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Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Goldberg and Heritage Combine For Nearly $25 Million; Lunch On 20 Pesos; Memorable 1895 Morgan Pair On Orange Blossom Trail Balance and strength are key components in sustaining the numismatic marketplace today. Rare type, key date and high-grade US gold coins are certainly doing their part generating unrelenting demand as well as combative action when […]

Precious Metals Bullion Market: Growing Global Population Will Drive Gold Price

Precious Metals Bullion Market: Growing Global Population Will Drive Gold Price

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   The extremely articulate and savvy hedge fund manager Kyle Bass was quoted in 2013 saying, “at some point in time I’d much rather own gold than paper, I just don’t know when that time is.” Like Kyle, many people desire to own gold based solely on the ostensibly […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   REALLY? For years now coin doctoring and gradeflation have been two of if not the biggest problems with the hobby. Coin doctoring actually has lessened to a small degree, while gradeflation has not. It’s one thing that standards have changed, but it’s another when EVERYONE keeps pushing […]

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ……..   Our show started VERY strong. Our first shot regular (we call him “super secret buyer”) made piles and bought some great coins. He later came back for more! From start to finish, it was non stop selling. Wednesday was a shocker. We sold six gold […]

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   The use of credit for numismatic purposes is not a bad thing, but must be used responsibly The famed collector John J. Pittman is legendary for having the foresight to have mortgaged his home to have funds to acquire coins in the 1954 King Farouk […]

The Galaxy of Precious Metals

The Galaxy of Precious Metals

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Have you ever wondered how exactly the precious metals came to be? Why are they so rare in the composition of the Earth? Although there are plenty of convincing answers to these questions provided by theology, scientists have been doggedly pursuing the answer since at least the […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Commentary for Friday, June 3, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $30.90 on the Comex today at $1240.70 so it continues to surprise. Of course the reason gold popped to the upside was the dismal jobs’ number. This was not what Janet Yellen […]

Buyer Beware: Variable Spot Price Premiums for American Silver Eagles

Buyer Beware: Variable Spot Price Premiums for American Silver Eagles

By Ron Drzewucki –  www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   The American Silver Eagle, which has a nominal face value of one dollar and contains one troy ounce of silver, was first struck in 1986. More than 400 million American Silver Eagles were produced over the first three decades of the program, and silver eagles have long reigned as […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 19: Most Dynamic Half Eagles in 4th Auction

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 19: Most Dynamic Half Eagles in 4th Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #334 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Last week, silver coins in the fourth auction of the Pogue Family Coin Collection were covered. The Pogue IV sale was conducted in New York city by […]

Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   I wrote about the Pacific island nation of Niue not too long ago, and a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver coin it had issued commemorating the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. What I didn’t mention in that blog post was the fact the the Lincoln Memorial coin is part […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Blinks in the Face of Higher Interest Rates

Gold Market Report – Gold Blinks in the Face of Higher Interest Rates

Commentary for Friday, May 27, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold market closed down $11.40 at $1207.70 in another round of selling going into the long weekend. Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s public comments today were very hawkish – she is pleased with most aspects of […]

Bullion Shark Analysis: Will the Federal Reserve Raise Rates?

Bullion Shark Analysis: Will the Federal Reserve Raise Rates?

The Federal Reserve spooked gold and silver markets this week once again with talks about a rate hike in June if economic conditions do not deteriorate. Even though multiple economic indicators have pointed to a slowing U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve members did not see this as something of much concern or something that would […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Commentary for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed down $22.60 at $1228.90 – this was the other shoe falling. The easy answer as to why gold continued to sag this morning… new home sales. The actual number blew past the estimate […]

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are among the American Public’s most popular methods to hold, trade or speculate in gold. They were first offered in the 1990s. The largest, SPDR Gold Shares, began in 2004. The early ETFs encountered significant resistance because gold believers demanded physical […]

Buying and Selling Coins – Understanding Market Liquidity

Buying and Selling Coins – Understanding Market Liquidity

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   When deciding what to collect, market liquidity should be carefully considered. Over the past several years I have discussed many ways to collect rare coins. Most collectors choose a series and make every effort to buy as many as possible. For decades the concept of […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT We thought May would be a decent month. So far, it’s turning out to be a record-breaking month! Again, late January thought early March was a “perfect storm” of negativity from the coin market (as well as oil, stocks, etc). Prices certainly fell sharply during […]

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Reports from dealers and attendees fresh from the just-concluded 77th edition of the CSNS convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, offered up a divided consensus as to market strength and or direction. A vest pocket dealer from the neighboring Hoosier State of Indiana proclaimed that he is a “bourse […]

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. I’ve been home about a week from my trip to Thailand where CoinWeek was invited to be a presenter at the XXIX World Mint Director’s Conference. I have to say that the Royal Thai Mint did a fantastic job hosting the event in the heart of Bangkok, a world-class […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company ……   One of the first symbolic, political, and critical economic actions to announce the independence of the newly-forming American Colonies was the coining of monies. Investors should embrace these historically significant symbols of the American story when investing in rare coins. […]

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Coin designers extraordinaire and the sixth and seventh Chief Engravers of the United States Mint, respectively. Two British transplants of the same generation–Barber from London, Morgan from Birmingham–whose careers brought them together creating American coins. Two men who rather famously did […]

Guest Commentary – Harvey Stack: Cents and Nonsense

Guest Commentary – Harvey Stack: Cents and Nonsense

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   The United States Mint has announced that they are considering stopping the issuance of cents, often called pennies, because of the cost to make them. Since that announcement, the cost of copper has dropped on the world metal markets and it led me to think that […]

World Precious Metals Market – Is Russia Planning a Gold Ruble?

World Precious Metals Market – Is Russia Planning a Gold Ruble?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……….   Over the past five to seven years, there has been a consistent flow of gold bars out of Western vaults in New York and London. The destination of this gold bullion has been the East—especially China, Russia, and Russia’s closest Eurasian allies. One question that the past […]

Gold and Metals Market Report – Gold Continues to Attract Attention

Gold and Metals Market Report – Gold Continues to Attract Attention

Commentary for Thursday, April 29, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $15.30 on the Comex today $1265.50 – a not unexpected rise after yesterday’s inaction by the FOMC but there are a few more factors to consider. Gold finished the day on an […]

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Andrew Jackson to be replaced on the $20 bill By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In May of 2015, the single-issue lobbying group Women On 20s presented President Barack Obama with a petition seeking to get Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew to redesign the $20 Federal Reserve note to replace the portrait of Andrew […]

Silver Coins –  Why Every American Should Own Silver

Silver Coins – 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 […]

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Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …….. [This article was originally published on CoinLink in 2011.]  There will not be a live event conducted by any of the leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins in the next couple of weeks. […]

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, […]

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

Coin Collecting Strategies – 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 a recent major 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, hotel and […]

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Dips on the Job Numbers

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Dips on the Job Numbers

Commentary for Friday, April 1, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $13.80 on the Comex today at $1220.20. This move is a bit on the curious side in that the market initially moved to the $1210.00 range and then recovered half of the […]

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of […]

 
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