Author Archive: Doug Winter

Doug has spent much of his life in the field of numismatics; beginning collecting coins at the age of seven, and by the time he was ten years old, buying and selling coins at conventions in the New York City area.

Recognized as one of the leading specialized numismatic firms, Doug is an award winning author of over a dozen numismatic books and the recognized expert on US Gold. His knowledge and exceptional eye for properly graded and original coins has made him one of the most respected figures in the numismatic community and a sought after dealer by collectors and investors looking for professional personalized service, a select inventory of impeccable quality and fair and honest pricing. Doug is also a major buyer of all US coins and is always looking to purchase collections both large and small.

If you are interested in buying or selling classic US coins or if you would like to have the world’s leading expert work with you assembling a set of coins? Contact Doug Winter at (214) 675-9897 or by email at dwn@ont.com.

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Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com On my way to lunch the other day, I listened to a great radio story on This American Life about the day to day trials and tribulations at a car dealership in Long Island. One of the take-aways from this NPR story was that—as I had always suspected—car are cheaper at […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has had a profound impact on the rare date gold market, and one of the series which has seen significant changes as a result of CAC is Type One Liberty Head double eagles. Auction results and private transactions for coins with CAC stickers, especially rare dates, show […]

By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While doing the research for my new online reference about Type One double eagles, I began to look for finest known examples for each specific issue. For some Type One double eagles this is easy as there is a clear finest known coin. For others, this […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bill Motto: A Memoriam

Bill Motto: A Memoriam

by Douglas Winter  – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A good guy passed away yesterday and I’d like to share some thoughts about him. William “Bill” Motto was the CEO of a major Midwestern company, but I knew him as an advanced collector of United States gold coins. I really got to know Bill around four or five years […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The ANA week has never been easy for a small numismatic firm like mine to handle, and when I learned that this year’s version included not one but two companies’ auctions I let out an audible groan. This was repeated when I saw the offerings online: both Heritage and Stack’s Bowers […]

By September 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Compromising When Coin Buying: When You Should and When You Shouldn’t

Compromising When Coin Buying: When You Should and When You Shouldn’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Collectors often ask me about my thought process(es) when I make coin purchases. Why do I buy certain coins and pass on others? Why do I stretch for some coins, and make others based solely on a favorable price? These are great questions and I think they […]

By August 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon rare coin firm specializing in choice 18th and 19th century United States gold coinage, recently set a world auction record for a Liberty Head double eagle and for any Liberty Head gold coin by purchasing a PCGS MS61 example of the excessively rare 1861 Paquet Reverse $20.00 for $1,645,000. […]

By August 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’ve discussed many times the process in which how nice coins are assigned price levels. But how are problem coins valued? This is an interesting question and one which is becoming a bit easier to answer since NCS coins have become a well-accepted part of numismatics. (Before […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Someone recently asked me a question that I thought was interesting and that merited a detailed response. To paraphrase this question, they basically asked me this: can you tell me some ways that I can improve my collection while spending little or no money? Are there any […]

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Everyone likes good value when they buy coins, and more collectors than ever opt to buy coins from the two western branch mints located in Carson City and San Francisco. So why not write an article on said topic? And let’s double your enjoyment, dear reader, by […]

This Coin Dealer Swoons at a Numismatic Auction Announcement

This Coin Dealer Swoons at a Numismatic Auction Announcement

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The last few years have been fertile, to say the least, for auction sales involving all-time great collections. We’ve seen the sales of the Newman collection, are seeing the current selling off of the Gene Gardner sets, and have also witnessed the not-as-splashy sales of a number […]

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The last article I wrote was about Trophy Coins. It generated a lot of buzz among my readers, not all of it positive. The negative comments I heard, not all underserved, typically went something like this: “You are an elitist, writing about coins which are $50,000, $100,000 […]

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I define a “Trophy Coin” as one which suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series. As an example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the St. […]

Rare US Gold Coins: The Bently Effect

Rare US Gold Coins: The Bently Effect

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As I have discussed in prior blogs, a paradigm shift has occurred in the rare date gold markets in the last two-three years. Formerly unpopular areas of the market such as San Francisco half eagles and eagles and No Motto Philadelphia eagles (and others) have gone from […]

San Francisco Gold Coins with Numismatic Significance

San Francisco Gold Coins with Numismatic Significance

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. If you read the coin descriptions on my website you will note that I often refer to a coin having what I term “numismatic significance.”  I’d like to explain and discuss this term, and then specifically apply it to gold coins from San Francisco. The term “numismatic […]

2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemoratives: I Bought a Modern Coin…and I Liked it.

2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemoratives: I Bought a Modern Coin…and I Liked it.

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Those of you who know my numismatic taste knows that it tends to run to coins dated 1890 and earlier, and coins which are truly rare. I have mostly avoided the modern coin market for a variety of reasons but one stands out: I generally don’t like the designs of […]

Ten Buyer’s Tips for San Francisco Gold Coin Collectors

Ten Buyer’s Tips for San Francisco Gold Coin Collectors

If you are a collector of San Francisco gold coins, there are a few buying tips I’d like to offer. These range from pretty basic to pretty savvy, and they can be applied (in some cases) to other series if San Francisco coins are not your particular cup of chai. 1. Don’t Pay Shipwreck Prices […]

Coin Collecting: Why is San Francisco Gold Hot Right Now?

Coin Collecting: Why is San Francisco Gold Hot Right Now?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As recently as a few years ago, I was wondering why San Francisco gold coins weren’t as popular as I thought they should have been (a blog from one year ago, for example). But a combination of factors has quickly turned the market for certain San Francisco gold coins, and […]

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Unless you spent the last two weeks in deep space you have no doubt read about/discussed/dreamt about the fabulous Saddle Ridge gold coin hoard. Enough has already been written about the background of this hoard that I won’t repeat it here. (NBC News, BBC, CNN, Yahoo, etc.) […]

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’m basically an old school coin dealer. I market coins all the time but am not really a “marketer” in the numismatic sense of the word—although I deal with firms which are marketers. These companies are always looking for angles and if there is one thing I am pretty cognizant […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I have written extensively about the Condition Census as it applies to United States gold coins: what it is, its origin and significance and specific examples of issues and a listing of the Condition Census. I recently had an interesting conversation with an advanced collector about his […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The FUN show is clearly one of the two major market indicators. Symbolically, it is the beginning of a New Coin Year but it is, most of all, a huge economic event with hundreds of millions of dollars changing hands. For me, a good FUN show is […]

By January 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Which Rare Gold Coins Will Be Demand in 2014?

Which Rare Gold Coins Will Be Demand in 2014?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner A few years ago, when my blog was more of a newsletter, I used to write an annual piece entitled “What’s Hot, What’s Not.” I’ve never had the heart to go back and look at these; analyzing my analysis has never had appeal. But these were popular […]

By December 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Five Things You Can Do to Make Your Rare Coins Worth More

Five Things You Can Do to Make Your Rare Coins Worth More

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com If you have been collecting rare coins for more than a few years, there is a good chance that you have “found money” in your holdings. What I mean by this is that there are a number of things that you can do–often with little or no cost–that can significantly […]

By December 17, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: How to Assemble A World-Class Collection of Coins

Collecting Strategies: How to Assemble A World-Class Collection of Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……….. You can have unlimited funds but without adhering to a basic core group of numismatic fundamentals, I believe it is very difficult–if not impossible–to build a great collection of coins. Some of the best collections I have seen in the last few decades were built by collectors with average […]

By December 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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