Author Archives: Dave Harper

The face that launched 3,225 sales

Before I began to write this, I blurted out to a colleague in the office that Miss Liberty on the 2019-W proof platinum $100 coin looks like actress Myrna Loy. We both laughed. Perhaps I am too much of an … Continue reading

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Delayed shipping probably unnecessary

“I want my coins yesterday” is the informal slogan of collectors who order new issues from the Mint. How else can you get them slabbed as first strikes? How else can you flip them for a profit on the secondary … Continue reading

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No sellout first day of Apollo offers

Two things are certain this morning (Jan. 25) regarding the Apollo 11 commemorative coin program sales, which began yesterday. 1. Coin collectors did not spend more than $87 million to buy out all of the coins. This is the sum … Continue reading

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Coin shows the place to be for collectors

There are many things for me to do at coin shows, but thanks to the arrival of an email this morning, you can take a look at a video showing me engaged in one of my favorite tasks. I was … Continue reading

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Mint offers Thomas Jefferson medal

The third Presidential silver medal was put on sale Friday by the U.S. Mint. What? You didn’t notice? I will bet you were following the Apollo 11 program coin offers, weren’t you? I certainly was. The one troy ounce piece … Continue reading

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Eagle sales show gathering strength

I drove into the office in the extreme cold this morning and was delighted to find that there is a little fire in precious metals. Gold is at $1,323.20 an ounce. Silver is $16.13 an ounce. Both are up strongly … Continue reading

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Snowbody here: Time off in winter wonderland

Today is a snow day in the Numismatic News office. Actually, Monday was the snow day. Today is the “it’s too frickin cold” day off. You might have seen us poor Wisconsinites mentioned on the national weather reports. This is … Continue reading

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Silver Jefferson medal put on sale by the Mint

The third Presidential silver medal was put on sale Friday by the U.S. Mint. What? You didn’t notice? I will bet you were following the Apollo 11 program coin offers, weren’t you? I certainly was. The one troy ounce piece … Continue reading

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So many versions cause a headache

What do my mother’s pills and coin collectors have in common? The thought occurred to me as I received a question this week from a reader that I have placed in the Letters section of the Feb. 12 issue of … Continue reading

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Apollo order totals just in from the Mint

Order totals just in from the Mint show no Apollo sales option is close to reaching sellout status. 19CA      2019 APOLLO 11 GOLD PROOF   15,544 19CB      2019 APOLLO 11 GOLD UNC        7,781 19CC      2019 APOLLO 11 SILVER PROOF 86,073 19CD      … Continue reading

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