Author Archives: Dave Harper

Does cheaper oil mean cheaper gold?

Shock headlines are interesting things online. They can be fact, have little to no basis in fact, or simply be speculation, but you want to read the stories behind them anyway because such headlines are so unexpected. You can’t make a … Continue reading

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Hostile to bitcoin?

Am I hostile to bitcoin, the currency that exists in electronic form only without the backing of a government or central bank? I decided I probably am. There was news yesterday about another bitcoin theft. The value taken converts to … Continue reading

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Pogue collection shows us how it’s done

A popular daydream is asking someone what they would do if they won the lottery. Would a coin collector dash out and buy all of the coins of his dreams? If only it were that easy. To be able to … Continue reading

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Will collectors take note?

In an age of bitcoin, a currency without physical form, can a new tangible local note find traction? We’ll find out. I had an email yesterday from Bruce Holland Rogers to tell me of his new effort to launch a … Continue reading

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FUN slates its first Ambassador breakfast

The next chapter in the history of the Numismatic Ambassador Award was begun by action of the board of directors of the Florida United Numismatists on Saturday. It was decided that award winners, past and future, will be honored at … Continue reading

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Gold as a four-letter word

Americans have assets totaling almost $83 trillion as of the end of 2014, according to the Federal Reserve. That figure rose by just over $4 trillion in 12 months, which is an increase of a little over 5 percent. Obviously, … Continue reading

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2015 coin production starts strong

For the Chinese it is the Year of the Sheep (Goat), but for the U.S. Mint, it might be called the year of the quarter. Production numbers are ramping up from last year. During the first two months of 2015, … Continue reading

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Let’s play proof gold bingo

The question of the day is whether the downtrend in the price of gold will make collectors more likely or less likely to buy the 2015 proof gold American Eagle coins when the go on sale at noon Eastern Daylight … Continue reading

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Does logic dictate price?

Price guides have always been popular in my time in numismatics. Knowing what something is worth is crucial information. But the logic of pricing can sometimes seem strange or even nonsensical. It probably shouldn’t even be called logic. An email … Continue reading

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No matter where it is, we go

To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chicago Coin Club, the board of governors of the American Numismatic Association decided to schedule the 2019 summer convention in Chicago. Naturally, club members are pleased with the decision … Continue reading

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