Author Archive: Pinnacle Rarities

Kathleen Duncan co-founded Pinnacle in 1992. Her focus is finding intrinsically rare coins at fair prices. Through a process of long-term fairness and integrity she has earned one of the industry’s most stellar reputations as well as the loyalty of her clientele.

Pinnacle Rarities Inc., (Olympia, Washington) provides continuing professional service to a clientele composed of collectors, investors and dealers from all fifty states and several foreign countries. They do not try to be all things to the numismatic community. Rather, they specialize in handling the rarest, most desirable coins the industry has to offer.

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World’s Fair of Money: 10 Things to Do in Chicago without Going to Chicago

World’s Fair of Money: 10 Things to Do in Chicago without Going to Chicago

by Pinnacle Rarities… We are busy preparing for the upcoming American Numismatic Association’s annual World’s Fair of Money. This year’s show is billed as Chicago. Much has been said about the fact that it is actually hosted in Rosemont. I’ve stood on my soap box several times berating both the ANA and CSNS for overexposing […]

Book Review: Morgan Dollar – America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

Book Review: Morgan Dollar – America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities Last month Whitman Publishing released the new book, Morgan Dollar – America’s Love Affair With a Legendary Coin by Michael “Miles” Standish. At the recent Whitman Baltimore Summer Expo, I received a copy and had a chance to read it on my long trip back west. Standish does an excellent job […]

Pinnacle Rarities Purchases 1884 Proof Trade Dollar “Norweb Specimen”

Pinnacle Rarities Purchases 1884 Proof Trade Dollar “Norweb Specimen”

Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase and subsequent sale of one of only ten examples of the famed 1884 Proof Trade dollars. 1884 and the “sister coin” 1885 Proof trade dollars are two of the most coveted issues in all of numismatics. Their story is steeped in numismatic lore and their host pedigrees […]

Collecting Insights for the Standing Liberty Quarter Series- Part 2

Collecting Insights for the Standing Liberty Quarter Series- Part 2

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ………. Standing Liberty Quarters were struck at the Philadelphia Mint from 1916 until 1930 with the exception of only 1922, when no quarters were produced at any Mint.  Strikings at Denver and San Francisco were more sporadic.  This is the only 20th century regular issue U.S. coin for which […]

Mixed Reviews on September’s Long Beach Coin Show

Mixed Reviews on September’s Long Beach Coin Show

by: Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities While we enjoyed conversing and doing business with several of our good clients at last week’s Long Beach Coin Show, overall action was a bit slower than anticipated.  Over the past couple years, activity at most of the Long Beach conventions has been brisk, but this time there was […]

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……… Previously published in the Coin Dealer Newsletter – Monthly Supplement, July 12th, 2013   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921.  Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold […]

2013 Central States Show Exceeds Already Great Expectations

2013 Central States Show Exceeds Already Great Expectations

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……… The Central States Numismatic Society’s convention is perennially a great show.  No matter the location (and Schaumburg’s just about the worst), every major dealer turns up to do business and this year was no exception.  It is routinely our third best show of the year, after FUN and […]

The History of the Trade Dollar

The History of the Trade Dollar

Article Written by Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities CoinWeek Content Partner Until the 1850′s, Americans spent most of their history looking towards the East Coast and Europe. Thereafter, we began to explore the strategic and economic significance of developing the West Coast and maintaining shipping routes from there to the Far East. The problem for […]

FUN to be back in Orlando

FUN to be back in Orlando

Pinnacle Rarities Annually dealers and collectors alike look forward to attending the Florida United Numismatic convention with unusual amounts of optimism and renewed vigor. This year’s show was no exception. The show returned to its old stomping grounds after a year hiatus in Tampa, a move we welcomed. Orlando is a great location for a […]

Matt Powell Joins Pinnacle Team

Matt Powell Joins Pinnacle Team

Pinnacle Rarities is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Powell to the role of Marketing Director/Numismatist. Matt joined Pinnacle’s team full-time on November 7, 2011. In his role, Matt is responsible for building and maintaining excellent relations with existing marketing channels as well as selling new acquisitions and services to clients and prospective customers. […]

Pinnacle Purchases Spectacular Proof Seated Quarter Collection

Pinnacle Purchases Spectacular Proof Seated Quarter Collection

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase of another world class set. We have acquired celebrated collector Bruce Scher’s Proof Seated Quarter collection. His focus (as in all things) is seeking finest known, eye appealing examples. While lacking only two dates, the set is currently ranked second on […]

Pinnacle Sells Number One PCGS Registry Set of Proof Barber Halves

Pinnacle Sells Number One PCGS Registry Set of Proof Barber Halves

Pinnacle is delighted to announce the purchase of the number one PCGS Registry set of Proof Barber Half Dollars, assembled by longtime client and astute collector Peter Kevorkian. You can view images of the set in our gallery. Proof Barber halves are one of our favorite series, and we’ve had the good fortune of having […]

Everything Came up Roses in Rosemont

Everything Came up Roses in Rosemont

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities Monday, August 15th was not only dealer set-up day for the largest coin show of the year, but marked the exact 40th anniversary of the collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement. Under this contract, the dollar was tied to gold at $35/oz. In 1971, Richard Nixon took us off […]

Coin Market Report: Hi-Yo Silver! Away!

Coin Market Report: Hi-Yo Silver! Away!

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities The recently attended Central States Numismatic Society’s convention in Rosemont, IL exceeded expectations. We had a superb buying show, getting first shot on one deal and an early shot on another, acquiring some truly exceptional pieces. You can find many of them online here. Some of our favorites are […]

Coin Show Market Report – When Less is More – BaltiMORE

Coin Show Market Report – When Less is More – BaltiMORE

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities Few cities can rival Baltimore in its ability to provide the perfect venue for a coin show. The close proximity to a number of major metropolitan areas and the variety of after show entertainment makes Baltimore a great town for conventions. Last week, the Whitman crew did an outstanding […]

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