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Coin Collecting Strategies: Selling Your Collection At Auction

Coin Collecting Strategies: Selling Your Collection At Auction

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Consigning coins to auction is not always a simple matter. There are many factors to consider. Heritage Auctions recently sold a significant portion of the incomparable Eric Newman collection. The NGC graded coins realized over $23,000,000. His original cost for this group […]

By December 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a timely gift […]

By November 25, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. Welcome back to the Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker guide to building the ultimate 20th century type set. In our last installment, we spelled out the basic principles of our type set strategy and focused on the most interesting small cent coins of the century. We […]

By November 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Marketplace: Specialized Designations for Strike Quality on Specific Coin Series

Rare Coin Marketplace: Specialized Designations for Strike Quality on Specific Coin Series

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Jefferson Nickels, Mercury Dimes, Roosevelt Dimes, Standing Quarters and Franklin Half Dollars are often collected by specialized designations for strike quality. When I started in rare coins over 35 years ago, there was only modest interest in later date 20th Century coins. […]

By November 12, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Got A Low Numismatic Budget ?  Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ? Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Does that headline sound insane? How can a collector with limited funds even think of obtaining something from the jaw-dropping Eric P. Newman collection? It should be obvious that I’m not advising Joe Lunchbucket to bid on the 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle quarter certified as MS-67* by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (all […]

By November 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
U.S. Coins: The Perfect Alternative, Circulated Coins

U.S. Coins: The Perfect Alternative, Circulated Coins

by Tom DeLorey – Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. …………… “Circulated Coins: The Perfect Alternative” was originally published in the February 2013 issue of COINage, Volume 49, Number 2. It is reprinted here with permission from the author.  Coin collecting today is obsessed with perfection. Perhaps it comes from the proliferation of newly struck non-circulating legal-tender (NCLT) […]

By November 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior- Coin Collecting by Design Type

Rare Coin Road Warrior- Coin Collecting by Design Type

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Over the last several decades I have started collections of quite a few different and varied items.  While maybe not a ‘hoarder’, I do enjoy searching for and acquiring different items.  Coins have been my ‘drug of choice’ so […]

By November 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Accumulating silver bullion is a satisfying task, but there’s much more to the metal than sheer ounces. Coins are full of art and history, and those elements often lead to collecting. When examining the whole spectrum of silver, it’s natural to wonder why dozens of nations have issued coins that are smaller – […]

By October 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com ………. Today, we’d like to discuss building a truly remarkable 20th century US Type set. Type sets enable you to assemble a representative sampling of coins over a particular period of time, or of a particular type of coin. When we think of type sets, we usually […]

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 […]

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins. Part Two.

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins. Part Two.

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. During the holiday season I often reflect on the many blessings I have in my life. One of those blessings is the joy I receive from handling and looking at rare coins. In fact, I love my job. I get to look at […]

By October 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

EDITORS NOTE: LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES is a new CoinWeek column that focuses on coins that were produced with low mintages yet currently sell for modest prices that are within the reach of the average collector. We hope you enjoy this numismatic perspective. by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… It’s no secret that collectors at every level are drawn […]

By October 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What Should I Collect?  Tips for Building a Meaningful Set of U.S. Coins.  Part One.

What Should I Collect? Tips for Building a Meaningful Set of U.S. Coins. Part One.

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. I am often asked what I collect.  I have collected things since my earliest days.  I often tell people that ‘you either have the collecting bug-or you don’t’.  I certainly have the bug.  As a child I collected baseball cards, stamps, comic books, […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 2: Dipped Coins

Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 2: Dipped Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #186 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is the second in a series. It is not necessary to click to read the first part to follow the theme in this second part. This discussion is about […]

By September 18, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Mirror Mirror  : Collecting Prooflike Morgan Silver Dollars

Mirror Mirror : Collecting Prooflike Morgan Silver Dollars

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Collecting Prooflike Morgan Silver Dollars by date is extremely challenging. There are few numismatic delicacies as aesthetically appealing as a deeply Prooflike silver dollar. These coins are simply stunning! Anyone who collects Morgan Silver Dollars is familiar with these interesting coins. Even though most […]

By September 16, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Whether they admit it or not, silver investors can get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to a few 100-ounce bars at a time. While “stacking” is enjoyable, it’s possible to get two forms of entertainment from the process. Thousands of different one-ounce silver rounds and […]

By September 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 1: General Concepts

Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 1: General Concepts

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #185 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Although this series relates to costly, classic U.S. coins, many of the points put forth herein apply to collecting inexpensive coins as well, and there are many exciting, classic U.S. […]

By September 11, 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 →
SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Even though Canada beat the U.S. to the gold bullion game by introducing the gold Maple Leaf in 1979, the silver version didn’t become a reality until 1988. That was two years after the silver Eagle debuted in 1986. Once thought of strictly as a bullion piece, the silver Maple’s quarter-century run makes […]

By August 12, 2013 0 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 […]

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the possibility of starting […]

SILVER 101 – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

SILVER 101 – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This is a […]

By July 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As recently as a few years ago, if you asked me “should I buy very rare United States gold coins in low(er) grades” I would have resoundingly answered “no!”  But, as with so many things in life, perspectives change and my answer to this question has […]

Trophy Coins: A Combination of Rarity, Quality and a Great Back Story

Trophy Coins: A Combination of Rarity, Quality and a Great Back Story

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Rarity will always be a factor in rare coins, but the combination of rarity, quality and a great story is what makes a wonderful trophy coin. Most traditional collectors choose a series and begin the process of forming a collection. My personal numismatic journey […]

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… In the world of rare American gold coins there tends to be two distinct camps: date collectors and type collectors. I have traditionally been a date collector and tend to value scarce/rare issues as opposed to more common issues in higher grades. But I’m beginning to become more interested […]

SILVER 101/GO SOUTH OF THE BORDER

SILVER 101/GO SOUTH OF THE BORDER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………. Need something a bit different and artistic to satisfy your silver fix? Look no further than Mexico. Currently one of three nations with silver production of more than 100 million ounces annually, Mexico has a long history of silver coinage. Much of the money in circulation in America from […]

By June 18, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #172 ….. This discussion of silver quarters follows part 1: copper and part 2: dimes. Different collectors have different budgets. The idea behind this series is that many collectors do not wish to spend more […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 2; Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 2; Dimes

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #171 ….. As stated at the beginning of part 1; copper: The purpose here is to put forth options, mention some pertinent facts related to coin prices, and provide advice, for people who would like […]

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… I often make buying decisions based on a coin’s popularity. As an example, I will buy a coin like an 1839-O quarter eagle for stock because it is popular and I know it will sell. But I might pass on a rarer coin like an 1862-S quarter eagle because […]

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