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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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 […]

1921 – A Collector’s Paradise

1921 – A Collector’s Paradise

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation… Memories of collecting a complete 1921 coin set In my previous article, I touched on several worthy series and interesting coins to get started with and had mentioned the year 1933 as a favorite of mine. Well I am still snow bound with another blizzard on the way. […]

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Juno – Which Coins to Collect?

Juno – Which Coins to Collect?

Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report I appreciate that it’s winter, but really? The monumental and historic snowstorm blizzard extraordinaire named Juno had the audacity to drop nearly 3 feet of snow at and around my residence during the overnight hours on January 26th and throughout the day on the 27th. As I looked out […]

By February 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The 60th Annual Winter FUN Coin Show -A Display of Numismatic Supremacy

The 60th Annual Winter FUN Coin Show -A Display of Numismatic Supremacy

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Heritage Signature Sale Powers To $70.5 Million; NGC-certified Rarities Rule; Donald J. Partrick Quintet Gain Entrance to Million Dollar Club The 60th Annual Winter FUN Show is in the books, and according to attendees from both sides of the aisle at the Orange County Convention Center, […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Market – A Year In Review

The Coin Market – A Year In Review

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Numismatic notables weigh–in on 2014 and tip the scales for 2015; The cries of collectors past; “If I wasn’t a coin dealer.” This year really went by fast. Amazingly, we’re bringing the curtain down on another exciting coin campaign. 2014 certainly was an active year in […]

By December 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
58th Annual Houston Money Show Upbeat; Heritage Lone Star State Auction Corrals $9.3 Million

58th Annual Houston Money Show Upbeat; Heritage Lone Star State Auction Corrals $9.3 Million

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… DPL Morgans Hot On Bourse – Santa Fe Twins on Buffalo Hunt The first week of December certainly brought a bone chilling reminder of the season at hand. Conversely, those numismatic patrons in attendance at the 58th Annual Houston Money Show, December 5-7, were treated to wonderful spring-like weather […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Newman V Colonial Coins Rise To The Occasion

Newman V Colonial Coins Rise To The Occasion

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Dealers Voicing Retail Sales On Upswing; Thanksgiving Memories; My 100th Report (Already?) The fifth installment of the famed Eric P. Newman Collection certainly ignited a powerful resurgence into a rare coin market, which had been a bit lackluster in sales and enthusiasm over the last several months. […]

By November 28, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions: All Eyes On Newman Five In The Big Apple

Coin Auctions: All Eyes On Newman Five In The Big Apple

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… Stack’s Bowers And Heritage Auctions Each Claim Over $10 Million; Silver Demand On The Rise; Quality Courts Strong Demand–Average Type Drifts Lower. Early fall has been the scene of much activity in numismatic circles. October ended on a positive note, as the last installment for 2014 of the Whitman […]

By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Autumn Features a Harvest of Numismatic Activity – Are Walkers Poised for a Run?

Autumn Features a Harvest of Numismatic Activity – Are Walkers Poised for a Run?

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Heritage PNG Invitational Rakes In $11.2 Million – Buyer’s Market for Generic Type Coins October is turning out to be a very busy month in the numismatic world. First up was the PNG New York Invitational show, running October 9-11 in the heart of the Big Apple. […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Heritage Golden State Coin Auctions Generate $22.5 Million; Cash is King at Long Beach

Heritage Golden State Coin Auctions Generate $22.5 Million; Cash is King at Long Beach

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Better & Rare Date Gold Still A Crowd Favorite At LB; Classic Gold Commems Get A Boost. The final installment of the Long Beach Expo for 2014 was a worthy expedition for those who made the trek to the Southern California venue. Several veteran collectors informed me […]

By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The ANA World’s Fair of Money – A Week Long Adventure

The ANA World’s Fair of Money – A Week Long Adventure

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. NGC graded 1804 Dollar-an auction knockout-Stack’s Bowers & Heritage Auctions vying for collectors’ and dealers’ attention-US Mint and Gold Kennedy Creates A Frenzy. As I write this report, final preparations are being made by me, and I’m sure scores of other collectors and dealers, for the great […]

Coin Market Report : Summer FUN – A Serious Surprise

Coin Market Report : Summer FUN – A Serious Surprise

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Heritage Signature Sale Captures Nearly $10 Million. “Lots of public, and they were spending money.” “It was the best show of the year for us.” Midrange priced coins on the rise and in greater demand. For those of you who made the trek to the eighth annual […]

Baltimore was a blast – Stack’s Bowers sale claims nearly $5 Million – 8th Summer FUN underway

Baltimore was a blast – Stack’s Bowers sale claims nearly $5 Million – 8th Summer FUN underway

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report It’s a hot summer – outside as well as on the bourse! Read on for the latest show updates. Another Baltimore Whitman Expo is in the books, and the 2014 summer edition show was a vibrant affair from the opening bell. Collectors seized the opportunity to do some […]

Gardner Coin Auction Kicks off Summer In Grand Fashion Powering To Nearly $20 Million!

Gardner Coin Auction Kicks off Summer In Grand Fashion Powering To Nearly $20 Million!

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report Baltimore Whitman Expo Underway – Robust Demand For Quality, Rare And Top Quality Coins Is Intact – Metals Market Heating Up Summer is officially here. Traditionally, it is a time for families to enjoy outings, take in a ballgame, or just fire up the grill in the backyard. […]

Newman Part IV Soars to $11 Million

Newman Part IV Soars to $11 Million

Posted by Jim Bisognani  for NGC ……………. NGC 1776 Continental Dollar & 1792 Silver Center Cent Each Claim $1.41 Million! It seems like in the wink of an eye the memories of a harsh winter have been replaced with green grass and fresh blooms. Instead of being greeted with the grating sound of snowplow blades making repeated trips […]

Coin Market Report: No Stop for the Numismatic Juggernaut; All Eyes on Newman IV Coin Auction

Coin Market Report: No Stop for the Numismatic Juggernaut; All Eyes on Newman IV Coin Auction

Posted by Jim Bisognani  for NGC ……………. Numismatics welcoming a new audience – type coins a great starting point In the event that you haven’t heard, numismatics continues to be a very exciting topic of conversation. Much of this fanfare is being caused by major rarities coming to auctions. This, coupled with tales of buried treasure and fabulous […]

Central States Auction Signals Strength in Rare Coin Market

Central States Auction Signals Strength in Rare Coin Market

Posted by Jim Bisognani  for NGC ……………. Rare Coin Market is strong as Heritage Sale Races To $47 Million – Territorial Gold A Powerhouse Birds are singing; the ground and trees are slowly becoming alive again. Ah, those seasonal changes are so much appreciated. Yet, for numismatists, the rites of spring wouldn’t be complete without the Central States […]

Early April Not Taxing On World Coins – Pair of Auctions Reel In Over $20 Million!

Early April Not Taxing On World Coins – Pair of Auctions Reel In Over $20 Million!

Posted by Jim Bisognani  for NGC….   NGC World Certified Rarities Attract Spotlight. 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Issues Remain Hot Property. 75th Central States Convention On Deck. It is truly an exciting time to be involved with numismatics! Spring is finally here, and for most of the country we can shake off the cobwebs […]

Morgan Dollar collector hot on the trail of CC coins; California Gold Hoard ignites further interest in numismatics.

Morgan Dollar collector hot on the trail of CC coins; California Gold Hoard ignites further interest in numismatics.

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report ……… Another month is upon us, and the promise of Spring is in our sites, yet it is a similar refrain on the coin calendar, as the hectic numismatic schedule seems to claim no particular season. February certainly was a triumph, and the end of the month sent a salvo around […]

 
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