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CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community who recognized the need for a higher level of grading.

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 3: Half Cents

Million Dollar Coins, Part 3: Half Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #358 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This discussion is about those U.S. half cents that are or were worth more than $1 million each, or may realistically retail for that much in the near future. As markets […]

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #354 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   In the realm of classic U.S. coins, the most exciting and mystifying date may be the 1870-S. For collectors who cannot afford one of the rarest silver dollars, the only 1870-S […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #353 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The theme here is completing a set of Barber dimes in Very Fine to Almost Uncirculated grades, without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. Naturally toned and pleasant representatives of one or two of the […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   AUCTION BUYING I want to make it clear – this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things […]

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

CoinWeek and Legend Rare Coin Auctions partner up to bring you a spectacular array of dazzling toned Morgan dollars from the Northern Lights Collection. These toned coins are what coin collecting at the ultra high end is all about. Each of these Morgan dollars has been graded by PCGS and is CAC-approved. Part I of the […]

Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   At the beginning of 2016, CoinWeek published an article I wrote discussing coins approved by the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). In that article I discussed briefly CAC’s inception, the initial reaction to its existence, and the positive effect that CAC has […]

Stacks Bowers Auctions – 1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter with CAC Gold Sticker

Stacks Bowers Auctions – 1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter with CAC Gold Sticker

1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter. Briggs 1-A. MS-62 (PCGS). CAC–Gold Label. OGH. Offered is an incredible Mint State example of this key date early San Francisco Mint quarter. Essentially Choice, as the coveted gold label CAC designation suggests, both sides are minimally marked with full, billowy satin luster. Pleasingly sharp in strike and untoned apart from […]

Certified Coins – Introducing the New CAC Market Values Price Guide

Certified Coins – Introducing the New CAC Market Values Price Guide

By Mark Ferguson and CAC Market Values …..   PCGS and NCG coins that have been approved and stickered by CAC command premium prices compared with coins that lack the CAC sticker. But exactly how much more should collectors and dealers pay or ask for CAC coins when buying or selling? Now expert rare coin […]

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   I have written previous articles about CAC population figures. To me, CAC populations help to quantify quality. By this, I mean that if eight examples of a specific date of Liberty Head half eagle have been approved by CAC, we can assume that there are […]

CoinWeek IQ: Type Peace Dollar CAC Price Analysis

CoinWeek IQ: Type Peace Dollar CAC Price Analysis

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   It’s been awhile since we’ve dug into a bit of coin market analysis and we thought it might be interesting to introduce a new recurring feature on CoinWeek, where we break down price performance for type coins of the different collector series. Collecting type coins […]

Classic US Coins – David Lawrence Rare Coins Acquires 1794 Silver Dollar

Classic US Coins – David Lawrence Rare Coins Acquires 1794 Silver Dollar

One of America’s First Silver Dollars David Lawrence Rare Coins has acquired one of the top condition census examples of America’s first silver dollar. Graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America (NGC) as an Almost Uncirculated 58 and verified by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), this 1794 silver dollar is among the 12 finest examples known […]

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Over the last 30 years, the coin market has changed dramatically. Initially this market was primarily for collectors who built sets as a hobby – there were no grading services and very few auctions where coins sold for six figures, let […]

Beyond Plastic:  It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

Beyond Plastic: It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   As I wrote in an earlier article, CAC populations have created a new category of rarity: the appearance rarity, which is most akin to traditional condition rarity. A scan of the most recent CAC populations reveals a number of coins which are very surprising to me as appearance rarities. In […]

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The conclusion of Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X December 18 sale at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas marks the end of the 2014 auction season and closes the door on a year that has been filled with highs and lows for the rare […]

US Coins – Spink to sell iconic 1794 Silver Dollar

US Coins – Spink to sell iconic 1794 Silver Dollar

The first of America’s iconic Silver Dollars will be on sale at Spink USA on 27 January 2015. It will also be available for view at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) at our stand no. S33-S34 from Thursday January 8 to Sunday January 11, 2015. Late in 1794, the first U.S. silver dollar was introduced.  These lovely dollars […]

By December 17, 20141 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

For absolute rarity, historic significance, and sheer romantic appeal, the 1861 Confederate half dollar is unsurpassed in the annals of American coinage. It is the only coin officially authorized and struck for the Confederate States of America. Thomas Elder was correct when he wrote in 1910 that this coin has profound historical significance that extends […]

CAC to Stop Accepting Colonial Coins for Certification

CAC to Stop Accepting Colonial Coins for Certification

By CoinWeek News Staff….   The Certified Acceptance Corporation, also known as CAC, has notified collectors that beginning January 1, 2015, it will no longer accept Colonial coins for certification. A short email sent to collectors gives no reason for the decision, but does state that Colonial issues make up a very small percentage of CAC’s sale and […]

By December 12, 20143 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: The .900 fine 1852 Assay Office slug

Coin Profiles: The .900 fine 1852 Assay Office slug

The firm of Moffat & Co. was dissolved on February 14, 1852, when John Little Moffat sold his interest to his three partners, Joseph R. Curtis, Philo H. Perry, and Samuel H. Ward. The remaining partners immediately established their new firm as the United States Assay Office of Gold and continued the federal contract to […]

Five of the Top 10 Prices Realized in Newman Coin Auction are Continental Dollars

Five of the Top 10 Prices Realized in Newman Coin Auction are Continental Dollars

The Continental Dollars selections in Newman Part V auction just concluded by Heritage in NYC build upon those previously offered in Part IV of the collection.  In Newman IV  the 1776 Silver “EG FECIT” Continental dollar graded NGC MS 63  realized just over $1.4 million. Amazingly, Newman Part V includes six more outstanding 1776 Continental Dollars from […]

By November 16, 20142 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has had a profound impact on the rare date gold market, and one of the series which has seen significant changes as a result of CAC is Type One Liberty Head double eagles. Auction results and private transactions for coins with CAC stickers, especially rare dates, show […]

Historically Important & Likely Finest Unc. 1853 Silver Dollar

Historically Important & Likely Finest Unc. 1853 Silver Dollar

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #249 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……… On Oct. 30, at the “Winter” (!) Baltimore Coin & Currency Expo, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned an astonishing collection of coins, patterns, tokens and medals from 1853. The focus here is on the PCGS graded and […]

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 […]

Coin Profile –  Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

Coin Profile – Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

The Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter in Heritage’s October 27 Signature Auction of The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II boasts a thick overlay of mint frost complementing a light golden tinge, which is somewhat deeper on the obverse. Design definition is excellent for the issue; Liberty’s toes are separated, the stars are well-defined, and the […]

CAC buys Eliasberg 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar for $646,250 at auction in Las Vegas

CAC buys Eliasberg 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar for $646,250 at auction in Las Vegas

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #245 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… Morgan Silver Dollars were minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921. The key business strike in the series is the 1893 San Francisco Mint issue. On Oct. 2, in Las Vegas, Legend […]

Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

The former Jimmy Hayes-John Whitney Walter 1796 Bust dime graded MS67 by PCGS with a green CAC sticker was the highest selling coin from Heritage’s Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction held June 23rd in New York. This first-year 1796 JR-1 dime is the sole finest certified of this variety with the […]

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

The following Coin Profile comes from Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning this coin from the Eugene H. Gardner Collection, auction #1213 on June 23, 2014 as Lot 30357. There are only 9 examples known to exist. The auction catalog reads as follows……. 1827/3/2 25C Original PR64 PCGS. CAC. B-1, R.7. This delightful Choice proof exhibits […]

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

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 […]

 
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