Collecting Strategies

US Gold Coins under $5000 – Liberty Head Quarter Eagles from the 1840s

US Gold Coins under $5000 – Liberty Head Quarter Eagles from the 1840s

News and Analysis regarding coins,  markets, and the collecting community #322 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………   Liberty Head quarter eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1840 to 1907. It is practical and logical to limit this discussion to those from the 1840s. During the first decade of this type, […]

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Grading practices are based on common sense aided by experience. In many instances the difference between two grades can be a significant amount of your hard-earned money. This is especially true comparing the prices of About Uncirculated and Uncirculated (Mint State) coins. Plainly stated, a coin is […]

US Coin Market – Expert Advice – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

US Coin Market – Expert Advice – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com ……   Three Old School Rules to Protect New Rare Coin Buyers I began my career in numismatics during the late eighties. Rare coins were undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Third party grading and encapsulation had begun in earnest. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the American Numismatics Association Certifications […]

Silver Coins –  Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

Silver Coins – Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   At current spot prices in the $15/ounce range, silver isn’t the screaming bargain it was over a decade ago when the metal’s peak for the year was $5.05/ounce on July 22, 2002. Despite silver’s higher price point today, economic observers still say it’s still a good value based […]

By March 4, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
US Coin Collecting  – Thoughts on Originality

US Coin Collecting – Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. […]

Coin Collecting Strategy – Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment

Coin Collecting Strategy – Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment

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, […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   How does a person move from being a bullion investor to a collector? It’s not an either/or choice, as both options can be pursued simultaneously. Genuine concern about the declining value of the dollar is what normally motivates investors to purchase gold and silver. The beaming luster, various […]

By February 29, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

A Series on Budget Coin Collecting where anyone can enjoy building a collection of coins By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ….   For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by […]

By February 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting All 2015 U.S. Coins Costs A Pretty Penny

Collecting All 2015 U.S. Coins Costs A Pretty Penny

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   Have you ever wondered what it would cost to collect all the different coins that the United States Mint released each year? I’m not talking about the various coin sets and products, but rather one specimen of each available coin. For example, if you wanted to acquire the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ……   Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes […]

By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ………   When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, Saint-Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   As with the 20-unit gold coins issued by France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and other members of the Latin Monetary Union of 1865 to 1927, silver pieces of uniform size and weight denominated in various national currencies were struck to facilitate cross-border commerce. Budget-minded collectors who are priced out of obtaining U.S. silver […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Oh, you’re a coin dealer? What should I collect? This is a question that people have been asking me throughout my career, so I thought with a new year upon us I would try to offer some suggestions as 2016 gets […]

Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

By February 1, 2016 7 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Collecting Strategies

American Silver Eagle Collecting Strategies

By Bullion Shark LLC …….. American Silver Eagles have become one of the most popular silver bullion coins of the modern day. Although many investors buy Silver Eagles for their precious metal content, many coin collectors are also getting in on the hype. There are a few main ways a numismatic lover can put together […]

By February 1, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies –  Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

Coin Collecting Strategies – Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

By January 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Ex-Numis®, a new website, can answer an important question: Has your coin been published at an auction? Instead of looking through thousands of auction catalogues, you can now send a request to www.ex-numis.com. In the last years it has become more and more important to know a coins’ pedigree. On the one hand there are […]

By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint Lowers Prices for Some 2016 Products

U.S. Mint Lowers Prices for Some 2016 Products

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Look at the pricing table below… notice a trend? On Wednesday, January 20, The United States Mint announced that it would be changing prices for some of its 2016 products. All eight items will now be available for purchase at lower prices than last year. Affected products include: The 2016 […]

By January 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors. Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars. So […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

By January 6, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars […]

By January 2, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting….   Some ACCG (Ancient Coin Collectors Guild) members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal. One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally. The ACCG web site offers a few […]

By December 31, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By December 31, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

The Lighthouse of Alexandria By Julia Rich, Director, NGC Ancients…. A numismatic grand tour of some of the most important — and mysterious — ancient monuments. What can coins tell us about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? In collecting ancient coins, there are countless avenues to explore. One can curate an impressive collection […]

15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com, a CoinWeek Content Partner…..   Even if you are an ultra-specialized collector of U.S. gold coins–let’s say with an emphasis on Type One double eagles or Dahlonega half eagles–there are still specific important gold types which you might find compelling. A collector recently asked me for a list of a […]

By December 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #310 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Among the most fascinating of all American gold pieces are the fractional pieces struck in California starting in the 1850s. The California gold rush stimulated production of gold coins, […]

By December 23, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. silver coins for less than $100 each: 19th Century Types from Three Cent Silvers to Half Dollars

Classic U.S. silver coins for less than $100 each: 19th Century Types from Three Cent Silvers to Half Dollars

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #309 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. For less than $100 per coin, a collector may assemble a complete type set of U.S. silver coins of series that began after 1806 and before 1900, except silver dollars. In addition to multiple […]

By December 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Please click here to read Part One of this Article …… Collectors with a “hard money” mentality who want to go beyond familiar series such as the American Silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf have a growing number of options when it comes to one-ounce silver pieces. It could […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   A new modern coin collector can very easily become overwhelmed. Whether attending a coin show, perusing hobby web sites and periodicals, or checking out dealer stores and web sites, new collectors quickly discover that with so many coins out there it’s easy to become lost when you’re just starting […]

By December 12, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
 
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