Author Archives: Dave Harper

Mint Stats: Buyers snooze except for gold Eagles

Europeans take the month of August for vacation. Perhaps silver bullion American Eagle buyers do something similar. Sales in the first half of the month have reached only 380,000 pieces, down substantially from even July’s torpid pace. On the other … Continue reading

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Long live ANA auctions

Stack’s Bowers American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money convention auction results arrived yesterday after Numismatic News went to press. The firm reported $21 million in sales across the U.S. coin, world coin and paper money fields. This exceeded the … Continue reading

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Time to buy

I just wrote a mildly negative story about business conditions on the dealer bourse floor at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held last week in Anaheim, Calif. One market professional with whom I conversed yesterday said he … Continue reading

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Coin output jumps

More than 10 billion coins have been struck for circulation this year by the U.S. Mint through the month of July. Output in July was the highest of calendar year 2016, pushed up by production increases across the board for … Continue reading

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Mixed results at ANA show

“Business was good for all the wrong reasons,” said Harry Miller of his results at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 9-13 in Anaheim, Calif. “There was not a lot of retail public, which is kind of … Continue reading

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Tale of two numbers

Which Mint figure is more important? Monthly circulating coin production in July rose to the highest point of the year. 1,807,200,000 pieces came off the Mint’s presses. This beats the previous high number of 1,582,060,000 by 225,140,000 pieces. Normally, rising … Continue reading

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Cash is king for how long?

How long is the road to a cashless society in the United States? Precious metals oriented articles often declare sinister motives for the concept even being discussed. What happens to money when it is not even backed by paper? That … Continue reading

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Great time at ANA show

I enjoyed the American Numismatic Association convention held last week. I always am keenly interested in the main ANA event of the year. A real treat was when I listened to Q. David Bowers’ talk on the ANA’s 125th anniversary … Continue reading

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Congratulations 327 times

If I wrote “congratulations” 327 times, it would devalue the meaning of the word. Yet last night the presenters at the Numismatic Literary Guild Bash said they were giving out that number of awards. How the plaques do multiply. One … Continue reading

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Early ANA bourse business brisk

Opening day of business at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 9 in Anaheim, Calif., offered a positive contrast to a slow pre-show event jointly sponsored by the ANA and the Professional Numismatists Guild. Mike Garofalo, director … Continue reading

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