Author Archives: Dave Harper

Dollar coin even throws me a curve

I have been thinking about our current coin denominations lately. We collectors know a lot, but at least in my case, I have found that I still have more to learn. In Numismatic News last week I wrote about abolishing … Continue reading

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Gold coins priced too high or just right?

Collectors like to grouse about the U.S. Mint. But the most important thing to remember is watch what they do, not what they say. The latest illustration of this for me occurred this week. A reader emailed a response to … Continue reading

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Bully idea for parks commemoratives

One of the Washington Nationals baseball team racing presidents will be present tomorrow at the launch ceremony for the National Park Service 100th anniversary commemorative coins to be held at noon at the Lincoln Memorial. “Teddy” will be present for … Continue reading

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When banks were local

Lake Okoboji is a summer outdoor destination in northwest Iowa, but it is also a summer numismatic destination. The Higgins Museum is located there. Its focus is National Bank Notes, particularly of the state of Iowa. A seminar with five … Continue reading

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Coins and Disneyland – what fun

After three years in a row in suburban Chicago, many hobbyists are looking forward to attending an American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif., this summer. The World’s Fair of Money is slated for Aug. 9-13 at a convention center … Continue reading

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Mint gets 1974-D aluminum cent back

The only known 1974-D Lincoln cent struck in aluminum has been recovered by the Mint, it was announced late yesterday. It is a mystery coin in that Denver was never authorized to strike cents in aluminum although Philadelphia test struck … Continue reading

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No teeth pulling here

While I did sit in the dentist chair at 7 o’clock this morning, it was only for a routine cleaning. I have been sprung and am back safely in my office chair. There are always those nervous moments when I wonder if … Continue reading

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Will you buy the gold 2016 Mercury dime when it goes on sale April 21?

Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Will you buy the gold 2016 Mercury dime when it goes on sale April 21? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by … Continue reading

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New trend for gold?

Checking the Kitco website this morning, I see gold is down $2.70 to $1,229.10 an ounce. We are off the high for the year, which was very nearly $1,280 in the early part of March. Still, gold is up $168.80 or … Continue reading

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Smithsonian display perfectly timed

Supporters of the Women on 20s effort from last year are disappointed that they did not succeed in pushing Andrew Jackson off the $20. Their success in persuading Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to put a woman on a new $10 … Continue reading

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