Author Archive: Doug Winter

Douglas Winter is America’s leading expert in the field of American gold coinage. Doug has written over a dozen numismatic books including the standard references on the branch mint coinage of Carson City, Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans and all three design types of Liberty Head double eagles.

Doug is a keen student of numismatic history and has sought to establish a world-class numismatic firm (Douglas Winter Numismatics DWN) which embraces technology and current market trends with old-time numismatic values.

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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 →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. Having just published a blog about coin rarity based on grade distribution, I’ve been thinking more about the many concepts of rarity and how they apply to coin collecting. Let’s take a look at a few and discuss them. Rarity is probably one of the two […]

By December 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. It is interesting to study the grade distribution patterns for various branch mint gold issues. By this, I am referring to what percentage of a certain issue’s survivors exist in a specific grade range. In order to apply this to a practical numismatic situation, I am […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

An Open Letter to Doug Winter – November 16, 2013 ………… Hi Doug, On the day following the Eric Newman Part II early silver auction, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done for the hobby over these years. In internet parlance, I’ve been a lurker, someone who follows a […]

By November 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I’m freshly returned from Dallas, where I attended a spectacular coin dealer wedding, and combined the nuptials with viewing the remarkable silver coins that are being sold on behalf of Eric P. Newman. I spent close to two full days viewing, and it was one of […]

By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve done an in-depth article on any Carson City gold coins and, as they are the most popular issues from this mint, I thought this would be a good time to write about the double eagles from Carson City. Before we […]

By October 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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