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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 →
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 →
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