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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 →
Cool Coins! London Coin Fair 2012 February

Cool Coins! London Coin Fair 2012 February

Interviewer: David Lisot Steve Hill, Director, A.H. Baldwin & Sons, 1601 Elizabeth I silver crown, Stephen Lockett, Director, London Coins Ltd, Henry VIII gold sovereign, Pamela West, British Notes, 1914 one pound bank note, David Miller, David Miller Ltd, 287 AD Roman bronze of Emperor Carausius, Peter Thompson, P&D Medallions, 1689 bronze gilded Security of […]

By February 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Could Silver Short Sellers Cover Their Positions?

How Could Silver Short Sellers Cover Their Positions?

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In my previous column, I discussed how the COMEX Commercial traders in the silver market increased their net short position by more than 71 million ounces from January 17 through February 7.  Let me explain in more depth how the […]

Blatant Suppression Of Silver Prices

Blatant Suppression Of Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com One tactic used by the US government, its trading partners, and allies in its effort to hold down the price of gold is to also manipulate the price of silver. Most of the time, gold and silver prices move in […]

THE COIN MARKET VS THE ART MARKET

THE COIN MARKET VS THE ART MARKET

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report We know people think we are wrong for comparing the two. We are are NOT making a direct comparison. We’re just trying to show how cheap we perceive coins to be (especially vs art and other areas). Rare coins will NEVER have the history or appeal of […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Every year in February the most important international coin fair of the year is held in Berlin, Germany. It is known as the World Money Fair . This year’s event, held from February 3-5, drew over 15,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. Unlike coin shows that mainly include a […]

By February 9, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Long Beach Expo Coin and Precious Metals Report

Long Beach Expo Coin and Precious Metals Report

Interviewer: David Lisot Kathleen Duncan, Pinnacle Rarities, Ian Russell, Great Collections Coin Auctions, Christine Including Christine Karstedt, Stacks Bowers, Robert Harwell, Hancock & Harwell, Michael Brandow, Certified Coin Exchange, Michael Sherman, PCGS, Joel Rettew, Joel Rettew Rare Coin, Larry Shepherd, Harlan J. Berk, Ltd, Raul Seymour, Emerging Market Group, David Hunt, CT Group, Harry Miller, […]

By February 7, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics February Long Beach Market Report

Legend Numismatics February Long Beach Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner Ever jump into a pool head first to find there was no water? We just did by attending the Long Beach Show. No question it is time for the promoters to wake up and realize the market has changed and the show is a shell of […]

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they traded useful goods with the Native Americans who had lived here first.  The settlers traded […]

By February 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Rush To Buy Physical Gold And Silver Hasn’t Started Yet

Rush To Buy Physical Gold And Silver Hasn’t Started Yet

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Even though gold and silver prices are up significantly since the beginning of 2012, that doesn’t necessarily mean that this trend will continue.  Buyers and sellers modify their decisions as prices change. When you look at who is and who […]

The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting A January 18th special report on CNN prompts one to wonder, where in the world would the largest collection of export permits exist?  The report itself is not of course about export permits—that would hardly attract the producers of a major news medium.  It is a report about […]

By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
January 2012 Rare Coin Road Warrior – Follow the Money!

January 2012 Rare Coin Road Warrior – Follow the Money!

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior www.bozarthnumismatics.com This morning Sherri and I are on the West or the ‘left coast’. Over the years I have found lot of great coins in lots of unusual places, but the largest concentrations of the best coins are generally in biggest cities. The East Coast, especially the […]

By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin and Bullion Market Predictions for 2012

Coin and Bullion Market Predictions for 2012

CoinWeek Interviewer: David Lisot Including Dan Duncan, Pinnacle Rarities, Bob Green, Park Avenue Numismatics, William Shamhart, Numismatic Americana, Leo Frese, CT Group, Patrick A. Heller, Andrew Salzberg, Modern Coin Mart/John Maben, Kristen Oyster, Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Robert Higgins, Certified Assets Management International 2012 promises to be another exciting year for the numismatic industry […]

By January 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
NSDR Silver Dollar Year in Review 2012

NSDR Silver Dollar Year in Review 2012

Randy Campbell, Emcee Randy Campbell has been the host and master of ceremonies for the NSDR Awards Banquet for many years. As the banquet begins Randy gives a review of what has happened in the hobby during the past year and what may be coming in the next. Learn about the issues and concerns of […]

By January 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How to Buy Rare Coins on eBay

How to Buy Rare Coins on eBay

by Ross W. Bailey, From The E-Gobrecht – 2012 Volume 8, Issue 1 The Electronic Newsletter of the LIBERTY SEATED COLLECTORS CLUB This article distills the lessons gleaned from my ten years of experience as an active buyer and collector of rare coins on eBay. Over that period of time, I’ve made many mistakes, and […]

The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I can count on one hand the number of coin shows that, after close to three decades in the business, I still enjoy. The FUN show is one of them. It is well run, well-attended, and even when the market is just so-so, it tends to be […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com As an owner, or buyer or seller of rare coins, have you ever thought about how a professional coin appraisal can help you?  Normally, we think of coin appraisals as being used primarily for estate valuations after the death of a collector or rare coin investor, for insurance […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Many Experts Expect Precious Metals to Perform Well in 2012, But Prices Will Remain Very Volatile

The Coin Analyst: Many Experts Expect Precious Metals to Perform Well in 2012, But Prices Will Remain Very Volatile

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek.com One of the purposes of this column is to provide readers with coverage and analysis of the constantly evolving markets for precious metals because those dynamics play such a big role in today’s coin market. After a difficult fourth quarter of 2011 when metals declined sharply, prices have been rebounding […]

By January 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Price of Gold and the Effect on Rare Coins

Price of Gold and the Effect on Rare Coins

Interviewer: David Lisot Dan Duncan, Pinnacle Rarities, Bob Green, Park Avenue Numismatics, William Shamhart, Numismatic Americana, Leo Frese, CT Group, Patrick A. Heller, Andrew Salzberg, Modern Coin Mart/John Maben, Kristen Oyster, Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Robert Higgins, Certified Assets Management International The price of gold can be a roller coaster as it goes up […]

By January 12, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Why Has Gold Gone Down?

Why Has Gold Gone Down?

Patrick A. Heller Some people believe that gold will continue to climb in value with no end in sight. Yet at the end of 2011 gold dropped more than $200 from its highest value. Gold expert and writer Patrick Heller shares his perspective of why the price of gold has gone down and whether the […]

By January 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
FUN Coin Market Report

FUN Coin Market Report

Interviewer: David Lisot Including Dan Duncan, Pinnacle Rarities, Bob Green, Park Avenue Numismatics, William Shamhart, Numismatic Americana, Leo Frese, CT Group, Patrick A. Heller, Andrew Salzberg, Modern Coin Mart/John Maben, Kristen Oyster, Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, Robert Higgins, Certified Assets Management International. FUN is the first major coin convention of the year and sets […]

By January 10, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Market Report – January 2012

Rare Coin Market Report – January 2012

Happy New Year Coin Enthusiasts! 2011 is behind us and the FUN Show was held this last week in Orlando. For dealers, like us, the year actually revolves around our show travel schedule. The first week after the New Year Holiday is the Florida United Numismatists Show. This year we flew to Orlando on the […]

By January 10, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Rare U.S. Coins post $196 million total at Heritage Auctions in 2011

Rare U.S. Coins post $196 million total at Heritage Auctions in 2011

Heritage posts $806+ million 2011 total sales, its best year to date; World Coins posts $39.5 million total; Record totals realized in Comics, Jewelry, Music & Entertainment, Decorative Arts and more DALLAS, TX – U.S. Coins continued to be the backbone of Heritage Auctions in 2011, as the category registered an impressive $196 million auction […]

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner For most collectors, assembling a comlete set of Liberty Head eagles is a daunting task, to say the least. There are 184 different issues (including major varieties) struck from 1838 to 1907. While none of these individual coins is impossible to locate, many are rare to […]

By January 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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