Author Archives: Dave Harper

What happens next?

Today is not a day of numismatic significance, but it might become one if the British people vote to leave the European Union. Whether the advantages of staying, or risks of leaving the EU win the political argument, I cannot say. … Continue reading

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Will you be a buyer of the 2016 Liberty silver medals?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Will you be a buyer of the 2016 Liberty silver medals? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More on … Continue reading

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Missing Saturday at ANA

Have you made your plans to go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money yet? I feel like I waited to the last minute this year. My colleague Bob Van Ryzin and I made our plans and booked … Continue reading

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Give up cash?

I have found that I am using my credit card more in recent weeks – at least the pile of receipts that I collect each month makes it seem that way. Could it be that I am losing interest in … Continue reading

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When gold coins reappear

Since the immediate sellout of the gold Mercury dime Centennial coin April 21, successive weekly Mint reports have revealed that the actual number of coins sold have been falling further and further way from the 125,000 round number previously announced … Continue reading

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Would you buy bullion from a dealer who charges sales tax?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Would you buy bullion from a dealer who charges sales tax? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More on … Continue reading

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Teensy-weensy as a collector term

Did you ever put a cent on a railroad track? When the train came along it was squashed and squeezed into an interesting shape. I only ever did it once because when I was a kid it was still a … Continue reading

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Sellout or no sellout?

Gold passed the $1,300 level this morning. My mind was on gold for a different reason. I began my day in the dentist chair. With the age of my teeth, each visit becomes a question of whether I might need … Continue reading

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Big one got away

Stories of the one that got away are staples of fishermen and women. Wisconsin is fishing country and I have heard my share. I had an email overnight from a coin collector to tell me a story of the coin that … Continue reading

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10 million memories

I was saddened when I read the news that Chicago coin dealer Walter Pershke had died. His passing May 20 at the age of 77 but not revealed until last week closes the door on an era of super rarities. … Continue reading

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