Author Archives: Dave Harper

Russians return to Europe’s coin shows

Russian buyers are back. Not in big numbers, but coin dealers are smiling in anticipation. Word from several dealers I spoke to on the closing day of the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany, is that their results improved this year. … Continue reading

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Compare yourself to reader profile

I wrote a blog the other day on a topic that I think is important enough to repeat. I have put the complete blog text here: Trying to figure out what is important to readers is based in part on … Continue reading

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Can there be too many coins?

I think the answer to my own question is no. There can never be too many coins. However, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, it helps to focus on one or two items to truly appreciate the originality of … Continue reading

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New and old make strong sales mix

I had a meeting with the managing director of the South African Mint, Tumi Tsehlo. We talked about the coming launch later this month of the new silver Krugerrand in the United States. It has been 50 years since the … Continue reading

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Berlin becomes the center of numismatics

I am making my way to the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. I don’t like the jet lag, but the physical discomfort is for a good cause. There is no numismatic event like it anywhere else on the planet. … Continue reading

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Souvenirs don’t make good investments

We are still waiting for particulars about potential Donald Trump Presidential inaugural medals. What we are not waiting for are privately produced souvenirs of the 45th President’s swearing in. They are being advertised all over. There are so many in … Continue reading

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Money artist Boggs dies in Florida

Money artist J.S.G Boggs died Jan. 22 in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 62. If you don’t remember him, that is not surprising. He has been off the radar screen of numismatists for almost 20 years. He drew copies … Continue reading

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Want a scholarship? PNG offers one.

How badly do you want it is a question often asked of star atheletes in famous competitions like the Super Bowl. The same question can be asked of aspiring young coin collectors. Those who do want it are being offered … Continue reading

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Nickels were last hurrah for finds

Even when I was a kid, Jefferson nickels did not rate very highly among collectors. I might not have been able to explain it, but I got the message. As a result, the series was the last one I began … Continue reading

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Mint pricing sometimes looks crazy

Mint pricing is baffling to collectors. If you want a 2017 Lions commemorative silver dollar, the price is $47.95 for a proof. The uncirculated is $46.95. The difference is $1. Collectors have long believed proof coins ago be superior pieces that … Continue reading

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