Author Archive: Steve Roach

Each week Steve writes the hobby’s most widely-read coin market
analysis in Coin World, the world’s largest coin publication where he
is associate editor. Steve has worked with ANACS, Christie's,
Heritage Rare Coin Galleries and Heritage Auctions. He is also an art
appraiser and dealer with experience in estate planning and
collectibles, and is an accredited member of the International Society
of Appraisers. Visit him online at www.steveroachonline.com or follow
him on Twitter @roachdotsteve

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Coins’ rarity not sole driver of market prices: Collecting patterns can influence demand and values

Coins’ rarity not sole driver of market prices: Collecting patterns can influence demand and values

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the June 4, 2012, Special Edition issue of Coin World A reader recently asked how a 1909-S Lincoln, V.D.B. cent could be worth considerably more than a 1982-P Roosevelt, No P dime. Both are well-known coins, with variations visible to the unaided eye and both are listed in mainstream […]

Defining “Coin Doctoring” and a busy Central States coin show

Defining “Coin Doctoring” and a busy Central States coin show

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 14, 2012, issue of Coin World The just-completed Central States Numismatic Society convention represented a busy week for the rare coin market. On April 17 at the show, the Professional Numismatists Guild’s definition of “coin doctoring” was approved. Finding a single definition for such a […]

Understanding buyer’s fees: Coin auction premiums are increasing

Understanding buyer’s fees: Coin auction premiums are increasing

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the April 9 issue of Coin World Buyer’s fees are a fact of life when buying at auction. While a seller typically pays a fee to an auctioneer for including a coin in an auction, increasingly auction houses are raising buyer’s fees as a way to increase […]

Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

By Steve Roach First published in the Feb. 13, 2012, issue of Coin World The problems of counterfeit coins and “coin doctoring” are two issues that have the potential to harm the coin market in the long term if not properly addressed. For replicas, eBay sellers typically pictured coins marked COPY in accordance with the […]

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Each issue in the Saint-Gaudens $20 series has a unique story – FUN auction sets tone for year

Each issue in the Saint-Gaudens $20 series has a unique story – FUN auction sets tone for year

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com Reposted on CoinWeek with Permission First published in the January 2, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World The auctions associated with the Florida United Numismatists convention, set for Orlando Jan. 5 to 8, are major market events that help set the tone for the coin market. The 2011 FUN auctions […]

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Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com Rare coin investment funds have been around for decades, and on Oct. 31, the formation of four new funds to be managed by Certified Assets Management International LLC, was announced. One of the funds is expected to acquire up to $250 million in rare coins. Successful coin funds could place […]

By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Long-held Coin Collections Can Teach Lessons in Originality

Long-held Coin Collections Can Teach Lessons in Originality

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com Collectors and dealers alike enjoy buying coins that have been in long-held family collections as they are “fresh” to the market and have generally been allowed to age gracefully. Naturally toned Proof 1866 Seated Liberty silver dollar is typical of the “fresh” coins in the Teich Family Collection, to be […]

By November 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the Oct. 24, 2011, issue of Coin World. Dealers are gearing up for the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural fall National Money Show, Oct. 13 to 15, in Pittsburgh. More than 300 tables have been sold, although dealers are hesitant due to the cool-down in the precious metals […]

By October 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Globalization of the Rare Coin Market

The Globalization of the Rare Coin Market

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the October 10 issue of Coin World The rare coin market continues to expand globally, while closer to home the fall coin show season is in full swing. For sure, it’s been a busy month for the coin market. The Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo […]

By September 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Even as silver market soars, ATB 5-ounce quarters cool off

Even as silver market soars, ATB 5-ounce quarters cool off

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the September 26, 2011, issue of Coin World As bullion continues to soar, one series whose fate is tied to silver comprises the America the Beautiful .999 fine 5-ounce silver quarter dollars. The Mint offers two versions of each issue: bullion examples that are available to authorized […]

By September 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Gold, Silver Bullion Keeps Driving Rare Coin Market

Gold, Silver Bullion Keeps Driving Rare Coin Market

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the September 19, 2011, issue of Coin World Bullion continues to drive the market, and the U.S. Mint’s recent repricing of many of its precious metal coins directly and quickly impacted the secondary market. For Proof American Eagle silver bullion coins, the Mint’s price increase from the […]

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Coins impacted when gold skyrockets to record price

Coins impacted when gold skyrockets to record price

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the August 29, 2011, issue of Coin World Investors went crazy for gold the week starting Aug. 7, building on the last decade of gains to an explosive high of $1,801 an ounce in the futures markets while reaching a New York intra-day high of $1,799.20 an […]

By August 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Specialist areas provide coins with rich stories

Specialist areas provide coins with rich stories

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the Aug. 15, 2011, issue of Coin World “People don’t just want to buy an object, they want to buy a story.” Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s head of Chinese works of art — a category that has exploded in the past three years — wrote this, and I […]

Gold Bugs Rejoice as Gold Hits Record Price

Gold Bugs Rejoice as Gold Hits Record Price

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the August 1, 2011, issue of Coin World Gold bugs rejoiced as gold hit a new all-time high on July 13, reaching nearly $1,590 an ounce in New York before closing at $1,583.50. Gold is up more than 10 percent in 2011, climbing for each of the […]

Pricing the priceless: What’s a 1933 $20 gold double eagle worth?

Pricing the priceless: What’s a 1933 $20 gold double eagle worth?

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the July 25, 2011, issue of Coin World As the trial to determine who owns the “Langbord 10” 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles is scheduled to begin July 7 in a Philadelphia federal courtroom, many are wondering what these coins are worth. We know what the […]

Heritage and Stack’s Bowers compete to fill Summer ANA coin auctions

Heritage and Stack’s Bowers compete to fill Summer ANA coin auctions

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the July 11, 2011, issue of Coin World As Bowers and Merena merged with Stack’s at the end of 2010, many wondered if the resources of the new Stack’s Bowers Galleries would have a greater shot at gaining market share away from Heritage Auctions than either firm […]

Are coins undervalued as an asset class?

Are coins undervalued as an asset class?

By Steve Roach – SteveRoachOnline.com First published in the May 16, 2011, issue of Coin World In early June, several coin dealers wrote blogs that compared the coin market to the art market — a topic that seems to come up every few years. To be sure, the overall coin market is small compared with […]

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 27, 2011, issue of Coin World Three firms held auctions immediately before and during the June 2 to 4 Long Beach (Calif.) Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, which in total realized more than $22 million. The pre-Long Beach auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers realized […]

eBay Coin Auctions Continue To Surprise as some GSA Morgan Silver Dollars Soar

eBay Coin Auctions Continue To Surprise as some GSA Morgan Silver Dollars Soar

By Steve Roach First published in the June 20, 2011, issue of Coin World Sometimes, the kind of holder that a coin is in can have a dramatic impact on its price. Every once in a while collectors go crazy for a coin on eBay. That happened on May 29 as 13 bidders placed 39 […]

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 16, 2011, issue of Coin World Demand is broad for Mint State Walking Liberty half dollars and many issues have seen prices increase steadily in the last month. As of May 25, there are at least five wholesale buyers who are aggressively buying MS-64 to MS-66 […]

Coin market affected by silver’s recent tumble

Coin market affected by silver’s recent tumble

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 6, 2011, issue of Coin World The gold and silver markets have been in a state of flux for the past several weeks, with silver experiencing a severe correction in recent weeks. On April 28, silver closed in London at $48.70 an ounce after reaching almost […]

The strong market for classic Proof U.S. coins

The strong market for classic Proof U.S. coins

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 30, 2011, issue of Coin World The Heritage Platinum Night auction on April 28 was led by gold coins, with classic U.S. Proof gold coins achieving the six highest prices in the sale. The auction was held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society […]

Crazy Precious Metal Markets and a robust Central States Show

Crazy Precious Metal Markets and a robust Central States Show

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com/ First published in the May 16 issue of Coin World – http://www.coinworld.com/ As this is being written April 27, there is lots of optimism about the Central States Numismatic Society’s convention in Rosemont, Ill., from April 27 to 30. Dealers are excited about the show being in an easy-to-get-to location, […]

Big demand for pre-1965 90% silver coins

Big demand for pre-1965 90% silver coins

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the April 18, 2011, issue of Coin World Pre-1965 90 percent silver U.S. coins are especially hot, while silver U.S. coins that aren’t so familiar to buyers — such as post-1992 Proof 90 percent silver coins from Silver Proof sets — are trading at discounts to melt […]

One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the March 7, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World The Morgan dollar is widely traded at all levels, from the top-grade rarities that sell in the high-six figures for investment portfolios to the low-grade polished coins that trade in bulk as collectible alternatives to silver bullion. The […]

By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Gold, silver bullion on rise, but ATB 5-oz silver coins settle down

Gold, silver bullion on rise, but ATB 5-oz silver coins settle down

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the February 28, 2011 issue of Coin World On Feb. 8, silver and gold made a big jump as the U.S. dollar showed signs of weakening and the market reacted to China increasing interest rates in an effort to fight inflation. However, the 2010 America the Beautiful […]

By February 13, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
ATB 5-ounce Silver Quarter Market Still Robust

ATB 5-ounce Silver Quarter Market Still Robust

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com/ First published in the Feb. 21, 2011, issue of Coin World. Collectors are still paying huge premiums for 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce .999 fine silver bullion coins and completed transactions on eBay continue to document the market as it progresses. While the nine authorized purchasers that purchased these coins […]

By February 7, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com – First published in the Feb.14, 2011, issue of Coin World January was a hard month for gold. It opened on Jan. 4 at $1,405.50 (London AM fix spot price) and has gradually fallen since, hitting $1,325.60 during trading Jan. 25. It rebounded slightly before falling to a low of […]

By February 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Auctions show continued resilience at top of market for rare coins

Auctions show continued resilience at top of market for rare coins

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report Blog [First published in the Feb. 7, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World] Things continue to be rosy at the top end of the rare coin market. Looking at the results of the recent Florida United Numismatists convention auctions reveals that collectors are paying strong premiums for […]

By January 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report Blog First published in the Jan. 31, 2011, issue of Coin World At the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. luncheon at the Florida United Numismatists show in Tampa on Jan. 8, NGC chairman Mark Salzberg presented some refreshing comments relating to his perceptions of the rare coin market. While […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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