Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint Stats: Silver Eagle shows off its stamina

The 2014-W proof silver American Eagle seems to have the stamina of a long-distance runner. Continue reading

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Smarter gold buyers?

Tight money and rising interest rates cut gold’s price by nearly half from the January 1980 peak to March of that year. Yesterday’s Federal Reserve policy announcements, which led to rising interest rates, did a number on gold, but so … Continue reading

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Aluminum cent’s fate in doubt

Perhaps the aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent will not be sold at the Central States auction at the end of April. The Mint wants it back. A letter was sent Feb. 26 to owners  Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell demanding its … Continue reading

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National motto theme of art contest

Almost every collector knows that the first coin to use the “In God We Trust” national motto was the two-cent piece first struck in 1864. Probably fewer collectors know the story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s removal of the motto from … Continue reading

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Decimals make a difference

Every kid in school has to learn about decimals in math and how to keep track of like values. Such a little thing as the location of a decimal point has a big impact. I am reminded of this because … Continue reading

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Fate of the cent fascinates all of us

I was delighted to see the Viewpoint on Page 7 come my way. I hope you enjoy reading it. It shows collectors at their best and most controversial. It is usually hard to achieve such a combination. Continue reading

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Nickel primes the charity’s pump

Earlier this year I asked readers to report their first findings of 2014-dated coinage. It is an annual tradition with collectors to report when new coins are spotted in change. As usual, the first coin to appear was a cent … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Platinum’s back where it belongs

For the first time since 2008, the bullion platinum American Eagle coin has taken its place in the monthly Eagle sales table. Continue reading

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What’s gold trying to tell us?

Gold has been ratcheting higher this year. Yesterday it was $1,367 a troy ounce. It is doing this despite the fact that demand for gold American Eagles is not robust. In the opening days of March, demand for the one-ounce … Continue reading

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Platinum gets its second chance

The one-ounce platinum American Eagle bullion coin returned to the U.S. Mint’s lineup on Monday. The initial sales number stands at 8,700. If that number turns into a weekly sales rate, that would be huge. In 2008, the last year … Continue reading

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