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Bullion Direct: Another Bullion Biz Bankrupt – Vault Virtually Empty

Bullion Direct: Another Bullion Biz Bankrupt – Vault Virtually Empty

  By Joshua Gibbons – About.Ag – for CoinWeek…. As Much as $25M of Stored Metal ‘Not Actually Purchased’ As a bullion investor and webmaster of About.Ag, I understand well the risks that customers face when ordering precious metals, especially from out of state vendors or websites. I’ve seen firsthand the implosion of such companies […]

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Summer Is Sizzling With Coin Auction Activity

Summer Is Sizzling With Coin Auction Activity

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. July Sales Make Big Splash Claiming Nearly $20 Million; Numismatics Is A Family Affair With Michigan Mom July has certainly been a very busy month on the numismatic circuit. Three weeks into the glorious summer month and the numismatic community has already held court for two major shows. […]

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 1

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. For me the anticipation of an approaching coin show transcends the magical time when, as a young lad, I eagerly awaited Santa’s visit on Christmas morning. These two events have one thing in common. As the arrival of the jolly fellow in the red suit came ever so near, my mother […]

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

By Harvey Stack and Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   AN EXHIBIT TO BE REMEMBERED On July 15, 2015 the National Numismatic Collection was returned to the displays at the Smithsonian. For close to a decade, portions of the National Collection were not exhibited as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian was reduced in size and the museum […]

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics

The Demise of the Printed Word in Numismatics

By Harvey G. Stack,  Founder – Stacks Bowers ………….. In Part 1 of this story, I discussed the various printed information sources that influenced my nearly 70 years as a professional numismatist. As the hobby grew in the years from about 1980 to the present, the quantity of printed numismatic material grew. As more people […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: Skidaway Island Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: Skidaway Island Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   Coins coming from personal collections are often given a Pedigree status and this seems to be a growing trend, as almost every auction by a major auction house now promotes coins as from the “So-and-So Collection”. As a fellow pedigree collector told me in a recent conversation: “Rick, those […]

Alongside Night Movie Videos Go On Sale

Alongside Night Movie Videos Go On Sale

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Lansing Merchant Liberty Coin Service To Handle Wholesale Distribution On July 6, the Blu-Ray/DVD 3-disc Combo Pack of the Kevin Sorbo movie Alongside Night (2015) was released. The prophetic action thriller, based on the 1979 book of the same name, is endorsed by three-time presidential candidate Dr. […]

Shane Downing – A Tribute To An Unsung Hero Of Numismatics

Shane Downing – A Tribute To An Unsung Hero Of Numismatics

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   What Does It Take To Update And Maintain A Price Guide?—A Commitment To Excellence. Certainly every coin collector loves coins and, as the market prices vacillate, the often unappreciated staple of numismatics are the pricing guides. Let me tell you updating and maintaining these guides requires careful […]

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins – Part 1

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Every coin that rests in a collection or dealer’s inventory today will one day be sold. That is an inevitable fact of life, unless, of course, someone finds a technique of transporting their cherished coins to that great coin club in the sky. The method of sale that you eventually choose, […]

CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   In our previous installment I mentioned that we will discuss how to handle coins properly. And, this is very important. One fingerprint or drop of moisture on an uncirculated coin could severely impair it as a worthy collectible, not to mention any potential resale or trading value. I was barely […]

On the Subject of Coin Dealer Price Lists and Web Sites

On the Subject of Coin Dealer Price Lists and Web Sites

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. In a previous article on the subject of dealing with dealers we touched upon some of the do’s and don’ts applicable chiefly to those dealers with whom we have personal contact. Purchasing coins through the mail and on the internet provide additional challenges worthy of discussion. Readers of Canadian Coin News […]

Beware of Defects on Coins

Beware of Defects on Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek… A defect is a defect no matter how slight the seller proclaims it. And that same “slight’ defect will become much more severe in the eyes of a buyer when it comes time to sell or trade that same coin. Try to remember this fact of life in your […]

How to Store Your Coins

How to Store Your Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

By John Feigenbaum – David Lawrence Rare Coins….   The first of six installments of the famous D. Brent Pogue Collection has now crossed the block at Sotheby’s, courtesy of Stack’s-Bowers Galleries. The Pogue Collection is one of the most exciting assemblages of United States coins to ever be offered at public auction. Certainly, it […]

Bowers, Stack, Tripp: Why Buy Coins? – Video: 6:09

Bowers, Stack, Tripp: Why Buy Coins? – Video: 6:09

Numismatic legends David Tripp, Q. David Bowers, and Larry Stack gave a spirited presentation about Numismatics on the eve of the first session of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale. In this video, the three numismatists give their best answer to the question: Why Buy Coins?   Copyright © CoinWeek June 2015 COINWeek is the most […]

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins […]

Five Coins That Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

Five Coins That Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com…. CoinWeek Content Partner   Prior to the actual Pogue I sale (held in New York on May 19), I wondered if it were possible for a sale with only 128 lots to have coins actually fly under the radar. With the benefit of a week’s worth of hindsight, I’d say […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Collecting By Die Variety

Coin Collecting Strategies – Collecting By Die Variety

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   In coin collecting, there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to deciding which varieties should be collected. In the last several months a client of mine has become quite involved collecting Morgan Silver Dollars. This client is quite studious and has spent considerable time […]

Dave Harper Discusses the Demise of Numismatic Print Publications. Video: 4:56.

Dave Harper Discusses the Demise of Numismatic Print Publications. Video: 4:56.

Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper discusses the state of numismatic print publishing and ponders what the future might have in store for the numismatic media in the years to come. Copyright © CoinWeek June 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed […]

How to Keep Coins Safe

How to Keep Coins Safe

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Would you like to keep your coin collection safe and save money at the same time? Sure. Who wouldn’t? I have my coin collection on a separate insurance policy from my homeowner policy. I pay a much lower premium with my collectibles insurance company than I would pay […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Moves Lower Ignoring Dollar Weakness

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Moves Lower Ignoring Dollar Weakness

Commentary for Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed down $9.40 on the COMEX today at $1184.70. Interestingly the dollar was weaker – the Dollar Index closed yesterday at 95.94 and it is now trading at 95.48. Under normal trading conditions this half […]

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   My friends, it is best to rid yourself of the false notion that merely acquiring any coins in any grade will place you on the fast track to untold riches. This is especially true of so-called “promoted” coins. Promoted coins are nothing more than coins that are in ample supply […]

Gainesville Coins Market Update: May 22-29, 2015

Gainesville Coins Market Update: May 22-29, 2015

The volatility of global equities was on the rise this week, with significant sell-offs on the major stock exchanges in the U.S. (Tuesday) and China (Thursday). This coincided with a downward revision of first-quarter GDP amid an array of other disappointing economic data in the States. Funds continued to crowd into the bond markets, though […]

Dealing with a Coin Dealer

Dealing with a Coin Dealer

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   The relationship between a coin collector and his or her favourite dealer will go a long way in determining the growth and health of the individual’s coin collection, not to mention the added benefits of continued interest and enthusiasm for our great hobby of numismatics. For the continued […]

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   As I wrote in an earlier article, CAC populations have created a new category of rarity: the appearance rarity, which is most akin to traditional condition rarity. A scan of the most recent CAC populations reveals a number of coins which are very surprising to me as appearance rarities. In […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 5: 1820 Capped Bust Quarters

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 5: 1820 Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #279 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. It is likely that the Pogue Collection contained the all-time greatest set of ‘Large Size’ Capped Bust quarters, 1815 to 1828. My preliminary belief is that these are superior […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Once Again Weakens over Dollar Strength

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Once Again Weakens over Dollar Strength

Commentary for Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed down $17.10 at $1187.20 on the COMEX today – saying good-bye to last Friday’s close of $1204.30 and throwing any short-term support at $1200.00 overboard. This latest weakness in gold is all about dollar […]

Legend Numismatics  – The Pogue Sale Market Report

Legend Numismatics – The Pogue Sale Market Report

First, we’d like to commend Stack’s and Sotheby’s on the wonderful job they did producing the sale. Everything from the catalog to the auctioneer was just superb! Since announced back in October, this sale has caused fear and actually froze the upper end of the market for some time. Now that the sale is over […]

Gainesville Coins Market Update: May 18-22, 2015

Gainesville Coins Market Update: May 18-22, 2015

By Gainesville Coins….   It was a largely flat week for equities as trading volumes dropped ahead of the holiday weekend in the U.S. Large investors seem to be staying on the sidelines in the stock market, while the bond market remains uncertain after last week’s sell-off. The precious metals gave back much of last […]

 
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