Collecting Strategies

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek – Six and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

By June 11, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #111 For more than a half-century, Liberty Nickels have been extremely popular with collectors, partly because these are classic coins that are not expensive and are readily available in a wide range of grades. Liberty […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Link to Part 1 The grade of a coin is the single most important ingredient to its value. Before proceeding with this installment, I’ll repeat what I said last time. Make sure that The American Numismatic Association’s Grading Standards for United States Coins, now in its sixth edition, is the first book […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

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 at […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 1

Learning How to Grade – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Originally Appeared in Canadian Coin News My biggest pet peeve about our wonderful hobby of coin collecting is the over-grading of coins. I see this all too often when I am called in to appraise a collection or make an offer on some coins that the collector has for sale at that […]

Beginning Coin Collector eBooks from Krause Publications

Beginning Coin Collector eBooks from Krause Publications

IOLA, Wis. (May 24, 2012) — Krause Publications, a leading producer of books, magazines, online products and events, is currently offering a variety of its Beginning Coin Collector products in e-book form. In just one month over the 2011 holiday season, e-reader ownership nearly doubled, and 29 percent of adult book readers have consumed at […]

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

From the NGC by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher on 5/15/2012 Raised areas and the incorrrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is not a coin that you would expect to see faked. It is easily the most common date in the Morgan dollar series, and NGC has […]

Finest Known PCGS Set Registry Collection of Roosevelt Dimes for Sale at TNA 2012

Finest Known PCGS Set Registry Collection of Roosevelt Dimes for Sale at TNA 2012

Lee Logan, Owner, Lee Logan Interviewer: David Lisot. Assembling a collection of the finest known coins of any series is a challenge and point of pride for any collector. Lee Logan has assembled just such a set for Roosevelt dimes. He shares what drives him to assemble his collections and why he believes it is […]

What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set?

What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set?

By Stewart Huckaby – Re-posted with Permission by Heritage Auctions About a year ago, I wrote an article in this space about Type Sets, and some of the considerations involved in putting them together. At a recent coin club meeting, I decided to talk a bit about some of the topics I had covered in […]

Coin Submission Success Strategies

Coin Submission Success Strategies

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re anything like me, then you occasionally submit coins to one of the major Third Party Grading companies to preserve them, attribute them, or to add to your collection of certified coins. I look at a lot of raw material in the hopes that my grading eye is […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles….   Some The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) 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 common sense precautions […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

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 take some […]

By April 30, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

More Investors Opt to Place Gold and Silver in Depositories

More Investors Opt to Place Gold and Silver in Depositories

Many investors who acquire precious metals as an asset and as a way to diversify their investment portfolios are storing them in insured depositories rather than taking personal possession. In fact, more individuals are storing gold and silver than at any time in recent history, and for good reasons, according to Diamond State Depository, a […]

WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek Are you a collector or investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what about the […]

By April 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFRareCoins.com As coin market trends change and evolve, and prices rise over the long-term, buyers’ demands change and become more refined.  The current demand trend for high-end coins is a preference for problem-free coins and premium quality.  By problem-free, I don’t mean coins without scratches, spots, or other imperfections.  […]

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek For many Americans, the idea of having $1000 for totally discretionary spending is a dream that sometimes happens.  Anything from a tax refund to an inheritance or other bit of good fortune can put the average guy or gal in a position to cut loose and toss cash around in […]

By April 13, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in PCGS AU58 and […]

By April 10, 2012 12 Comments Read More →
Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor In the third installment of this multi-part article, I’m going to delve into a series that has its share of issues that are not often seen with good eye appeal: three dollar gold. As a series, there are not many individual issues that are rare […]

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 […]

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor As I was getting ready to post a coin that will be for sale in today’s DWN E-Special (an 1846-D/D half eagle in PCGS VG8), it dawned on me that this piece could be the impetus for an interesting specialized collection: a grading set of […]

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ‘For better or worse, Whitman’s A Guidebook of United States Coins is still the gold standard in printed price guides.  That does not mean its pricing scheme is the best or the most accurate, but more than any other publication, beginner and intermediate coin collectors (and a great majority of […]

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The combination of history and numismatic significance makes the United Sates gold coins struck during the Civil War era (1861 to 1865) a fascinating possible collecting area for the sophisticated numismatist. Let’s take a look at each coin produced during this year and determine the most practical […]

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 prices […]

By February 29, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike surfaces with exceptionally sharp […]

By February 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, its not the Satanic […]

By February 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Certified Coin Exchange at the Long Beach Expo

Certified Coin Exchange at the Long Beach Expo

Michael Brandow, Sales Director Interviewer: David Lisot The introduction of third party grading allows many coins to trade as sight unseen commodities. One of the oldest electronic trading exchanges is Certified Coin Exchange, known as CCE. This company is a division of Collectors Universe that owns PCGS and other grading companies. Michael Brandow of the […]

By February 15, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Young Numismatists at the Long Beach Coin Expo

Young Numismatists at the Long Beach Coin Expo

Tyler and Ryan Warren, Young Numismatists Interviewer: David Lisot. Coin collectors can be almost any age. The fact is there are not that many young people getting into the hobby. The Long Beach Expo gives special attention to developing kid collectors. Meet two brothers who have gotten the collecting bug as they explain why they […]

By February 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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