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The Coin Analyst: Is the Collectible Coin Market Coming Back?

The Coin Analyst: Is the Collectible Coin Market Coming Back?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek A weak economy has made it harder for collectors of average means to keep adding to their collections, and many better-off collectors who have been buying in the last couple years seem to have been mostly acquiring bullion or high-end rarities. As a result, the market for many collectible coins […]

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor In the third installment of this multi-part article, I’m going to delve into a series that has its share of issues that are not often seen with good eye appeal: three dollar gold. As a series, there are not many individual issues that are rare […]

Rare Coin Market Report – Garbage IN/Garbage OUT

Rare Coin Market Report – Garbage IN/Garbage OUT

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, With the great Baltimore Coin Spring Show just a couple of weeks behind us, I am curious as to what direction the U.S. Rare Coin market will go in April. Tax season is not kind to the coin business. Taxes have to be paid and that desirable coin might have to […]

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Some who read my columns object to my statements that a growing number of analysts, investment and hedge fund managers, precious metals commentators, and others in related financial markets have come to the conclusion that the gold and silver market prices are being suppressed […]

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

By Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist The prices that coins have sold for at auction contain very valuable market information. This information is used in a variety of ways. Increasingly, these values are used by buyers of coins who want to know how much like-kind coins have been bringing on the open market so […]

Canada To Cease Producing Cents.  Will US Mint Soon Follow?

Canada To Cease Producing Cents. Will US Mint Soon Follow?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 29, the Canadian government announced that it would permanently cease minting 1-cent coins by the end of April 2012.  The final shipment of these coins to banks will occur in the fall.  After that, the Canadian government will start calling in the […]

Will The March 28 Meeting In New Delhi Torpedo The US Dollar?

Will The March 28 Meeting In New Delhi Torpedo The US Dollar?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In recent years, when gold and silver prices were knocked down hard, this development was almost always followed by the occurrence or at least the disclosure of events that were horrible news for the US government, economy, or dollar. With the extreme blatant suppression […]

Understanding buyer’s fees: Coin auction premiums are increasing

Understanding buyer’s fees: Coin auction premiums are increasing

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the April 9 issue of Coin World Buyer’s fees are a fact of life when buying at auction. While a seller typically pays a fee to an auctioneer for including a coin in an auction, increasingly auction houses are raising buyer’s fees as a way to increase […]

The Spring Baltimore Show Market Report by Legend Numismatics

The Spring Baltimore Show Market Report by Legend Numismatics

Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Of course we have a complaint! Why can’t ALL the shows be like Baltimore? Yet again we lavish praise on the hardest working show manager (and his staff) in the biz: David Chrenshaw (and the Whitman people). This Baltimore show definitely ranked among the best! We told David a comment […]

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On February 29, shortly after the massive inflation of the money supply in Europe, the prices of gold and silver were subject to severe price suppression tactics. The best reports I have seen are that at least 225 million ounces of paper silver contracts […]

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson  – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist During the past several years coin auctions have been taking business away from coin shows and the rest of the trade.  Auctions have become the preferred way to sell collections for many, and much of the time they have worked out well for these sellers.  But while auctions […]

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 13, The Federal Reserve issued a statement in conjunction with its periodic meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.  The first sentence reads, “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately.” […]

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ‘For better or worse, Whitman’s A Guidebook of United States Coins is still the gold standard in printed price guides.  That does not mean its pricing scheme is the best or the most accurate, but more than any other publication, beginner and intermediate coin collectors (and a great majority of […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Beating the Bushes

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Beating the Bushes

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, This morning I am somewhere over the Rocky Mountains at 34,000 feet.  I have always loved seeing new things, meeting new people, and getting to reacquaint myself with old friends.  This week’s trip is strictly for buying.  I plan to visit several high end coin dealers over the next several days […]

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner For Legend, a week of no shows did not mean no business. We blew past  $1,000,000.00 in sales for the month on Tuesday. The way things are going looks like we won’t slow down for along time. We finally have some new and fresh coins in […]

CFTC Inaction Harms Farmers And Precious Metals Investors

CFTC Inaction Harms Farmers And Precious Metals Investors

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan. March 14 is Ag Day at the Capitol here in Lansing. In theory, it is a day when politicians learn more about the importance of agriculture to the state and national economy, so that they can make wise public policy. Agriculture is a commodity business as is […]

Coin Board News – Number 22 – Spring 2012

Coin Board News – Number 22 – Spring 2012

MARKET ACTIVITY This quarter just past was perhaps the most lively ever for coin board listings on eBay. A large number of boards, both common and scarce, were offered as either single pieces or multi-piece lots. Some of these failed to make their reserves, but the better ones that did sell brought prices at or […]

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Coinweek Content Partner If you are a collector of rare date gold, you have probably noticed that there are distinct patterns of availability. In other words, certain coins may go from very unavailable to available over the course of time due to a number of reasons. How available are certain […]

Rare Coin Market Report: The More Things Change – The More They Remain The Same

Rare Coin Market Report: The More Things Change – The More They Remain The Same

This morning Sherri and I are in Las Vegas for the PCGS Trade and Grade Invitational.  Yes, Vegas is cool, but for us it is mostly about the great little show that PCGS hosts here four or five times a year.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not a ‘stick in the mud’ when it […]

Legend Market Report – The PCGS March Invitational

Legend Market Report – The PCGS March Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE IS FROM LEGEND NUMISMATICS EXPERIENCES. OTHER DEALERS WILL HAVE DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SHOW AS THEY ARE NOT IN OUR MARKET (WHICH IS VERY HIGH END RARITIES). SMALLER CAN BE TREMENDOUS! Hard to believe, at the March PCGS Invitational Legend SOLD more […]

By March 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
A Top US Government Priority: Make People Afraid To Own Gold And Silver

A Top US Government Priority: Make People Afraid To Own Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As I have said many times, the number one reason to own some physical gold and silver is for insurance against declines in the value of paper assets such as currencies, stocks, and bonds. The price of gold is effectively a report card on […]

By March 8, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Congress frequently enacts legislation on coins that is misguided. One of the best recent examples is the provision in the legislation that created the First Spouse $10 gold coin series that specifically requires the issuance of a coin for Alice Paul, a suffragist and women’s rights leader, who […]

How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the recent Schuyler Rumsey coin auction, there were a number of coins that I would define as “really special.” After the sale was over, I thought about the prices they brought and was initially pretty stunned. Upon further reflection, I still think that these coins brought […]

By February 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report -The LittleJohn Gold Sale

Legend Market Report -The LittleJohn Gold Sale

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner It’s not do hard to believe but the recent (2/21) “secret” auction of the Littlejohn Collection brought out many collectors and dealers. Yet again, this sale proved how alive and well the marketplace is for good coins. This amazing comprehensive circ gold collection was clearly put […]

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In past commentaries, I have discussed many of the accounting and financial sleight-of-hand gimmicks used by the US government in order to paint a rosier picture of federal finances.  When doing so, I tried to give specific references and sources so that readers could […]

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

This is an open letter to the coin collecting and dealing community in response to a guest commentary by Richard Francis recently published by a major weekly coin publication entitled; “Firms’s acquisition of 2011 sets, while legal, is troubling” I am going to simply take the approach of answering allegations and presenting information one item […]

By February 22, 2012 35 Comments Read More →
Will Greek Sovereign Debt Default On March 23?

Will Greek Sovereign Debt Default On March 23?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com A standard prudent business practice is to plan for contingencies. Contingencies are future events that might come to pass, but will not necessarily occur. For instance, companies don’t expect physical disasters, but developing recovery plans for such events could pay off tremendously should such […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Our January was very busy although the show schedule was somewhat slow after the ‘dynamite’ Florida United Numismatists Show. We took a long buying trip out West during the third week of January and bought some great coins from several dealers who could not attend the FUN Show. We often follow […]

By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
London Coin Fair Market Report

London Coin Fair Market Report

Interviewer: David Lisot, Randy Weir, Randy Weir Numismatics, Steve Hill, A.H. Baldwin, Christopher Webb, Dix Noonan Webb, Stephen Lockett, London Coins, David Miller, David Miller Ltd. Each coin convention in London brings together dealers specializing in different collectibles areas. Hear from some of the coin traders at the show as they discuss the strength of […]

By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Determining which coins will be low mintage keys in their respective series is a significant part of the fun of collecting modern U.S. coins. As one year nears its end, astute collectors study sales figures and compare them with the final mintages for coins in the same series. It is […]

By February 20, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
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