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Author Archives: Dave Harper
Good news. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs. The unemployment rate is down to 6.1 percent. Bad news. Gold is down $10 to $1,317.30. What do these two bits of information make you think? I am sure there are many … Continue reading
I had a question awaiting me in my email this morning. It is one that has popped up more frequently this year. It has to do with retail pricing of proof sets. The collector asks why the Coin Market price … Continue reading
It is only July 1, but my mind is already focused on July 4 and the Independence Day parade that I will happily watch. Like many other people, I will be on the road. That’s perhaps why my mind was … Continue reading
Remember when gasoline was 19.9 cents a gallon? I do. The reason I recall is because one Saturday morning when I was very young, my father and my uncle and I were out running errands. What those errands might have … Continue reading
Modern collectors have some new problems that collectors of the past did not have to face. As an example, I received an email this morning that exemplifies one of them. “I have a graded coin by (commercial third-party grading service) … Continue reading
As I was feeding more than one dollar bill into the vending machine yesterday I wondered what the future might hold for this particular sales method. It holds great sway over what kind of coins the United States might choose … Continue reading
While many collectors are waiting for delivery of their Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, I thought I would change the subject this morning. It might make the waiting seem shorter. Greg Ruby emailed me an announcement of the formation … Continue reading
The Mint has temporarily run out of the 2014 Shenandoah National Park 5-ounce America the Beautiful silver bullion coins that it sells to its Authorized Purchasers. Sales stand at 20,000 pieces. “We will be striking additional coins and will notify … Continue reading
Are people who own antiques and collectibles losing interest in them or are they simply better informed than they used to be? Yesterday the Iola Historical Society held its annual open house, strawberry festival and appraisal event. As a volunteer … Continue reading