Author Archives: Dave Harper

Texas a great place to talk coins

I have just returned from the Texas Numismatic Association Convention in Arlington, which is just outside of Dallas. The event was held this past weekend. With the friendly and hearty welcomes I received from so many attendees, it was a … Continue reading

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Try a coin mini-vacation

A recent Time magazine cover story lamented the demise of the American vacation. It pointed out that Americans were leaving over $52 billion worth of vacation time unused and therefore making a gift of that amount to their employers. I … Continue reading

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Bye, bye silver, or buy, buy silver?

Silver advocates might still be forecasting the price of the metal will head for the moon, but down-to-earth silver buyers are acting as if this outcome is not in prospect. The Mint will end its rationing program called allocation for … Continue reading

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Collecting errors a mistake?

When you read stories about wonderful circulation finds that turn out to be valuable, they are almost always about error coins. My recent blog about the finds of doubled-die Homestead quarters is a case in point. Searches by collectors for … Continue reading

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Don’t you dare colorize euros

Colorized U.S. coins have been sold in the American coin collecting hobby for years. Some are mass produced, such as gold-plated state quarters. Some are hand-colored artwork on classic designs such as the Buffalo nickel. When these pieces are found … Continue reading

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Save us from zombies

There might be fewer money zombies walking among us in future thanks to the current national discussion of who should be on the $20 bill. However you might feel as a collector about the issue of replacing President Andrew Jackson … Continue reading

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Collect or relax?

With the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend, many collectors put their coin collecting aside in order to pursue summer interests. For collectors who live in the wintry climate of the north, this is understandable. It is a rare chance … Continue reading

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Chewed out

Have you ever been chewed out? Of course you have, it is a part of life. There are various causes for such an experience, but I have to say when a reader writes to chew me out about something or … Continue reading

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It pays to read ‘Numismatic News’

It is difficult to keep track of the many numismatic errors that come down the pike. That is what Numismatic News and reference books are for. What is not difficult is reading thank-you notes from collectors who go out hunting … Continue reading

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My memory trumps yours

Every generation has its memories. Events, music, smells can send my mind down memory lane. I expect it is the same for most people. As a card carrying Baby Boomer, my recollections span the tumultuous 1960s. A lot happened in … Continue reading

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