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The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Prices Move Higher

The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program continues to perform well in the secondary market. Will this trend continue? By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Modern commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint frequently drop in price after initial interest in the coins fades.  When early prices for 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame coins sold and graded […]

Central States Auction Signals Strength in Rare Coin Market

Central States Auction Signals Strength in Rare Coin Market

Posted by Jim Bisognani  for NGC ……………. Rare Coin Market is strong as Heritage Sale Races To $47 Million – Territorial Gold A Powerhouse Birds are singing; the ground and trees are slowly becoming alive again. Ah, those seasonal changes are so much appreciated. Yet, for numismatists, the rites of spring wouldn’t be complete without the Central States […]

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. This is the third in a series of articles in which I give readers an insider’s view of how Washington, DC, works (and doesn’t work) from my perspective as director of the U.S. Mint.   The story of the Sacagawea […]

Gold & Silver: The Case For Separation Of Government And Money!

Gold & Silver: The Case For Separation Of Government And Money!

By Patrick Heller – Liberty Coin Service If you asked the average person on the street if government should be responsible for establishing monetary standards and the issuance of circulating money, I suspect that a very high percentage would agree. In my judgment, those who think that way would be wrong. The invention of money was […]

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 3:  19th Century One Dollar Gold Pieces

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 3: 19th Century One Dollar Gold Pieces

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #219 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……… United States One Dollar Gold coins were minted from 1849 to 1889. Early 20th century, commemoratives One Dollar Gold pieces are a different species; they were minted to […]

Q. David Bowers and Harvey Stack Talk About Changes in Coin Collecting. VIDEO: 3:21

Q. David Bowers and Harvey Stack Talk About Changes in Coin Collecting. VIDEO: 3:21

Q. David Bowers & Harvey Stack, Stack’s Bowers Interviewer: Charles Morgan, Content Manager, CoinWeek.com……….. Three legendary numismatists addressed the public at the recent Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo. CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan was there to ask questions of Q. David Bowers and Harvey Stack about the future of numismatics. Copyright © CoinWeek LLC. March, 2014 Whitman Expo […]

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The US Government Has Rigged Precious Metals Markets For 80 Years!

The US Government Has Rigged Precious Metals Markets For 80 Years!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com …….. By now, I suspect that many of you have heard about the 60 Minutes program two Sundays ago. It exposed the impact of high frequency trading at 1) increasing the profits of brokerage firms, and 2) resulting in individual investors selling their holdings for a […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

The Real Diehl: Gold as Wealth Insurance

The Real Diehl: Gold as Wealth Insurance

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. I described in my last article how gold’s core value proposition is as wealth insurance. In this article I’ll address why understanding gold as wealth insurance, rather than as just another investment alternative, is crucial to understanding why gold […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. March 27, when sales of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin series began, will be remembered as an exciting but for many collectors frustrating day when the U.S. Mint had its most successful commemorative coin launch in decades. In somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending on which source is […]

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

 Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #214 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The present topic is Choice (MS-63) to Gem Uncirculated (MS-65 or higher grade) commemorative one dollar gold pieces. These are only nine issues of such commemorative U.S. gold coins, which date […]

Morgan Dollar collector hot on the trail of CC coins; California Gold Hoard ignites further interest in numismatics.

Morgan Dollar collector hot on the trail of CC coins; California Gold Hoard ignites further interest in numismatics.

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report ……… Another month is upon us, and the promise of Spring is in our sites, yet it is a similar refrain on the coin calendar, as the hectic numismatic schedule seems to claim no particular season. February certainly was a triumph, and the end of the month sent a salvo around […]

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Unless you spent the last two weeks in deep space you have no doubt read about/discussed/dreamt about the fabulous Saddle Ridge gold coin hoard. Enough has already been written about the background of this hoard that I won’t repeat it here. (NBC News, BBC, CNN, Yahoo, etc.) […]

Can Auction Representation Help You Buy The Coins You Like At The Right Prices?

Can Auction Representation Help You Buy The Coins You Like At The Right Prices?

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. As nearly everyone who buys rare coins knows these days, a larger percentage of the market is conducted at auction. The auction market has exploded in recent years. Twenty years ago, the total amount of rare coins sold at auction in the […]

By February 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek  In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]

By February 25, 2014 18 Comments Read More →
Künker Berlin Rare Coin Auction Exceeds Expectations

Künker Berlin Rare Coin Auction Exceeds Expectations

The rare coin market in Europe, much like the American coin market, is experiencing strong sales in 2014. The Künker Berlin Rare Coin Auction, held at the Berlin Estrel Hotel of February 6, was filled to capacity, and for some standing-room-only with buyers eager to bid on the 335 lots offered in Künker’s Sale Catalog […]

By February 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Stack’s Bowers Galleries Americana Sale Realizes $6.6 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Americana Sale Realizes $6.6 Million

A multitude of U.S. and colonial coins, together with a large array of important tokens and medals, led the way as the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Americana Sale realized $6.6 million in total. Held February 5-6 in New York City, the sale highlighted a splendid 1796 15 Star half dollar in MS-63, formerly from the collections […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Merchants from mom and pop stores to national chains are fighting a losing battle with lower sales volume. Are there any exceptions to the general trend? Stock what people want, and they’ll beat a path to your door or web site. So what is hot in the current retail environment? Take a look […]

By February 16, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
In the Rare Coin Market, Quality is not Everything

In the Rare Coin Market, Quality is not Everything

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. There is plenty of demand for major rarities in any condition. For much of the last few years nearly everything you read about in numismatic market reporting is the insatiable demand for top quality material. Nearly every auction held has coins bringing record prices in […]

By February 14, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’m basically an old school coin dealer. I market coins all the time but am not really a “marketer” in the numismatic sense of the word—although I deal with firms which are marketers. These companies are always looking for angles and if there is one thing I am pretty cognizant […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
GreatCollections Sets Sales Record: $1.28 Million in 4 Hours

GreatCollections Sets Sales Record: $1.28 Million in 4 Hours

Paterson Collection with 100% sell-through; 1796 No Stars $2.5 Realizes $112,200. Buoyed by the sale of the Paterson Collection of U.S. Type Coins, which brought $665,599, GreatCollections set a new company record yesterday with total sales of $1,283,901. “The coin market is strong, as evidenced by the spirited bidding and final prices realized,” said Ian […]

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Obama’s MyRA Accounts—The Next Step Towards Government Seizure Of Precious Metals IRA Assets!

Obama’s MyRA Accounts—The Next Step Towards Government Seizure Of Precious Metals IRA Assets!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. During last week’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama announced plans to create new myRA retirement accounts.  The next day, he signed paperwork directing the Department of Treasury to create these government-backed accounts. MyRA accounts are available only to Americans who […]

The Rare Coin World of Old Favorites

The Rare Coin World of Old Favorites

By Richard Schwary (www.golddealer.com) ………… Not that long ago well-known coin dealer Ray Merena passed away and I began to think about how many old favorites are not with us anymore. Ray was buying and selling important coins in the 1970’s so we knew each other from the old days. And over the years we […]

Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ONE OF THE GREATEST SALES EVER! Legend and its principals have attended and bid in EVERY major auction since 1980. NEVER before had we seen a display of wealth and aggressive bidding like what we just experienced in the Missouri Cabinet of Half Cents. Only the famed […]

SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Ask an American numismatist to describe commemorative silver coinage, and one of two possibilities will emerge. Younger people are likely to mention the silver dollar “commems” that have been struck since 1983, while more experienced hobbyists will point to the commemorative half dollars of 1892 to 1954. Despite the difference in eras, both […]

By January 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 3: Quarters

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 3: Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by taking a look at the 20th century’s workhorse denomination, the quarter. If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check out parts one and two of our guide, which focus on cents, nickels […]

By January 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Finest Half Cent Collection in PCGS Set Registry Brings Million Dollar Prices

Finest Half Cent Collection in PCGS Set Registry Brings Million Dollar Prices

The January 26, 2014 auction of the “Missouri Cabinet Collection,” the current and all-time finest United States half-cent collection of its kind in the PCGS Set Registry®, once again demonstrated that superb-quality coins certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (http://www.PCGS.com) can bring superb-quality prices. The collection of 228 coins, with a combined face value $1.14, […]

By January 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I have written extensively about the Condition Census as it applies to United States gold coins: what it is, its origin and significance and specific examples of issues and a listing of the Condition Census. I recently had an interesting conversation with an advanced collector about his […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Making the Case for Collecting World Coins – Moving Beyond US Coinage

Making the Case for Collecting World Coins – Moving Beyond US Coinage

Guest Commentary by Martin Kaplan for CoinWeek …………. Greg Reynolds discussed the results of the recent Heritage NY International World Coin auction in an article dated January 8, 2014, “Gold Coins and Quality Rules in Heritage World Coin Auction“. In the article he mentioned the “value” that world coins may offer compared to US coins. […]

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