Author Archives: Dave Harper

Advice worth more than gold

If you could give a word of advice to every new collector, what would it be? We all make mistakes that we should have avoided. A little guidance from prior generations might have helped. Not every bit of numismatic information … Continue reading

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Don’t date yourself

When did you go to school? I went to school long enough ago that Pluto was considered a planet. The solar system then had nine planets. Now it has eight. If you had learned about the solar system before 1930, … Continue reading

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Silver Eagle rationing to return?

Will rationing return to limit purchases of 2014 silver American Eagle bullion coins from the U.S. Mint? It might. But the Mint calls it allocation. On Friday, in response to questions from me, the Mint said “The demand we have … Continue reading

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Ready to buy or sell on 2016 date?

Some collectors are already anticipating the prospects of 2016 U.S. Mint reproductions of 1916 designs. But rather than spending nearly two years just waiting around, now might be the time to actually collect the original Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter … Continue reading

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Eagles, Eagles, who wants Eagles?

Low demand for American Eagle bullion coins in August allowed the U.S. Mint to get a jump on production of 2015 Eagles, the Mint says, but the September demand surge for the coins caused it to refocus on 2014 output The … Continue reading

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Silver can be more than an investment

How about a stroll down memory lane? If you are looking for a new challenge at reasonable cost, you might just take a look at the APMEX website. It is a bullion sales site to be sure, but there is … Continue reading

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Dollar disses gold – temporarily

If you wonder why the prices of gold and silver are in retreat, yesterday’s financial market headline that the U.S. dollar has risen 7.7 percent against an index of world currencies in just three months is a good place to … Continue reading

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Canada tries out small gold coin

The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the most savvy marketing organizations in the world. Yet I can’t quite wrap my mind around the concept behind a new product announced last week. The RCM is now selling gold Maple Leaf … Continue reading

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Coin appraisals seem to be little known service

I have written often about the responsibility of coin collectors to give proper instructions to heirs for the disposal of coin collections. My task is one that will never be completed because coin collectors are so terrible at taking this advice. … Continue reading

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Designs give reviewers a workout

If you do not believe the nation’s coin artists are busy, perhaps this issue of Numismatic News will persuade you otherwise. Pages are chock full of potential and recommended coin and medal designs as reviewed by the Commission of Fine … Continue reading

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