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The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek It’s been quite a while since I devoted a column to the precious metals scene.  I feel now is an appropriate time to do so because recent developments in gold and silver prices seem to be significant enough that they may have longer-term implications for bullion investors.  Silver is at […]

Baltimore was a blast – Stack’s Bowers sale claims nearly $5 Million – 8th Summer FUN underway

Baltimore was a blast – Stack’s Bowers sale claims nearly $5 Million – 8th Summer FUN underway

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report It’s a hot summer – outside as well as on the bourse! Read on for the latest show updates. Another Baltimore Whitman Expo is in the books, and the 2014 summer edition show was a vibrant affair from the opening bell. Collectors seized the opportunity to do some […]

Hot Topics: Wow! Eliasberg + Pogue Rare Coin Collection in my Lifetime… Some Thoughts

Hot Topics: Wow! Eliasberg + Pogue Rare Coin Collection in my Lifetime… Some Thoughts

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Hot Topics Since hearing the news they are selling all I can do is think about the Pogue Rare Coin Collection – the ULTIMATE coin collection EVER formed. They took the best of the best and built something better. The collection is primarily Bust coins-but they have quiet “finest known” sets of […]

Economic World War 3 Declared On US Dollar!

Economic World War 3 Declared On US Dollar!

Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com by Patrick A. Heller The 30-year $400 billion agreement for Russia to supply natural gas to China without using US dollars for payment is just one of the opening salvos by these two nations to destroy the US dollar. There are a number of other attacks on the US […]

Looking forward to 2014/2015 Ancient Coin Market Conditions

Looking forward to 2014/2015 Ancient Coin Market Conditions

By Geoffrey Cope www.petitioncrown.com A few years ago I proposed that Coin Collecting / Numismatics should be classed as an ASSET CLASS in their own right. I considered that having a mix of different asset classes can assist to reduce your overall risk and volatility and assist to preserve your hard earned wealth. Coins are just […]

Egyptian Coins and New School Archaeology

Egyptian Coins and New School Archaeology

By Wayne Sales…. As the State Department hearing on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Egypt approaches, comments have appeared online espousing divergent points of view.  Readers of this blog will naturally be most familiar with the views of private collectors and independent scholars.  The archaeological community is the opposite pole in almost every […]

A Fresh Example Of Gold Price Manipulation!

A Fresh Example Of Gold Price Manipulation!

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service A major trade last week has all the tell-tale signs of institutional gold price manipulation… The suppression of gold and silver prices is virtually an all-day everyday experience. It is so flagrant and blatant that analysts like me actually grow weary of exposing the obvious manipulation of precious metals […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series As collectors of ancient coins, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic, “No!” The Dirty Little Secret is that museums hate ancient coins. Or, […]

Hot Topics: Chatrooms Must Change

Hot Topics: Chatrooms Must Change

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Hot Topics THE OPINIONS AND COMMENTS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE THOSE OF THE WRITER ALONE  AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF LEGEND NUMISMATICS, LM AUCTIONS OR ANY OTHER COMPANY,ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL(S) TIME FOR DRASTIC CHANGES For too many years I’ve sat back and watched and experienced first hand how chatrooms […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program continues to perform well in the secondary market. Will this trend continue? By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Modern commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint frequently drop in price after initial interest in the coins fades.  When early prices for 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coins sold and graded […]

Gold & Silver: The Case For Separation Of Government And Money!

Gold & Silver: The Case For Separation Of Government And Money!

By Patrick Heller – Liberty Coin Service If you asked the average person on the street if government should be responsible for establishing monetary standards and the issuance of circulating money, I suspect that a very high percentage would agree. In my judgment, those who think that way would be wrong. The invention of money was […]

The US Government Has Rigged Precious Metals Markets For 80 Years!

The US Government Has Rigged Precious Metals Markets For 80 Years!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com …….. By now, I suspect that many of you have heard about the 60 Minutes program two Sundays ago. It exposed the impact of high frequency trading at 1) increasing the profits of brokerage firms, and 2) resulting in individual investors selling their holdings for a […]

The Real Diehl: Gold as Wealth Insurance

The Real Diehl: Gold as Wealth Insurance

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. I described in my last article how gold’s core value proposition is as wealth insurance. In this article I’ll address why understanding gold as wealth insurance, rather than as just another investment alternative, is crucial to understanding why gold […]

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

 Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #214 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The present topic is Choice (MS-63) to Gem Uncirculated (MS-65 or higher grade) commemorative one dollar gold pieces. These are only nine issues of such commemorative U.S. gold coins, which date […]

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek  In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]

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Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Rare Coin World of Old Favorites

The Rare Coin World of Old Favorites

By Richard Schwary (www.golddealer.com) ………… Not that long ago well-known coin dealer Ray Merena passed away and I began to think about how many old favorites are not with us anymore. Ray was buying and selling important coins in the 1970’s so we knew each other from the old days. And over the years we […]

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com                 I was recently involved in a discussion with a collector about historic coin market trends.  He was fascinated with this history which gave him new insights into the areas he’s now collecting.  Therefore, I thought more people would be interested in a short background of the coin market during […]

By December 2, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. A member of Russia’s national legislature, Mikhail Degtyarev has introduced a bill in that nation’s parliament to outlaw the use or possession of US Dollar currency. Degtyarev, a member of the Liberal Democrat Party and a losing candidate for mayor of Moscow in the […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What Got You Hooked?  Part One

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What Got You Hooked? Part One

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Often times I reminisce about how much fun I have had both collecting and buying/selling rare coins.  The ‘fun’ hasn’t ALL been about the coins, because the ‘players’, many of which have been and are great friends are what […]

By October 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Finding Ruth: Thoughts on a Family Coin collection

Finding Ruth: Thoughts on a Family Coin collection

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. The drive there was like any other. It was raining, and the kids had been screaming their heads off for over two hours. Meanwhile, my wife and I were already tired from being on the road for longer than that, traveling to High Point, North Carolina […]

By September 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

By Tony Davis Investors are anxiously waiting on the edge of their seats to determine what the Federal Reserve’s plans are with respect to their $85 billion a month bond buying program, but the Fed provided very little guidance in their statement on Wednesday, only indicating that the economy is showing modest growth, which some investors construe as […]

By August 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. As a coin dealer that derives a good bit of our business from bullion coins, the last few months have been quite challenging, as gold and silver are down for the year approximately 24% and 38%, respectively.  While bullion coins tend to be fairly liquid, […]

Do Bullion Prices Matter Anymore?

Do Bullion Prices Matter Anymore?

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. For decades, bullion prices have had a profound impact on the prices of rare coins. I first witnessed this in 1979 when gold and silver prices exploded. Gold soared to around $850 per ounce and silver was briefly around $50 per ounce. Rare coin […]

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… For years collectors and buyers of modern precious metal coins issued by the U.S. Mint have been puzzled and a bit annoyed by the unusually low face values of such coins, both bullion and collectible. A one-ounce American gold eagle, for example, has a face value of only $50, but is currently worth […]

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around the  floor at a show, you may not notice this (many […]

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

by Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins …….. This past couple weeks  has caused gold bugs a great deal of concern. It’s the worst drop in percentage terms in 30 years. You have to go back to the 1983 drop during the Reagan era to find such a collapse in sentiment and price. Of course, in […]

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at the recent Central States coin show.  But you know something?  I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, […]

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the course of the last two trading days, April 12 and 15, gold has suffered its worst decline in dollar and percentage terms since 1983, going from almost $1600 to about $1350 in the past week . A drop of 10% and $250 definitely gets the attention not […]

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 […]

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