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Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Merchants from mom and pop stores to national chains are fighting a losing battle with lower sales volume. Are there any exceptions to the general trend? Stock what people want, and they’ll beat a... read more »

 

SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Ask an American numismatist to describe commemorative silver coinage, and one of two possibilities will emerge. Younger people are likely to mention the silver dollar “commems” that have been... read more »

 

Historic Pioneer Gold Collection To be Displayed At FUN Convention

Historic Pioneer Gold Collection To be Displayed At FUN Convention

by Al Doyle ……….. It’s almost a given in modern numismatics. Top-level collections are sold by major auction houses, as exemplified by the ongoing dispersal of Eric P. Newman’s impressive holdings. Russell Augustin... read more »

 

SILVER 101 – World Mints : Some coins you may not have considered but should.

SILVER 101 – World Mints : Some coins you may not have considered but should.

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Silver hasn’t served as a regular medium of exchange in any nation for more than 40 years, which means much of what is currently being struck is focused on rounds and bars for investors in the metal.... read more »

 

Collecting Strategies: The Financially Painless Way To Collect Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: The Financially Painless Way To Collect Gold Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… The appeal of gold is universal, and it has nothing to do with the state of one’s finances. A desire to own the metal coupled with a small budget can be especially frustrating, but there are ways... read more »

 

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine an island of 221 square miles that doesn’t have its own mint.  Even with those obstacles, the Isle of Man issues a wide range of coins ranging from low-value circulation strikes to ongoing... read more »

 

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the mind of collectors. There were a higher than average number of other low-mintage... read more »

 

SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and... read more »

 

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine a vast nation with a long and fascinating history of numismatic issues. Does that sound like an introduction for an overview of U.S. coinage? Guess again. The coins of Russia have a large collector... read more »

 

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains... read more »

 

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ? Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ?  Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Does that headline sound insane? How can a collector with limited funds even think of obtaining something from the jaw-dropping Eric P. Newman collection? It should be obvious that I’m not advising... read more »

 

SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Accumulating silver bullion is a satisfying task, but there’s much more to the metal than sheer ounces. Coins are full of art and history, and those elements often lead to collecting. When examining... read more »

 

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Why be sneaky and come up with all kinds of tricks to hide an item when the same thing can be achieved in plain sight? That’s the story of the $1 Federal Reserve note. When a piece of money is used... read more »

 

Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. Mint has issued commemorative coins tied to the 1892-93 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (often referred to as the St. Louis Worlds’s Fair) and the... read more »

 

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

EDITORS NOTE: LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES is a new CoinWeek column that focuses on coins that were produced with low mintages yet currently sell for modest prices that are within the reach of the average collector. We hope you enjoy this numismatic... read more »

 

US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Familiar items are often underappreciated, and Jefferson nickels tend to receive the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from collectors. The coin has been such a constant part of daily life that its 75th anniversary... read more »

 

SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Whether they admit it or not, silver investors can get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to a few 100-ounce bars at a time. While “stacking” is... read more »

 

World Coins: The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

World Coins: The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention Costa Rica, and images of natural beauty, rain forests and a popular retirement destination for Americans comes to mind. Like most small nations, Costa Rica has a very low profile in the numismatic... read more »

 

SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Even though Canada beat the U.S. to the gold bullion game by introducing the gold Maple Leaf in 1979, the silver version didn’t become a reality until 1988. That was two years after the silver Eagle... read more »

 

Canadian Coins: The Silver Dollars of Canada

Canadian Coins: The Silver Dollars of Canada

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Although the United States and Canada have their national currencies denominated in dollars and cents, that doesn’t mean the friendly neighbors are identical when it comes to issuing coins. Silver... read more »

 
 
 
 
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