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CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com November 1st marks the beginning of Certified Acceptance Corporation’s eighth year endorsing PCGS and NGC graded and encapsulated coins that meet CAC’s strict standards for coins it deems to be solid for the grade and above average for the grade. Recognizing that coins barely making a grade were […]

By November 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Important New Norse-American Copper Die Trial Recently Discovered

Important New Norse-American Copper Die Trial Recently Discovered

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com A new example of a very rare copper die trial of the Norse-American commemorative struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia has recently been discovered by a Midwest coin shop. It’s only the second Norse die trial known in copper. An unconfirmed piece with an unknown metal composition […]

These New 1804 Dollar Discoveries and More will be Revealed at CSNS Convention

These New 1804 Dollar Discoveries and More will be Revealed at CSNS Convention

By Mark Ferguson – www.1804Dollar.com At 6:00 pm Central time on Thursday, April 24th I will be releasing my new book, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, IL. CoinWeek will be posting a video after my presentation which will reveal major new discoveries […]

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com                 I was recently involved in a discussion with a collector about historic coin market trends.  He was fascinated with this history which gave him new insights into the areas he’s now collecting.  Therefore, I thought more people would be interested in a short background of the coin market during […]

By December 2, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Appraisals:  Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

Coin Appraisals: Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……….. It’s easy to become smug about valuing coins.  On the surface it seems easy – just look up the date, mintmark and grade of your coin in your favorite price guide or auction prices realized list and there you have it! This may be fine for common date Mint […]

By November 11, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com …… Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have been promoted and enthusiastically collected for decades; and “early” silver dollars, struck between 1794 and 1804, have had a long, strong following of collectors.  But Seated Liberty silver dollars, coined from 1840 through 1873, have fallen through the cracks in […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Begin Collecting Early American Coins with the Draped Bust-Heraldic EagleType

Begin Collecting Early American Coins with the Draped Bust-Heraldic EagleType

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com …….. As the number of collectors who are buying up early American coins grows, these coins are becoming scarcer, forcing their prices higher over the long-term.  This has been a problem that has caused many collectors to change their areas of collecting interest. For example, a few problem-free early American […]

By September 6, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……… While dealing in coins for more than forty years, I’ve observed that the most experienced and sophisticated collector/investors are drawn to collecting early American coins – the very first coins produced by our country.  These are the coins minted between 1793, the first year of regular issue United States […]

Reuniting with an old “Numismatic” friend in Colorado Springs

Reuniting with an old “Numismatic” friend in Colorado Springs

I’ve been bouncing around the country lately and this week I’ve landed in Colorado to conclude my research into the Dexter 1804 Dollar, before embarking on writing a book about this great rarity.  The Dexter Dollar is one of the most famous of the 15 known 1804 silver dollars, known as “The King of American […]

By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com …… A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money.  In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 15, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …….  In general, segments of the coin market appreciate together, rather than by specific coin issues that pull away from the rest of the pack – such as 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, 1889-CC Morgan silver dollars or 1911-D $2.50 gold coins, for example.  Instead, during various time periods, […]

By October 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com …… Through clever marketing by auction companies and prominent media coverage of all major auction sales, many sellers of rare coins have been “conditioned” to believe that auctions are the only venues available to sell their rare coins. Major auction companies do a great job of promoting their […]

By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. Market Study Background It’s common knowledge that CAC verified coins have been selling for premium prices since the inception of CAC on November 1, 2007.  But until now, collectors, investors and dealers haven’t had a resource to find out how much those price premiums amount to by […]

ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

Values are Quietly Rising for Ultra Rare Coins

Values are Quietly Rising for Ultra Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com The rich are getting richer and they’re pushing values higher – sometimes much higher – for ultra rare coins.  It was back on July 7, 1989 that the first coin sold for the million dollar level – an 1804 silver dollar at $990,000, a coin that I have […]

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFRareCoins.com As coin market trends change and evolve, and prices rise over the long-term, buyers’ demands change and become more refined.  The current demand trend for high-end coins is a preference for problem-free coins and premium quality.  By problem-free, I don’t mean coins without scratches, spots, or other imperfections.  […]

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

By Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist The prices that coins have sold for at auction contain very valuable market information. This information is used in a variety of ways. Increasingly, these values are used by buyers of coins who want to know how much like-kind coins have been bringing on the open market so […]

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson  – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist During the past several years coin auctions have been taking business away from coin shows and the rest of the trade.  Auctions have become the preferred way to sell collections for many, and much of the time they have worked out well for these sellers.  But while auctions […]

Coin Investors:  Take Advantage of a Much Overlooked Market Segment!

Coin Investors: Take Advantage of a Much Overlooked Market Segment!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin Investors:  Do you want to buy when coin prices are already going up…or do you want to buy when coin prices are soft…before they begin rising?! One area of the rare coin market that’s been out of favor, but is beginning to gain attention again, is the […]

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com First of all…I want to point out that coin price guides are just that…GUIDES!  For convenience, they list just one price for a given grade of a coin.  It’s important to note that different coins of the same issue and grade often trade for higher and lower prices […]

By February 29, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike surfaces with exceptionally sharp […]

By February 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Using gold as an example, the first investing decision you need to make is whether you want to invest in “paper gold” or “physical gold.”  Paper gold is one of the investment instruments purchased through the securities market.  Physical gold is the real thing – you can hold […]

By February 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they traded useful goods with the Native Americans who had lived here first.  The settlers traded […]

By February 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com As an owner, or buyer or seller of rare coins, have you ever thought about how a professional coin appraisal can help you?  Normally, we think of coin appraisals as being used primarily for estate valuations after the death of a collector or rare coin investor, for insurance […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com There have been three major trends driving the coin market during 2011 that are continuing to influence the market into 2012.  All three of these trends are economically driven. The most influential of these trends has its roots deep within the global economy.  It’s the global debt bubble.  […]

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com In my last column I wrote about “early” United States Mint commemorative coins struck between 1892 and 1954.  These are legal tender silver half dollars, struck by the U.S. Mint, which also include a silver quarter from 1893 and a silver dollar from 1900, as well as 11 […]

By December 21, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Virtually all collectors of rare coins want to ultimately profit from their investment in their collections. Many collectors choose to collect those coins they think have long-term investment potential. And right now “early” United States commemorative coins offer eye-catching potential. These are legal tender coins struck by the […]

By November 27, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com There are several of us coin dealers nationwide who’ve been in this business virtually all our lives – for 40, 50 or 60 years, or even longer – since we were teenagers, or even younger. We’ve been around the market for gold bullion all that time and have […]

By November 18, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
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