Author Archives: Dave Harper

ICTA wins another one for coin buyers

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has notched another sales tax win. Congratulations. Alabama becomes the 37th state to exempt sales of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion and money, ICTA’s David Crenshaw reports. Numismatic commerce can blossom thanks to … Continue reading

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Dimes and quarters hold U.S. Mint’s fate

American coin collectors like to gripe that the Mint’s coin prices are too high. The numbers in the Mint’s latest annual report for fiscal year 2017 imply they are too low. The report notes that the profit for all numismatic … Continue reading

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More than one way to strike gold

Where’s my gold coin? A better question is, where is yours? The American Numismatic Association is sponsoring a writing contest for members to celebrate National Coin Week. This year’s observance of numismatics is scheduled for the week of April 15-21. … Continue reading

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Vacation souvenir made of California gold

Coins from the California Gold Rush have captured the imaginations of numismatists for almost 170 years. When flecks of gold were found in the American River at Sutter’s Mill and reported by John Marshall in 1848, the race to great … Continue reading

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How about a label for 2018 cents?

It appears a fountain of new cents has been yielding huge quantities of Denver coins across America. Why Denver is getting this honor, I don’t know. But the best summary of it came from a reader who lives in Orlando … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Proof silver Eagles outshine other coins

Proof 2018-W silver American Eagles are in the spotlight this week. Why? Sales did not decline. The weekly advance was counted in the thousands rather than the hundreds as most other categories were. Sales of the proof stand at 245,901, … Continue reading

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Everybody wins with National Bank Notes

One important reason the North won the American Civil War was it could borrow money on a gigantic scale. One important reason the South lost was it could not do the same. The creation of National Bank Notes in 1863 … Continue reading

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NGC first to reach 40 million coin milestone

When Clifford Mishler gave me a job interview 40 years ago today, slabs did not exist. How times change. Yesterday, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced that it is first to have graded its 40 millionth coin. What an amazing milestone. The … Continue reading

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Bullion Eagle sales repeating 2017 pattern?

Yesterday I thought for a moment that gold was going to dip right back to the point it started the year. This morning, the Kitco price quote was $1,320 when I checked. This is still slightly higher than the $1,306.30 … Continue reading

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Now even gold needs a gimmick

Just how strongly needed is the novelty factor with coin issues from the United States Mint? When the 2018 proof gold American Eagle coins are put on sale March 1, most collectors will simply ignore them. Such was not always … Continue reading

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