Author Archives: Dave Harper

Silver has hit $20 an ounce. Is it time to sell?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Silver has hit $20 an ounce. Is it time to sell? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More on … Continue reading

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Cars or coins, it’s all collecting

Iola, Wis., is swarming with old car collectors this morning as the annual car show gets under way. Over 100,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the show over three days. I ogled some vehicles that were common in … Continue reading

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Collect bullion coins? Absolutely

Bullion coins were invented to be a convenient way to trade a known quantity of precious metal without the bother of assaying them every time they changed hands. That’s the theory. Obviously, there are other reasons to buy bullion coins. … Continue reading

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Platinum sellout a puzzler

Sellout. The proof platinum American Eagle that went on sale June 30 was already showing it was unavailable the next day on the Mint website. Do the current frisky markets for precious metals generally have anything to do with it? … Continue reading

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Final good-bye to Chet

Today is the funeral for Chet Krause in Iola, Wis. It will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Iola-Scandinavia High School, which is the largest venue in this town of 1,300. I expect many people will be … Continue reading

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Chet Krause taught by example

I am the longest-serving employee still working for the firm that Chet Krause founded. I arrived in 1978. Susie Melum followed a few weeks after me as a full-time hire. It was appropriate then that she was the one who … Continue reading

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Are you excited about the approaching issuance of a U.S. palladium coin?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are you excited about the approaching issuance of a U.S. palladium coin? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More … Continue reading

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Keep paper money in spotlight

The author Oscar Wilde liked clever turns of phrase. He said the only thing worse than being talked about was not being talked about. Such was the thinking of a 19th century celebrity that would probably fit the thinking of … Continue reading

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Current $1 set’s appeal debased

Both of my grandfathers were in France fighting against imperial German troops during World War I. The experience changed them. How could it not? Popular culture came up with a song, “How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After … Continue reading

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Wisdom of silver buyers

Have average bullion coin investors begun to run out of money for buying silver American Eagles? That might be an overdramatic question, but the June sales figures, with just three days to go in the month, are running at half … Continue reading

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