Author Archives: Dave Harper

Are Eagle sales sending us a signal?

Silver and gold buyers probably remember the year 2016 as the year of two markets. The first half of the year saw precious metals go up and up. They had racked up huge gains by the beginning of July. Then … Continue reading

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Steel question a surprisingly common one

A recent email contains a version of a question that I have been receiving for my entire career. The writer said, “Just before I moved to Florida, I sold most of my coins, but before I did I was looking … Continue reading

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Chewed out, but times do change

I was chewed out by a Numismatic News reader the other day. He was upset with an advertisement that appeared in the paper. Specifically, there was an ad that offered to sell “Make America Great” coins. The pieces in question … Continue reading

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Online coin shop reminds me of old days

I had an email notification the other day from Stack’s Bowers. The venerable auction firm has created an online store that it calls “The Coin Shop.” Naturally, I immediately followed the link to the new offering to see what might … Continue reading

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Checking his change since 1955

I received an email the other day from someone who says he has been a collector since 1955. That is a long time. I hope he has enjoyed it. The contents of the email give me the opportunity to stand … Continue reading

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Anyone buying circulated Mercs?

This week’s letter section has a submission from a reader suggesting that the 1916-D Mercury dime is an overvalued coin. I look forward to seeing how readers react to this opinion. In circulated grades, it certainly might be. When I … Continue reading

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Those ‘P’ cents now turning up

Philadelphia Mint cents with the new “P” mintmark on them are beginning to spread their wings and fly to all corners of the country. I have wondered in a prior blog how long it would take for regular collector reports … Continue reading

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Mint Stats: Snooze fest only term for this week’s sales

What do you make of a week when the most exciting sales number at the U.S. Mint is the 3,698 additional 2016 uncirculated coin sets that were sold? Dull, right? Nevertheless, there simply was not much excitement. The silver proof … Continue reading

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Time to look at a California trip

My business travel schedule has been very heavy since November. The pace will ease in the coming weeks, but that doesn’t mean I will become invisible. Right now I am working on arrangements for a trip out to California. I … Continue reading

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What’s an ounce of celebration worth?

The milestones of life are marked by every collector. Weddings, graduations, births – all deserve recognition. How about length of time someone is a collector? That is a milestone that is little recognized. Brian E. Fanton is one of the … Continue reading

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