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Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Anyone with even a marginal interest in precious metals is aware of the brutal beatdown in gold and silver spot prices over the past four days. From its April 12 London close of $1535.50, gold fell off the cliff to $1395, with an even lower close of $1352.60 in […]

By April 16, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… The Liberty Dollar – a one-ounce silver medallion that attracted the attention and wrath of the federal government and resulted in a pending prison sentence for its creator – is back in a revised form. Although the New Liberty Dollar retains the main design elements of a Liberty head […]

By March 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver investors tend to check the current spot price before making a purchase. That’s a logical starting point, as the cost for physical metal is usually – but not always – related to spot. Don’t expect former premiums to remain in place when spot plunges. Why does this happen? […]

By March 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where Morgan and Peace dollars were a part of daily life meant that Wayne Miller was constantly exposed to the hefty coins at an early age. “Montana was one of five […]

By March 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER?  NO!

SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER? NO!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Imagine owning a corporation with annual sales of $761 million. Better yet, wouldn’t a net worth of that amount go beyond your wildest dreams? So how can 761,000,000 (that’s more than 3/4 of a billion) be a relatively mundane number? That high nine-digit figure represents the ounces of newly […]

By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

by Al Doyle The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, but this year’s […]

By February 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Every American should own at least a little silver.  No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that?  If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea..  It’s amazing […]

By February 4, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Many numismatists have been forced to adopt cautious spending habits when it comes to buying coins as the U.S. economy and employment market stumbles along. Even lean times don’t diminish a strong collecting instinct, but having less disposable income means fewer impulse purchases and a greater emphasis on seeking […]

By January 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 – DON’T PANIC!

SILVER 101 – DON’T PANIC!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… If I was given a $1 bill for every lament I’ve heard from those who bought physical silver just before the spot price dropped once the purchase was made, I could fill a briefcase with portraits of George Washington. So what if silver drops $1 or $2 after you […]

By January 2, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   As with the 20-unit gold coins issued by France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and other members of the Latin Monetary Union of 1865 to 1927, silver pieces of uniform size and weight denominated in various national currencies were struck to facilitate cross-border commerce. Budget-minded collectors who are priced out of obtaining U.S. silver […]

By December 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

Silver 101 is a NEW CoinWeek column on Silver collecting and investing by Al Doyle. It will focus on the basics of investing in Silvers, but also provide time tested recommendations that any silver coin collector or investor can use to maximize their acquisitions Silver 101 by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… At current spot […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by those working on a typical coin budget. So-called “short sets” are one partial solution to that […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes to […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show from 1930 to 1932, […]

By November 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20 franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 […]

By October 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
APMEX BULLION CENTER DEBUTS ON EBAY

APMEX BULLION CENTER DEBUTS ON EBAY

by Al Doyle -  exclusively for CoinWeek.com ……. In recognition of the strong and growing market for precious metals, eBay and APMEX have teamed up to launch the APMEX Bullion Center on eBay. Beginning October 16th, eBay customers will be able to access APMEX’s inventory and current prices from the home page of the popular […]

By October 16, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. Even those who claim to be purist collectors want to buy coins that will grow in value. Predicting tomorrow’s winners is a popular topic in numismatic circles, and the choices are usually based on the logical reason of underappreciated rarity and the educated guess of projecting current trends. How […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: Stop buying so many coins. Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin enthusiasts cheerfully joke about needing to satisfy their “addiction” on a regular basis, so why would […]

By October 2, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
LOOK FOR ‘UNCOMMON’ COMMONS

LOOK FOR ‘UNCOMMON’ COMMONS

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting the […]

By September 10, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It seems that the standard date and mintmark/Whitman folder method of coin collecting seldom works […]

By August 27, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors.  Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars.  […]

By August 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
MEET THE 2012 NUMISMATIST OF THE YEAR

MEET THE 2012 NUMISMATIST OF THE YEAR

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……. He’s one of those semi-familiar names who has accomplished as much or more in his field than others with greater notoriety.  That’s what happens when a person quietly and diligently goes about his business for more than half a century. Author and researcher R.W. “Bob” Julian will be honored […]

By August 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Overlooked Fractional Gold Option

The Overlooked Fractional Gold Option

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… With gold parked well above $1550 an ounce, the option of buying pre-1933 $20 gold pieces or one-ounce gold Eagles or Maple Leafs is an impossible dream for some precious metals investors. Even if price isn’t an issue, there is another reason for avoiding larger hunks of the yellow […]

By July 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Mention Mercury (official name: Winged Liberty Head) dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind.  Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to […]

By July 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Competing At The $100 Level

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Competing At The $100 Level

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. One of the most important issues in coin collecting is to find a financial comfort zone and work within those parameters. For some numismatists, anything over $10 might be a stretch, while others can write five and six-figure checks with little concern. How about a more typical scenario? For […]

By July 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Summer tends to be a slower-paced time in the bullion market, and 2012 has been no exception to the general rule so far. With everyone from major metals traders to small-scale retail silver buyers spending time outdoors and vacationing, the pause in the action is hardly shocking. Silver has […]

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in an PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing chocolate brown […]

By June 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … Click here to read Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800′s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This overview of the one-year type coins (not commemoratives) of the 20th century includes silver and base-metal […]

By June 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … American coin collectors are naturally attracted to one-year type coins. This category includes the incredibly affordable 1883 Liberty no-cents nickel, the very rare (mintage 6146) and costly 1796 Draped Bust small eagle reverse quarter and a smattering of other issues. Likewise, the world coin field offers an […]

By June 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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