Author Archives: Dave Harper

Are U.S. Mint uncirculated coin sets worth their cost?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are U.S. Mint uncirculated coin sets worth their cost? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. More about the subject: … Continue reading

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Gold puzzle beyond me

A hint yesterday that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at the June meeting of the board of governors seems to have momentarily unnerved gold buyers. When I checked the Kitco website this morning, the precious metal was trading … Continue reading

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Mint set’s time has passed

Today the U.S. Mint will begin selling the 2016 uncirculated coin set, which features an uncirculated example of all current coinage. Using the term current coinage is fraught these days because half dollars and dollar coins basically do not circulate. … Continue reading

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Back where I started

When I visited my mother last week, she had just cleaned out her purse. All of the change that had accumulated was removed. She remarked on how much lighter her purse was when she lifted it. Interestingly, when I had … Continue reading

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Stopped at the border

I have long believed that telling people they cannot have something is a sure way to make them want it. Perhaps we will see this demonstrated with the new Royal Canadian Mint $20 coin marking the 40th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Should the gold dime be considered part of a complete Mercury dime set?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Should the gold dime be considered part of a complete Mercury dime set? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: david.harper@fwcommunity.com. … Continue reading

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Let’s hold a coin show

For a number of years now, worry has been expressed about the fate of coin shows. The Internet is making it less necessary to go to a show auction to bid, or to sit across the bourse table to buy … Continue reading

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Cash habit makes cent an old friend

Remember Wimpy in the Popeye cartoons saying he would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today? If he had had a credit card, that is essentially what he would have done without being a mooch. But times change. The … Continue reading

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Quick, more bullion, yes or no?

This week’s Numismatic News poll question asks, “Should the Mint strike new silver dimes, quarters and halves for the bullion market?” At this point those who are in favor are leading 57 percent to 43 percent against. Poll questions are … Continue reading

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Lifetime of errors

Computer records take on lives of their own – and sometimes not in a good way. I expect you can vouch for that statement and cite examples. In the Internet age we have all been identified in some fashion in … Continue reading

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