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Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you invest in paper assets like stocks, bonds, CDs, and currencies and earn income or a profit from them, the Internal Revenue Service wants a cut for the federal government.  Many states and municipalities also want a piece of the proceeds. It doesn’t matter […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Yankee Go Home! – May 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Yankee Go Home! – May 2012

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, As many of you already know, my name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior.  In this month’s ‘Road Warrior’ I want to tell you a story about my first week in Texas. This IS a coin related story, but the story is a little long so […]

TNA Coin Market Report 2012

TNA Coin Market Report 2012

Mac Beavers, David Pike, Steven Ellsworth, Stephen Goldsmith, Gary Andrews, and Malcolm Self. Interviewer: David Lisot A lot of trading takes place at a coin convention. Find out what areas of the market were active at the Texas Numismatic Association Coin and Currency Convention. Coinweek spoke to dealers from all over the country to get […]

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Friday, Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) hit the market.  Early Tuesday morning this week, it already looks like another Wall Street snafu. In the run up to the IPO, the stock had been expected to be priced in the $28 to $35 range.  […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The issue of Greece’s possible exit from the euro and its impact on the European and world economies is weighing heavily on the minds of political leaders and financial experts. As the prospects for that event loom ever larger, markets are in greater turmoil than probably at any time since […]

What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set?

What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set?

By Stewart Huckaby – Re-posted with Permission by Heritage Auctions About a year ago, I wrote an article in this space about Type Sets, and some of the considerations involved in putting them together. At a recent coin club meeting, I decided to talk a bit about some of the topics I had covered in […]

Is The Huge JPMorgan Chase “Derivatives” Loss The Opening Of The Floodgates?

Is The Huge JPMorgan Chase “Derivatives” Loss The Opening Of The Floodgates?

Last Thursday, after US markets had closed, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed that the bank had absorbed losses in excess of $2 billion from derivatives trading.  Dimon blamed the losses on the failure of the bank’s systems to prevent trading activities which could result in losses of that magnitude. On Monday, the bank’s chief […]

THE ANA MID WINTER DENVER SHOW

THE ANA MID WINTER DENVER SHOW

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics First, we’d like to apologize for the tweet we sent out when we got the show about the show being DOA. It really was the thin air that got us woozy. THE SHOW WAS NOT DOA. It did have a light pulse. While lightly attended by the public and […]

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, The U.S. Rare Coin Market is vibrant and active.  Collectors, dealers, and investors continue to buy rare coins, bullion, and numismatic collectibles with enthusiasm.  We are constantly amazed at how actively our customers are searching for coins!  Yet, while we are experiencing strong demand on both our website and in our […]

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the weekend, France and Greece held national elections.  While the media has almost totally ignored the Greek elections, a lot of focus has been put on the election of Francois Hollande as France’s new president.  Hollande, the candidate of the Socialist Party, defeated […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Some The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) 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 common sense precautions and general observations that […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

Former Central Banker Confirms US Government Gold Price Suppression Efforts

Former Central Banker Confirms US Government Gold Price Suppression Efforts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Sunday, a new study was released.  Titled “Dr. Zijlstra’s Final Settlement:  Gold as the Monetary Cosmos’ Sun,” it was written by Dutch economist Jaco Schipper who writes at www.MarketUpdate.nl. Jelle Zijlstra served as the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs from 1952 to 1959.  […]

Coin Analyst Special Report: Numismatic Community Divided Over New E-Bay Coin Selling Policies

Coin Analyst Special Report: Numismatic Community Divided Over New E-Bay Coin Selling Policies

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There is a consensus among coin collectors and numismatists that it is important that e-Bay have policies designed to protect buyers from overgraded, counterfeit and otherwise problematic coins. Sales of such coins have been an ongoing problem for years, especially on online auction platforms. But the new e-Bay policies announced […]

CSNS Dealers Discuss the State of the Coin Market

CSNS Dealers Discuss the State of the Coin Market

Kevin Foley, Mike Orlando, Kevin Lipton, Patrick Heller, Sergio Sanchez, Allen Rowe, Gregg Bingham, and Bonnie Sabel. Interviewer: David Lisot The Central States Numismatic Society Convention has been holding conventions for 73 years. Some of the dealers in attendance share their views of the coin market. They discuss what areas are hot and what areas […]

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com What do you do with my commentaries? I have been writing them since 1995, gaining a wider audience as time goes on. Do you merely read them for entertainment? If that’s enough for you, I accept that. Or possibly do you read them to […]

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com After 4 years of being traded on the open market, I think few collectors and dealers would argue the statement that CAC stickering has added considerable value and liquidity to many types of United States gold coinage. But are we now able to determine with a decent degree of accuracy […]

eBay Becoming More Involved in the Coin Market and Dealer Reaction

eBay Becoming More Involved in the Coin Market and Dealer Reaction

Gene Cook, eBay GM of Emerging Verticals, Brooke Segaran, Senior Manager of Collectibles Interviewer: David Lisot The coin business is receiving a lot of attention from the Internet auction platform eBay. The company has committed both resources and personnel to implementing new rules and procedures to increase consumer protection as well as establishing strategic relationships […]

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Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Change is Good

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Change is Good

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior I want to discuss a couple of ‘key’ developments in the business.  First, I am going to ‘revisit’ my market report from earlier this month titled “GIGO”.  Second, I am going to talk about the news from the Central States Coin Show last week […]

Numismatic Personality: Kevin Lipton Market Comments

Numismatic Personality: Kevin Lipton Market Comments

Kevin Lipton, Numismatic Market Maker Interviewer: David Lisot Kevin Lipton was a wunderkind in the coin market when he started out as ayoung boy more than four decades ago. Now he is a major market maker traveling around the country trading in great numismatic rarities. He talks about attending the Central States Convention, their new […]

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Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you ask the average politician, the financial problems of Europe have supposedly been cured. Oh yeah? If that is true, how come the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20 Group of Nations had to have more emergency meetings in the last few […]

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFRareCoins.com As coin market trends change and evolve, and prices rise over the long-term, buyers’ demands change and become more refined.  The current demand trend for high-end coins is a preference for problem-free coins and premium quality.  By problem-free, I don’t mean coins without scratches, spots, or other imperfections.  […]

A BABY STEP FOR THE PNG AND THE HOBBY!

A BABY STEP FOR THE PNG AND THE HOBBY!

Hot Topics by Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics FINALLY-A DEFINITION OF COIN DOCTORING HAS BEEN VOTED IN! The definition of coin doctoring FINALLY has been accepted by a major organization-The PNG. Next up, we need the ANA to accept it too. I personally did not think the PNG membership would vote to accept the definition. […]

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The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There has been some interesting discussion on this web site recently about the need for more accurate pricing information about U.S. coins. For example, Vic Bozarth recently wrote about the Coin Dealer Newsletter (CDN), commonly known as the Greysheet (www.greysheet.com), and said that its data is skewed by the inclusion of […]

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I have previously expressed concerns about owning precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) because of the possibility that some of the assets have multiple claims of ownership.  Now that we are past the deadline for filing taxes, precious metals ETF investors have learned the […]

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence.  So What?

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence. So What?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the past four weeks, the prices of gold and silver have experienced a major decline once each week.  Last week, the suppression occurred on Friday, April 13 during the last 15 minutes of COMEX trading, between 1:15 and 1:30. How is it possible […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #104 – Updated on April 25, 2012 Among the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Cent’ of 1792. The U.S. Mint did not begin striking coins until February or March 1793. Various […]

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

Laura Sperber – Hot Topics After a year or two of dodging the bullet, this week at CSNS the all mighty PNG will be voting to accept or reject a definition of coin doctoring. There is absolutely NO excuse to push it back, cancel, or delay the vote. The membership was given this information in […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

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