Author Archives: Dave Harper

Making a life choice that sticks

I had an email from a reader who found some old copies of Numismatic News from almost 15 years ago. The image was too dark to use here, but I could see the headlines. Perhaps the most memorable one was … Continue reading

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Big Kennedy anniversary coming soon

In one week it will be the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth. How do you plan to mark the occasion? It is an important date. He is forever young because of his assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, … Continue reading

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Keep using ‘P’ on Philadelphia cents

It has been five months since the United States Mint began quietly releasing Philadelphia cents with a “P” mintmark on them. I am noticing an uptick in questions related to mintmarks. Is there a connection? I think there is, but … Continue reading

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Dimes pass billion mark in four months

The United States Mint cut coin production by one-third in the month of April. Overall, the monthly number was down by 486,260,000 coins to 959,540,000. March production was 1,445,800,000 pieces. If large numbers make you roll your eyes, the pattern … Continue reading

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May revival for silver Eagles

The midpoint of the month was reached just a few days ago. I took a look at the sales figure for silver American Eagles. They stood at 1,560,000. That is almost double the 835,000 pieces sold in the entire month … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Gold coins tell their stories in numbers

Let’s talk about gold. The gold Buffalo proof coin went on sale. Initial numbers show collectors grabbed 7,597 in the first three days. To make room, I took the 2016 gold proof sales number off the chart below. It was … Continue reading

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When was the last time you were excited?

Have you purchased any Boys Town or Lions commemorative coins this year? For that matter, have you bought any commemoratives at all in recent years? Sadly, many collectors seem to be giving these monuments to history a pass. Numismatic philosophers … Continue reading

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Do you want to be told where to go?

Sometimes being told where to go is a nice thing. For example, take the Numismatic News Coin Show and Auction Guide. It is compiled semi-annually. It is the most complete list of shows available at any one time. If you … Continue reading

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No mintmarks now source of confusion

Generational shifts are awkward things. Common knowledge to one set of people ceases to become common knowledge. One topic area I am noticing this shift in more and more regards the addition of the Philadelphia “P” mintmark to American coins. … Continue reading

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Ransoms aren’t what they used to be

Gold gets no respect once again. Hackers attempting to  hold the world’s computers for ransom demand payment not in gold but in Bitcoin. There is a lesson here. Gold is an inflation hedge. Gold is a hedge against economic uncertainty. … Continue reading

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