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- Letters to the Editor (May 16, 2017) No luck cashing Travelers Cheques on vacation Karl Malden actually admonished people not to leave home without American Express Travelers Cheques. A few years ago, I took a few leftover Travelers Cheques on vacation with me and could not get anyone to cash them. A few hotel clerks did not even know what they were. I ...
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Author Archives: Dave Harper
Proof silver American Eagles have landed below. The first number is 233,010 sold in the first three days of availability. The 2017 issue has the traditional reeded edge, unlike last year’s edge letting to mark the 30th anniversary of the … Continue reading
If you are a commemorative coin buyer, what is the best deal among the Boys Town offerings? The clad halves? The silver dollars? The gold $5s? Many collectors would consider something made of precious metal to be a better buy … Continue reading
What does it mean for collectors to have no Presidential dollars for the first time since 2006? For starters, they will get a cheaper proof set. The clad and base metal group of proof coins has dropped in price by … Continue reading
Lincoln cents might not have much economic value anymore, but they sure do bring collectors together. Thanks to several stories published in Numismatic News since the beginning of the year, collectors are hot on the trail of 1983 copper cents. … Continue reading
Core buyers of the United States Mint’s proof silver American Eagles seem to be deserting the program. This is one conclusion that can be drawn from first day sales number for the 2017 coin. Buyers took up 226,173 silver proofs in the first … Continue reading
Every collector knows that age is not the determining factor when a coin’s value is being assessed. It is rarity, condition and level of demand. Age is important in identity and historical context. It also is important from a personal … Continue reading
Let’s say you were the smartest silver speculator ever. You bought the precious metal when it wasn’t so precious. That was back in 2001. Lets say on Nov. 5, 2001, you bought silver for $4.08 an ounce. Can you imagine … Continue reading
If you are watching 2017 America the Beautiful five-coin silver proof sets, you will notice something odd. This week’s total of 50,024 is 3,535 fewer than last week’s figure. In percentage terms, that’s quite a large adjustment. Could there have … Continue reading
When I was a kid, I used to page through price lists and daydream about the coins I would one day buy. Sometimes I did buy something. However, most of the time, my desires for coins far exceeded my ability … Continue reading