Author Archives: Dave Harper

FUN convention off and running

The Florida United Numismatists convention had a good set-up day yesterday and I am looking f0rward to the rest of the event. Of course, just getting to Orlando successfully puts me way ahead of my no-show status last year. There … Continue reading

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Time for the FUN show

Today is a travel day for me. Wish me luck. I hope to arrive in Orlando, Fla., to attend the Florida United Numismatists convention. I never made it to last year’s show because plunging temperatures and a great deal of … Continue reading

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Paper money holds value better than thought?

One of the fun aspects of being a coin collector is finding things that I wasn’t looking for. This can happen on the bourse floor. This can happen with information. A couple of days ago I was looking for something … Continue reading

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Heritage makes it big

When I went to school I was taught about the formation of U.S. Steel, the first billion dollar American company at the beginning of the 20th century. That impressed me. In 2015 we are now are on the threshold of … Continue reading

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For a few days we set the pace

Markets act strangely when many players are away on a long holiday weekend. Numismatics is a relative small fry compared to other world markets so we are always looking outward for cues for our behavior. The question today is whether … Continue reading

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Do cupped coins have a future?

It is time to wish everyone a happy new year. I hope it is a prosperous one for everyone and coin collectors can pursue their numismatic dreams. In 2014 we had some instances that make me wonder how they can be topped … Continue reading

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Good year for U.S. rarities

How big is the U.S. rare coin business? I have been asked that over and over again in my career. There is no official record keeper, so we have to rely on estimates from organizations like the Professional Numismatists Guild. … Continue reading

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Back to 1968 and the future

Remember the old TV commercials telling us that Certs is a candy mint and Certs is a breath mint? I might be showing my age by recalling this. I googled the lines and was led to a posted commercial from … Continue reading

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Others busy, but not me

Sellout of the 2014 one-ounce silver American Eagle bullion coin was announced midday Dec. 24 by the U.S. Mint. Authorized Purchasers carried away a record 44,006,000 pieces. Last year’s sales record was 42,675,000. Now we have until Jan. 12 to … Continue reading

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Original packages create problems

Have you ever tried to sell a set from the U.S. Mint that is not in its original packaging or does not have all the paperwork? Not pleasant is it, if you are expecting full price? For many years Numismatic … Continue reading

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