Collecting Strategies

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 →
Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

By Steve Roach First published in the Feb. 13, 2012, issue of Coin World The problems of counterfeit coins and “coin doctoring” are two issues that have the potential to harm the coin market in the long term if not properly addressed. For replicas, eBay sellers typically pictured coins marked COPY in accordance with the […]

By February 14, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern issues, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

By February 13, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Using gold as an example, the first investing decision you need to make is whether you want to invest in “paper gold” or “physical gold.”  Paper gold is one of the investment instruments purchased through the securities market.  Physical gold is the real thing – you can hold […]

By February 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first part of this article, I discussed the ins and outs of assembling a year set of Liberty Head eagles from 1838 through 1866. In case you’ve already forgotten the premise, it’s that a collector can purchase one example of each year that this denomination/type was […]

By February 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they traded useful goods with the Native Americans who had lived here first.  The settlers traded […]

By February 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of these terms, I’d like […]

By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How to Buy Rare Coins on eBay

How to Buy Rare Coins on eBay

by Ross W. Bailey, From The E-Gobrecht – 2012 Volume 8, Issue 1 The Electronic Newsletter of the LIBERTY SEATED COLLECTORS CLUB This article distills the lessons gleaned from my ten years of experience as an active buyer and collector of rare coins on eBay. Over that period of time, I’ve made many mistakes, and […]

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com As an owner, or buyer or seller of rare coins, have you ever thought about how a professional coin appraisal can help you?  Normally, we think of coin appraisals as being used primarily for estate valuations after the death of a collector or rare coin investor, for insurance […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner A popular feature of the www.raregoldcoins.com blog is the “what’s hot and what’s not” article that I write at the end of every year. As its the very end of what’s been an interesting and active year, let’s take a look at what was in demand […]

By January 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – CoinWeek Content Partner www.raregoldcoins.com As I was viewing auctions lots for Heritage’s 2012 FUN sale in Dallas the other day, I got to thinking about a topic that I think most gold coin collectors will find interesting: which issues are really hard to find with good eye appeal. I’ve decided to […]

By December 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 21 — Winter 2012

Coin Board News For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 21 — Winter 2012

MARKET ACTIVITY Coin board sales at auction continued to be irregular during the past quarter and not particularly useful in setting values. The economy continues to limp along with no signs of real recovery in sight, and the net result of this is that the many casual buyers of coin boards I have on my […]

By December 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered  these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to a coin, but probably the crudest is called “chasing.” […]

How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner To my way of thinking, early gold coins (i.e., those struck prior to 1834) and among the most collectible and interesting areas in all of American numismatics. No, these coins aren’t cheap and they are, in reality, somewhat overvalued when you compare them to many mid-19th century […]

By December 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Dazzling Collecting Journey of Dr. Steven Duckor

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Dazzling Collecting Journey of Dr. Steven Duckor

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #85 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek If Dr. Steven Duckor currently owned a 1927-D Saint, he may have the all-time best set of business strike Saint Gaudens Double Eagles (U.S. $20 gold coins). His set will be auctioned by Heritage on […]

By December 14, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – with Permission 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 […]

PCGS Hosts Collectors Club Grading Contest at 2012 FUN

PCGS Hosts Collectors Club Grading Contest at 2012 FUN

(Orlando, Florida) — Collectors attending the upcoming Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando, January 5 – 7, 2012, will have the opportunity to test their coin grading skills and a chance to win a valuable gold coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). They’ll also have an opportunity to view selected gold and silver […]

By December 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
We Sell Coins, Why Do We Care About A Comic Book?

We Sell Coins, Why Do We Care About A Comic Book?

By Laura Sperber, – Legend Numismatics Market Report – Re-posted with Permission on CoinWeek Last week a copy reputed to be the finest of Superman #1 sold for a remarkable $2,160,000.00! Keep in mind, this is a regular for circulation to the masses comic book-NOT the original art work. For the life of us, even […]

Coin Grading – Practice Your Grading Skills

Coin Grading – Practice Your Grading Skills

by Stewart Huckaby for Heritage CoinWeek Content Partner Over the last few months, a member of one of the coin forums I participate in has been posting images of some of his Lincoln cents a couple of times a week, with a poll of possible grades, and he keeps track of the results as time […]

Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Prices of rare coins appreciate because new money enters the rare coin market vying for their limited supply. They decline in value when selling rare coins becomes a trend and buyers take their cash out of the coin market en masse. Rare coins are a “store of value” […]

By November 11, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The NFL GM’s Theory of Coin Buying

The NFL GM’s Theory of Coin Buying

By Doug Winter  for RareGoldCoins.com Is it possible that a strategy used by the General Manager of your favorite National Football League team can be applied to building your collection? This might not be as much of a stretch as you are, no doubt, thinking – and I invite you to read this blog and […]

By November 10, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 3, Three Cent Silvers

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 3, Three Cent Silvers

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #80 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Here are facts and ideas for beginning and intermediate level collectors who wish to complete or nearly complete a set of circulated Three Cent Silvers. The discussion is geared towards collectors who would like to assemble a […]

By November 9, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 2, Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 2, Quarters

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting  #79 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic here is ideas for beginning and intermediate level collectors who wish to complete or nearly complete a set of one series of silver quarters. Information and advice are provided, especially for collectors who are would like […]

By November 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 1, Dimes and Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Assembling Sets of Silver Coins, part 1, Dimes and Half Dollars

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #78 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic here is ideas for beginning and intermediate level collectors who wish to complete or nearly complete sets of U.S. silver dimes and half dollars. Advice is provided, especially for collectors who are not affluent. I […]

By October 26, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director This month Dave discusses the difficulty of detecting cleaned copper and bronze coins. My recent column on the mistaken perception held by many that old coin albums will still prompt attractive toning on coins today elicited a great deal of comment from both collectors and dealers. It […]

By October 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
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