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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 →
A Kid’s Guide to Collecting Coins Now Available

A Kid’s Guide to Collecting Coins Now Available

IOLA, Wis. (Oct. 17, 2011) – Krause Publications, a leading producer of books, magazines, websites and events for the coin and paper money collecting hobbies, has released A Kid’s Guide to Collecting Coins. “Coin collecting is a great hobby for people of all ages, and with this book we’re hoping to get kids involved at […]

Coin Collecting: Do We Still Have a $20 Hobby ?

Coin Collecting: Do We Still Have a $20 Hobby ?

By Mark Benvenuto (updated 10-2011) If you are like many collectors, you may have spent a bit of time wondering just where our hobby has been going since 2007. With the economic slump, then the proclamations of recovery, you can’t help but wonder where that recovery really is when gold flirts with price tags like […]

Building a Basic Type Set of Five Dollar Gold Pieces

Building a Basic Type Set of Five Dollar Gold Pieces

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The half eagle is the very first gold coin to be struck at the United States mint. This denomination was struck without interruption from 1795 to 1929, and it is the only U.S. gold issue to be produced at all eight United States mints. It is very popular with collectors, […]

By October 10, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: How to Sell Your Coins and Work with Coin Dealers

The Coin Analyst: How to Sell Your Coins and Work with Coin Dealers

by Louis Golino for Coin Week There is little doubt that along with the U.S. Mint coin dealers are probably the most frequently criticized players in the coin industry. Many collectors seem to believe that dealers are unnecessary in the online age and many question their ethics. The Coin Dealer Newsletter recently published a fascinating […]

By September 30, 2011 6 Comments Read More →
Ten Attractive and Cheap World Coins

Ten Attractive and Cheap World Coins

by Al Doyle The current economic slump has forced many collectors to cut spending to the bone. Even with their allure, coins can’t compete with buying groceries and paying the mortgage or rent. So what can the cash-strapped numismatist do to stay involved in his favorite pastime? Perhaps it’s time for a little creative or […]

By September 29, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Mark Salzberg — A Passion for Collecting

Mark Salzberg — A Passion for Collecting

In an interview for Heritage Magazine, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg shares his passion for collecting. Read the full interview by Johannes Werner, here. Certified Success From Zsolnay and Redmond to Chagall and Van Erp, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg has extended his collecting far beyond the world of coins. Mark Salzberg has a knack for collecting […]

Coin Market Report and Trading Insights

Coin Market Report and Trading Insights

Harry Miller President, Millers Mint and Numismatic Commentator David Lisot, Interviewer Harry Miller writes columns for several coin publications. He gives an overview of the coin market and discusses ways to address the fluctuations in the price of precious metals. 5:44 Coin Market Report and Trading Insights     Coin Market Report and Trading Insights […]

By September 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
How to Add Value to Your Early Gold Collection

How to Add Value to Your Early Gold Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com You can make random purchases of early United States gold coins and, if you are lucky, you might acquire some nice pieces as time passes. But if you follow some of these suggestions and formulate a game-plan, my guess is that you will have a better grasp of what is […]

By August 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Park Avenue Numismatics Launches Free Online Rare Coin Encyclopedia

Park Avenue Numismatics Launches Free Online Rare Coin Encyclopedia

Park Avenue Numismatics has announced the launch of its’ new online Rare Coin Encyclopedia at www.parkavenumis.com according to Bob Green, President and C.E.O. Park Avenue. “In an effort to bring our clients more information and to educate new collectors, we’ve compiled a wonderful library of historical data for each series from pennies to twenties” Green […]

By August 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecing 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 commons […]

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Using the revised population estimates in the third edition of my book, it is possible to make some interesting observations and conclusions regarding Dahlonega coinage. As an example, it is possible to estimate the average number of survivors for each denomination, the percentage of survivors by grade, and an overall […]

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The coin market is at the leading edge of an emerging trend in coin grading and coin pricing. It started four years ago with the recognition of premium quality coins by CAC, Certified Acceptance Corporation. The founders of CAC recognized that coins just making a grade were dragging […]

A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a problem in the market. Doctoring is not new. I’ve heard stories of American collectors and dealers “messing” with coins as far back as a century ago, and I have no doubt that the […]

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com When most people think of coin collecting, they think of filling albums with coins organized by date of issue and mintmark, or organizing boxes of encapsulated coins in a similar way. But trends of collecting have changed over time. For example, collecting coins by mintmark wasn’t a recognized […]

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan with which to begin building your investment […]

Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they know that you are in a situation of desperation, […]

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Okay, so you’ve decided that owning rare coins for economic and personal reasons makes sense. Now, how do you get a grip on how the rare coin market works? First of all, take an interest in rare coins. You don’t have to become an expert, just learn the […]

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com I get calls from potential new gold coin collectors nearly every day. Some of them have spent a good deal of time researching the gold coin market and have a good idea what the coins that they may be buying will cost. Others have no clue and are almost charmingly […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #55 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Dr. Robert Hesselgesser assembled one of the all-time most complete collections of regular issue, bust silver dollars. On Monday, May 30th, the firm of the Goldbergs auctioned Hesselgesser’s set of bust silver dollars at the […]

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I was a kid just beginning to get serious about coins, an older local dealer made a comment that has stayed with me for years. When discussing his buying philosophy he said, “Stick with the keys, kid, you’ll never go wrong.” What he meant, of course, was that if […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

by Louis Golino To view Part 1 of this article…Click Here Steve Estes is a Portland, Oregon coin dealer and a professional numismatist who has been in business since 1963. He and his wife, Debbi, sell primarily PCGS and NGC-certified and some raw coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars, Walking Liberty halves, and a wide […]

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #53 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds More than twenty years ago, there was a rage for Three Cent Nickels. During the rare coin boom from 2002 to 2008, however, hardly anyone mentioned Three Cent Nickels. Sure, many Three Cent Nickels quietly increased in value […]

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the newer catch-all coin terms that’s been making the rounds is “widget.” This is a derogatory term meaning a coin that is common, boring, and lacking in character. I would primarily characterize a widget as something that is generic in nature. No one goes out and says “I’m […]

What is a Fresh Coin?

What is a Fresh Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I was recently having a numismatic conversation with someone about an auction (sad life, I know…) and the subject of “fresh coins” came up. This person is knowledgeable and I respect his opinion. And after three minutes of discussion, I realized that his view of freshness and mine were different. […]

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities A look at the PNNA – Tukwila,WA Dealers have prattled on and on about the lack of fresh material. The downturn in the economy and impending inflationary cycle have taken many of the high-end scarcer coins and pushed them deeper into already deep pockets. There were a number of articles […]

By April 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Rare Coin Market Report by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCMR I am going to talk about rare coin auctions and the ‘games’ some individuals play to manipulate the system. This is a two part series in which I will discuss auction venues where rare coins can be purchased. In next month’s […]

Coin Board News – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Coin Board News – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

By David Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net MARKET ACTIVITY After the amazing developments during the last quarter of 2010, the new year has started out relatively quiet. The seller on eBay who has been offering partial sets of pennies in Lincoln Printing Company boards for many months is still attempting to sell them at fixed prices to […]

By March 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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