of silver American Eagle bullion coins have declined 30 percent from the record 2014 level? It is a distinct possibility. Sales are falling dramatically. In May, … Continue reading

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