Collecting Strategies

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. One of the most frequently asked questions that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, the […]

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression, some make me pause for a moment before I resume looking at more coins and a small number get me to stop everything else I’m doing (I’m a notorious […]

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… What will the bullion markets look like when silver reaches $100 an ounce? Some would say the previous sentence is an exercise in optimism by silver bugs. How does $1000 an ounce sound? That doesn’t mean silver investors would rule the world if this scenario came to pass, as […]

By April 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

By guest blogger Robert Kanterman for Doug Winter Numismatics …… I’d like to thank long-time DWN client and personal friend Robert “RYK” Kanterman for writing this excellent study on some of the potential avenues for the PCGS Set Registry which are available to collectors of 19th (and early 20th century) gold coinage. Robert’s suggestions are […]

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you have a numismatic budget of $2,000-10,000 per coin and you want to explore a series that is reasonably short in duration but long on challenges, I’d strongly suggest No Motto half eagles from New Orleans. Let’s take a brief look at this area of […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By by Joe Jaroch – Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

By March 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver investors tend to check the current spot price before making a purchase. That’s a logical starting point, as the cost for physical metal is usually – but not always – related to spot. Don’t expect former premiums to remain in place when spot plunges. Why does this happen? […]

By March 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you pass […]

SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER?  NO!

SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER? NO!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Imagine owning a corporation with annual sales of $761 million. Better yet, wouldn’t a net worth of that amount go beyond your wildest dreams? So how can 761,000,000 (that’s more than 3/4 of a billion) be a relatively mundane number? That high nine-digit figure represents the ounces of newly […]

By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #154 ….. This is the second part of my series on classic U.S. coins that cost in the range of $250, or substantially less. In part 1, I discussed Indian Cents, Lincoln Cents, large cents […]

By February 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

by Al Doyle The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, but this year’s […]

By February 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #153 ….. While it is true that much of my research and analyses relate to very expensive coins, I also write about coins that are not so expensive. My discussion here is about U.S. coins […]

By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments The incredible rise in precious metals prices has given more than a few rare coin investors a reason to pause and question their investment strategy. And while this commentary will not be of much interest if you own the rare coins which have moved substantially higher this past decade […]

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Every American should own at least a little silver.  No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that?  If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea..  It’s amazing […]

By February 4, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Many numismatists have been forced to adopt cautious spending habits when it comes to buying coins as the U.S. economy and employment market stumbles along. Even lean times don’t diminish a strong collecting instinct, but having less disposable income means fewer impulse purchases and a greater emphasis on seeking […]

By January 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Things to Remember About Rare Coin Auctions

Things to Remember About Rare Coin Auctions

by Jeff Garrett from the NGC Weekly Market Report …….. Jeff Garrett shares his knowledge and expertise regarding bidding at rare coin auctions such as the upcoming FUN Heritage Auction. If you’ve never attended a rare coin auction or you need a refresher on how to prepare, read on for his excellent advice. As I […]

How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While looking through thousands and thousands of coins recently in the 2013 Heritage FUN sale, I took a brief pause and read the preface to the catalog, where collectors are introduced and given the opportunity to write briefly about their collections. Some of these collectors, like […]

By January 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 – DON’T PANIC!

SILVER 101 – DON’T PANIC!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… If I was given a $1 bill for every lament I’ve heard from those who bought physical silver just before the spot price dropped once the purchase was made, I could fill a briefcase with portraits of George Washington. So what if silver drops $1 or $2 after you […]

By January 2, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins in the $1,500-3,500 Range

Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins in the $1,500-3,500 Range

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… An article of mine was recently published (by CoinWeek),  a content partner of ours, and a reader left a comment about how my subject was elitist and how I am only concerned with selling $50,000+ coins. Hey, I LOVE selling $50,000 coins but I probably sell […]

By January 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Happy Holidays,  and How I got my start in this hobby

Happy Holidays, and How I got my start in this hobby

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Numismatists are a hardy lot. Once we have found a series or type of coin that we enjoy the hunt begins to either build a set, series or locate a nicely matched collection or accumulation. Winter and the holiday season are upon us and it’s time […]

By December 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

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 December 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How I Blew My Free Appraisal

How I Blew My Free Appraisal

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the oddest things about being a coin dealer are the almost daily phone calls I get from people who demand free information. Typically, these calls are from non-collectors who have found my name on the internet and have chosen me to help them determine […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Budget Silver Coins for the Casual Collector

Budget Silver Coins for the Casual Collector

Welcome to this week’s “Budget Silver Coins for the Casual Collector.” For this feature, I go through our inventory and find some older, inexpensive silver coins, with a view towards recommending them for the beginning collector as an introduction to world coins. These coins would also make a nice “stocking stuffer” for the casual coin […]

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

Silver 101 is a NEW CoinWeek column on Silver collecting and investing by Al Doyle. It will focus on the basics of investing in Silvers, but also provide time tested recommendations that any silver coin collector or investor can use to maximize their acquisitions Silver 101 by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… At current spot […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

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 those working on a typical coin budget. So-called “short sets” are one partial solution to that […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #140 ….. On Thursday, Nov. 15, during a ‘Rarities Night’ event at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers offered a small, though impressive, group of Liberty Seated Dimes, including important dates and condition rarities. I discuss […]

By November 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

Collecting Strategies: Affordable 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 to […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the real pleasures to collecting Dahlonega gold coins is the variety of ways that the collector can pursue his avocation. Collecting these coins can range in levels of intensity from a mild flirtation to a complete obsession. As someone who has an abiding interest […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Five Aspects That Make Collections Great Or, How to Build the Next Great Collection

The Five Aspects That Make Collections Great Or, How to Build the Next Great Collection

By John Kraljevich – jkamericana.com A CoinWeek Content Partner …….. Among the perks of being an auction cataloguer is the ability to see great collection in situ, just as the collector formed them: complete, in their envelopes, in their natural state of order or disorder. Seeing three great collections side by side during my cataloguing […]

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show from 1930 to 1932, […]

By November 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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