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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Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Stacks Bowers auctions made numismatic history last night by selling a PCGS SP66 1794 silver dollar for $10,106,875. This amount is by far an auction record for a single coin and it is very significant for many reasons. And it’s also time to fess up: I […]

By January 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Three Great New Orleans Coins

Three Great New Orleans Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I’ve heard it said many times that, “All the great coins can only be found at auction.” As my recent experience at the 2013 FUN show in Orlando will prove, this is far from the truth. At this show—and at most other major conventions—I am able […]

By January 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Is the Market for Dahlonega Varieties Starting to Heat Up?

Is the Market for Dahlonega Varieties Starting to Heat Up?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… For years, I’ve been commenting on the die varieties of Dahlonega coins. My take has usually been somewhere along the line of “they are neat and they are fun to collect but I’m not sure that I ever see the market for these coins taking off.” […]

By January 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While looking through thousands and thousands of coins recently in the 2013 Heritage FUN sale, I took a brief pause and read the preface to the catalog, where collectors are introduced and given the opportunity to write briefly about their collections. Some of these collectors, like […]

By January 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins in the $1,500-3,500 Range

Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins in the $1,500-3,500 Range

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… An article of mine was recently published (by CoinWeek),  a content partner of ours, and a reader left a comment about how my subject was elitist and how I am only concerned with selling $50,000+ coins. Hey, I LOVE selling $50,000 coins but I probably sell […]

By January 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How I Blew My Free Appraisal

How I Blew My Free Appraisal

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the oddest things about being a coin dealer are the almost daily phone calls I get from people who demand free information. Typically, these calls are from non-collectors who have found my name on the internet and have chosen me to help them determine […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Great American Gold Coins – Dual Rarities!

Great American Gold Coins – Dual Rarities!

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… There are coins that are rare because of their grade (“condition rarities”) and there are coins that are rare because only a small number survive (“absolute rarities”). Then there are coins that are a whole different category: I call them “dual rarities.” These are coins that […]

By December 11, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… For the second year in a row, I went to the incredible Art Basel show in Miami Beach. For those of you who are not familiar with this show, it has become quite possibly the leading art show in the world and it turns Miami into […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date? So why, then, do these series lag such non-gold 20th century designs as the Lincoln Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime and Walking Liberty Half Dollar when it comes to numbers of active set collectors? I can think of […]

By December 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Values: Buying the Jump Grade

Coin Values: Buying the Jump Grade

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… A few recent coin sales that were made by my firm have given me an idea for a blog that I think is interesting. I’ve written about this before so I’ll try to approach what I think is an important concept from a new perspective. The […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the real pleasures to collecting Dahlonega gold coins is the variety of ways that the collector can pursue his avocation. Collecting these coins can range in levels of intensity from a mild flirtation to a complete obsession. As someone who has an abiding interest […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As you become a more passionate collector, “oddball” items become more appealing. I refer to these as knick-knacks and, as you can guess, this is a pretty broad term. For the coin collector, knick-knacks become more appealing as they become more relevant to your collecting specialty. […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… When I’m at shows or talking to collectors and dealers over the phone, I hear a common refrain: nice coins are very hard to find. This appears to be the case in nearly all strongly collected series, be it Indian Cents, Civil War era gold or […]

By October 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am headed to Dallas later this week to attend the upcoming ANA National Money show. Going to Dallas is always a little bittersweet for me. I lived in The Big D for a significant portion on my adult life (a little over twenty years, in […]

By October 16, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles Major Varieties

Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles Major Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The true test of popularity for a series is when collectors begin to focus on varieties within the series rather than just dates. Some series, like Capped Bust half dollars, are actually more avidly collected by variety than they are by date. As a rule, gold […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Date US Gold Coins – Grade Distribution

Rare Date US Gold Coins – Grade Distribution

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner There are essentially two types of rarity: absolute (a coin that is rare in all grades; an example of this would be an 1842-O half eagle) and conditional (a coin that is rare based mainly on grade; an example of this would be an MS63 1892-O eagle). […]

By September 11, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
How To Become A Coin Kingpin

How To Become A Coin Kingpin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Deciding what to collect can often be a case of deciding what not to collect. This zen-like statement actually makes a lot of sense once you get over the initial “huh?” Let me explain. Anyone with a more-than-casual interest in coins wants to be a force within […]

By September 4, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Battle Born Gold Coins: A Quick Analysis By Doug Winter

The Battle Born Gold Coins: A Quick Analysis By Doug Winter

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The recently concluded Battle Born sale, held by Stack’s Bowers at the 2012 Philadelphia ANA convention, was clearly a benchmark for collectors of Carson City coinage. It was probably the finest collection of gold from this mint that has been sold at auction during our lifetime; only […]

By August 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner After many years of neglect, the Liberty Head gold coinage from the San Francisco mint is becoming popular with collectors. This makes sense as it is, for the most part, affordable and there is no denying the historic connotation(s) of the early issues. In my experience, one […]

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Coin prices are impacted by a number of factors. The most obvious of these are supply and demand. Simply put, if a coin has a greater degree of demand than available supply, the price is going to be strong. But what are some of the not-as-obvious factors […]

On the Passing of David Akers: An Appreciation

On the Passing of David Akers: An Appreciation

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …. My interest in United States gold coins began early and, as a result, Dave Akers was one of my first numismatic heroes. I somehow managed to scam my way onto the Paramount mailing list back in the early-to-mid 1970′s and I can remember being enthralled with Akers’ style of […]

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… I have written a number of blogs in the past few years about how I price rare coins. Despite this, I still get many questions from new and experienced collectors about pricing. I’d like to share a specific coin that I recently handled and explain how I came up […]

Good Values in Type Three Liberty Head Double Eagles

Good Values in Type Three Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Expert Contributor If you collect rare United States gold coins, you’ll notice that certain series have extremely compressed values. As an example, a common date Dahlonega half eagle grades EF45 might trade in the $2,300-2,600 range while the same date in AU50 often sells for a small premium; maybe […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com After 4 years of being traded on the open market, I think few collectors and dealers would argue the statement that CAC stickering has added considerable value and liquidity to many types of United States gold coinage. But are we now able to determine with a decent degree of accuracy […]

Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor In the third installment of this multi-part article, I’m going to delve into a series that has its share of issues that are not often seen with good eye appeal: three dollar gold. As a series, there are not many individual issues that are rare […]

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor As I was getting ready to post a coin that will be for sale in today’s DWN E-Special (an 1846-D/D half eagle in PCGS VG8), it dawned on me that this piece could be the impetus for an interesting specialized collection: a grading set of […]

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The combination of history and numismatic significance makes the United Sates gold coins struck during the Civil War era (1861 to 1865) a fascinating possible collecting area for the sophisticated numismatist. Let’s take a look at each coin produced during this year and determine the most practical […]

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