Author Archives: Dave Harper

Not quite what I daydreamed of

When I was a kid working on filling my two Whitman Lincoln cent albums, I searched through cents every chance I got. I dreamed of someday finding a 1909-S VDB like a customer on my paper route had done. I … Continue reading

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Now it’s the Lee 1913 nickel

Owning one of the five 1913 Liberty Head nickels is a privilege reserved for very few collectors. The coin is not cheap. When the owner of one of these rarities contacts me, I sit up and take notice. I had … Continue reading

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FUN, sun and coins

After my comment yesterday about moving to Florida to avoid the Wisconsin snow, I had an email from former American Numismatic Association President Gary Lewis this morning. “Why wait?” he asked. “The weather is great (it is 60 at 6 … Continue reading

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Golden future in 10 years?

On Friday I exchanged emails with a longtime collector, reader and gold fan. The proof gold Kennedy half dollar was on his mind. “Do you think that the Kennedy 50th anniversary half dollar gold coin is a good buy from … Continue reading

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Please help the mystery man

I had a strange phone call as I sat down to write this. The caller was bringing a subscription delivery issue to my attention, which happens from time to time. I am glad to help. But what was odd was the … Continue reading

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Silver too cheap to resist?

The Mint is out of silver American Eagles – Again. What does it mean? Other than the Mint seems to consistently underestimate its market, we should probably be cautious about jumping to conclusions. Some think that the fact that the … Continue reading

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Mint runs out of silver Eagles

The Mint  has been cleaned out of its 2014 silver American Eagle supply. There is no word on when more will be made available nor whether rationing would return, though that would be likely in the face of current high … Continue reading

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Does bullion depress Kennedy buyers?

Gold is down another $23 this morning from yesterday’s closing price. It is trading at $1,144.20 a troy ounce, according to the Kitco website Silver is lower as well. It has sunk to $15.37, off almost 56 cents from yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Book finds another fan

I recommended a book in a blog posted at the beginning of last week. It is a work of fiction called “The Time Cellar” by Marc Emory and has a numismatic component weaved into the plot that is both essential … Continue reading

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Some things don’t change

It is a new month with new challenges. However, some things never change – and that’s a good thing. I came in bright and early to review my weekend email. One of the emails pointed out that there were some … Continue reading

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