Author Archive: Jim Bisognani

Jim Bisognani has written extensively on US coin market trends and values and was the market analyst and writer for a major pricing guide for many years. He currently resides in Southern California and frequently attends major coin shows and auctions.

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Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Anaheim Auctions Stake Claim To Over $46 Million Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is history; this one a significant milestone as the ANA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This edition held in the Golden State, the first time since Los Angeles hosted the […]

Coin Shows – Endless Numismatic Summer at Anaheim ANA World’s Fair of Money

Coin Shows – Endless Numismatic Summer at Anaheim ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Two Cent Red Rarities; Franklin Halves A Valuable & Economical Series I can’t believe that as this article posts we are only a day away from the largest coin show in the US, the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The big show traditionally confirms areas of […]

Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

Spot Metals Soaring

Spot Metals Soaring

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   10th Annual Summer FUN Set To Sizzle; Wasn’t The Bicentennial Just Yesterday? – Spot Metals Soaring A Summer Holiday As I write this report another Fourth of July Holiday has come and gone. Our great country’s birthday is something which we should all take great pride […]

Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Goldberg and Heritage Combine For Nearly $25 Million; Lunch On 20 Pesos; Memorable 1895 Morgan Pair On Orange Blossom Trail Balance and strength are key components in sustaining the numismatic marketplace today. Rare type, key date and high-grade US gold coins are certainly doing their part generating unrelenting demand as well as combative action when […]

Classic US Coins – Long Beach Auctions Boast Silver Dollar Rarities

Classic US Coins – Long Beach Auctions Boast Silver Dollar Rarities

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Commemorating An Innocent Call; Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection, A Great Opportunity For Fresh Coins This is a busy and exciting time of the year! What a welcome change in season. Sunshine, lush greenery, flowers blooming and to take liberty with that Nat King […]

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   June Ushers in Traditional Long Beach Auctions Unlike in the olden days, like when I was a kid, late spring is becoming one of the busier times of the year in the numismatic world. As the merry month of May winds down, major record setting auctions […]

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Reports from dealers and attendees fresh from the just-concluded 77th edition of the CSNS convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, offered up a divided consensus as to market strength and or direction. A vest pocket dealer from the neighboring Hoosier State of Indiana proclaimed that he is a “bourse […]

World Coins – NGC Highlights from Heritage CICF as Auction Powers to $6.3 Million

World Coins – NGC Highlights from Heritage CICF as Auction Powers to $6.3 Million

World Coins—Something Exciting For Everyone; Golden State Collector Recommends Kennedy Half Dollar Series By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   It has been a busy and exciting time around the Windy City this late April. Both hometown baseball teams–the White Sox and the Cubs–are off to great starts each leading their respective divisions. […]

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   CSNS bound collectors hot on the trail for Liberty Seated Type and Walkers; Metals continue surge. This is a busy and, dare I say, very taxing time of the year. On one hand, we have the long-reaching hand of the IRS commanding our somewhat reluctant yet […]

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of […]

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A great roster of new issues in store for 2016, tracking down “Northern Lights” in the moonlight It’s getting to be a habit; last year it was Juno, this year it was Jonas… what is it with massive “J”-named snowstorms the end of January? For those in the […]

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The Houston Money Show- Heritage Sale Features Scores Of Collector Coins

The Houston Money Show- Heritage Sale Features Scores Of Collector Coins

1652  Oak Tree Shilling, MS64 NGC. CAC. By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Coin collecting is not for bravado, it is still a hobby. Collectors give thanks for another triumphant year! As this article posts, Thanksgiving is here and we succumb to the tantalizing aromas of roast turkeys and home-baked apple pies wafting in […]

By November 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collectors Are Still Obsessed With Obtaining The Ultimate Certified Coins

Coin Collectors Are Still Obsessed With Obtaining The Ultimate Certified Coins

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A Virginia collector feels Jefferson Nickels are poised for an advance — Numismatics experience is a gift for all ages. As the year rapidly winds down, the media advertising blitz is saturating all available outlets in order to inform us what will give us our holiday cheer this […]

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Coin Collecting – Historic Relevancy On A Budget – What Tier Coin Collector Are You?

Coin Collecting – Historic Relevancy On A Budget – What Tier Coin Collector Are You?

Collector types and their various opinions on the present market. By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. As fall gives way all too rapidly to the next season, I find myself reveling in the fact that our grand hobby has no particular time of year which supersedes another in the level of activity. However, I […]

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Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. New Hobbyists Entering The Fold; The Collectors Favorite—CC Morgan Dollars—Surging Ahead; Toned Morgans Hot. It is a cool rainy day here in New England. Although cloudy, gray skies prevail above, the ground below is saturated with the bright colored leaves that are synonymous with New England this time […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Collector Coins Make Powerful Stand In Golden State

Collector Coins Make Powerful Stand In Golden State

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Presidential Coin & Chronicles Sets Drawing New Collectors Into The Fold; Quality And Rarity Remain King; Long Beach Heritage Sales Reel In $17 Million From most reports, the final edition of the Long Beach Expo for 2015 was a busy and productive venue for dealers and collectors […]

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. 20th century type targeted by collectors; Indian Cents and Buffalo Nickels on the move; Wholesale trading brisk I really don’t know if some unknown nefarious force is tinkering with Mother Nature’s time machine—I can’t believe that as we go to press, we are ready to enjoy Labor Day […]

By September 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The ANA World’s Fair of Money—A Dream Week For Numismatists

The ANA World’s Fair of Money—A Dream Week For Numismatists

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Host Auctions Claim Nearly $50 Million; Dealers And Collectors Singing The Praises Of The Show; Rare Gold King At Auction—It’s Like A Beauty Pageant For Coins! Another memorable ANA World’s Fair of Money show is history. This Midwest affair, the last of the ANA’s summer installments to grace […]

Coin Market Report – ANA World’s Fair of Money 2015 is Here!

Coin Market Report – ANA World’s Fair of Money 2015 is Here!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Stacks Bowers & Heritage Provide Auction Muscle In Midwest; Be Sure To Take Notes — I Used To Have A Photographic Memory But Even That Is Prone To Malfunction Well my fine collector and dealer friends, as this report goes to press it is one week before the […]

Summer Is Sizzling With Coin Auction Activity

Summer Is Sizzling With Coin Auction Activity

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. July Sales Make Big Splash Claiming Nearly $20 Million; Numismatics Is A Family Affair With Michigan Mom July has certainly been a very busy month on the numismatic circuit. Three weeks into the glorious summer month and the numismatic community has already held court for two major shows. […]

Shane Downing – A Tribute To An Unsung Hero Of Numismatics

Shane Downing – A Tribute To An Unsung Hero Of Numismatics

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   What Does It Take To Update And Maintain A Price Guide?—A Commitment To Excellence. Certainly every coin collector loves coins and, as the market prices vacillate, the often unappreciated staple of numismatics are the pricing guides. Let me tell you updating and maintaining these guides requires careful […]

Coins Of Consequence

Coins Of Consequence

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. The Strategy Session Before the ANA is Underway; Technology Improvements and Expanded Inventory; Exciting Opportunities to Communicate With Fellow Collectors. Early summer has been traditionally a time for families to get out and enjoy the great weather, plan vacations or merely enjoy a cookout or picnic with family […]

Long Beach Coin Show and Auction Report – Strength and Excitement in Golden State

Long Beach Coin Show and Auction Report – Strength and Excitement in Golden State

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Long Beach Expo—Heritage Signature Auction Provides Punch; Coins Priced in the “Wheelhouse” Are Surging. The just-concluded Long Beach Expo Coin Show, referred to as the “summer session” even though the official start of the summer season is a few weeks away, was a rousing success no matter […]

Numismatic Summer – Long Beach Leads The Way

Numismatic Summer – Long Beach Leads The Way

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   A Pogue In The Hand Is Worth?; Difficulty Accurately Pricing Rarities; Hop To It; Try Chasing A Kangaroo It seems like in a wink of an eye winter in New England turned to spring and before I knew it summer is upon us. Memorial Day signals the […]

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Posted by Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report….   Rare US coins were in great demand, while many rare coins which are not fresh to the market were selling at reduced prices from their last appearances. May 2015 has certainly been a busy and exciting month in numismatics. As I write this edition I’m waiting for the […]

Coin Shows – Rarity Reigns Supreme At 76th CSNS

Coin Shows – Rarity Reigns Supreme At 76th CSNS

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Heritage Auction Powers Over $46 Million; The Queen Of Gold – 1880 Coiled Hair Stella Reels in $1.8 Million; Lighter Attendance at CSNS Has Dealers Lobbying For New Venue; Collector Craves Classic Commems. Spring is definitely in the air! A series of delightful days with the temperature […]

Nostalgic About World Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo A Winner

Nostalgic About World Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo A Winner

  By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Stack’s Bowers Sale Powers to Over $18 Million; Spring Fever Memories of 1969; You Can’t Judge A Modern Coin By Its Mintage Well I have come down with a case of spring fever, no not that kind, the strain which harbors regular flu symptoms that is. This […]

20th Century Silver Coins Rally To Record Levels At Stack’s Bowers Sale

20th Century Silver Coins Rally To Record Levels At Stack’s Bowers Sale

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Quality is still king this spring; Highland Walkers runaway at the ANA; Baltimore beckons numismatic nation; Next: world gold coins a bargain. Can it be true? As this article posts we are one day away from spring! Always a season to rejoice in, this time around it […]

Professional Numismatists Guild Invitational Coin Auction by Heritage Claims $6.5 Million

Professional Numismatists Guild Invitational Coin Auction by Heritage Claims $6.5 Million

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Heritage’s PNG Invitational Signature Auction ran February 26th through March 1st where nearly 2,800 lots captured slightly over $6.5 million. Well March is finally upon us and the promise of spring is so near I can taste it. Having more than a touch of cabin fever, it […]

 
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