Author Archives: Dave Harper

Rare gold $5 found in New England

A stunning gold coin find has been made by a lucky New England man. A fourth 1854-S $5 gold piece has been authenticated as genuine by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. This raises the number known to exist from three to four. … Continue reading

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Bid $100,000 and the gold coin is yours

Boston goldsmith Joseph Edwards Jr. doesn’t have the fame Ephraim Brasher and his Brasher doubloon do, but the two men were in the same business. Both were goldsmiths who stamped foreign gold coins of adjusted weight to indicate a standard … Continue reading

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Jackson stays on $20 at least to 2026

Andrew Jackson’s place on the $20 bill is secure at least until 2026. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was supposed to replace him by 2020, the 100th anniversary year of women’s right to vote. However, that will not now be the case. … Continue reading

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Famous 1913 Liberty nickel to be auctioned

When I heard that the finest-known 1913 Liberty Head nickel will go on the auction block Aug. 15 at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, I almost felt tingles. The story of the nickel is one of my … Continue reading

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Profit motive has quite a kick to it

The profit motive is powerful. The challenge for numismatics is how to harness it. In a way, it is playing with fire. I have never met a collector who did not want to profit from his collection. But I have … Continue reading

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Is the end of coins hidden in plain sight?

The end of coins has been a topic collectors have talked about for many years. We still have coins. End of discussion? Not quite. How would the end of coins arrive in our society? Would we recognize it if we … Continue reading

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Jackson wins victory on way to new $20

Andrew Jackson’s place on the $20 bill is secure at least until 2026. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was supposed to replace him by 2020, the 100th anniversary year of women’s right to vote. However that will not now be the case. … Continue reading

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No time to waste building dream

Are you a collector like me who has too many half-finished sets? You might, as I do, have leftover sets from childhood that have little value, or you might have some coins that represent significant value but you just didn’t … Continue reading

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Mint Statistics: Returns ding World War I set numbers

How many weeks in a row can the Mint subtract sales from the World War I Silver Dollar and Service Medal sets? We don’t have the answer yet because they are still declining. Every single one of the five versions … Continue reading

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Story of 1933 $20 to be told at PAN

If you had the opportunity to learn the inside story of one of the great numismatic mysteries, what would it be? The 1913 Liberty Head nickel? Perhaps the 1884 and 1885 proof Trade dollars? How about the 1933 $20 gold … Continue reading

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