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It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Hubert and I like to use our position as writers for Coin Week to advocate for everyday collectors. We believe that one way to grow the hobby is by focusing on areas that have traditionally been the purview of new collectors: modern coins and circulated classics. They’re easy […]

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Sell Precious Metal Coins at Face Value?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… For years collectors and buyers of modern precious metal coins issued by the U.S. Mint have been puzzled and a bit annoyed by the unusually low face values of such coins, both bullion and collectible. A one-ounce American gold eagle, for example, has a face value of only $50, but is currently worth […]

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around the  floor at a show, you may not notice this (many […]

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, in their recent “Open Letter to Wayne Homren ,” drew attention to wildly inflated predictions of future prices of classic U.S. commemoratives by Anthony Swiatek in his major reference book on the field, which was updated last year. I strongly agree that far too many coin dealers and other […]

It’s Crunch Time at the ANA. Consider Your Vote Wisely

It’s Crunch Time at the ANA. Consider Your Vote Wisely

Commentary by: Larry Shepherd ………….. It’s time to vote in another ANA election, and unlike the last election when the number of candidates was just large enough to fill the number of vacancies, this year’s large slate more resembles the field for the Kentucky Derby. That means we voters have a better opportunity to choose […]

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

by Adam Crum - Monaco Rare Coins …….. This past couple weeks  has caused gold bugs a great deal of concern. It’s the worst drop in percentage terms in 30 years. You have to go back to the 1983 drop during the Reagan era to find such a collapse in sentiment and price. Of course, in […]

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at the recent Central States coin show.  But you know something?  I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, […]

Legend Numismatics CSNS Market Report

Legend Numismatics CSNS Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. Even though our show was unexpectedly cut short on the most critical day (Thursday) due to illness, we had an all time record selling CSNS Show! This was completely unexpected. The 2013 CSNS Show was a monster for us (and for several of our peers as well). For […]

With Paper Gold Contracts Defaulting, Capital Controls Will Likely Be Here Before You Know It!

With Paper Gold Contracts Defaulting, Capital Controls Will Likely Be Here Before You Know It!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. One of the circulating rumors is that the reason for the major gold and silver price suppression over the past 11 days was to prevent a major default of London Bullion Market Association contracts.  Before you dismiss that idea as a joke, there could […]

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the course of the last two trading days, April 12 and 15, gold has suffered its worst decline in dollar and percentage terms since 1983, going from almost $1600 to about $1350 in the past week . A drop of 10% and $250 definitely gets the attention not […]

An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… *For those of you who don’t know, Wayne Homren is the editor of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s weekly  e-publication, the E-Sylum, which is always chock-full of fascinating information and reader commentary. Visit http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum/index.html for more information. First of all, thank you for the work you do […]

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. One of the most frequently asked questions that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, the […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The Travers Article That Wasn’t In November of last year, Scott Travers and House of Collectibles published the 20th edition of The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values.  We picked up a copy and thought we’d write a review, much like we did with John Mercanti […]

The Coin Analyst:  Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

The Coin Analyst: Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At first blush Texas might not seem to share much in common with Germany. But in addition to being the largest states in their respective unions, Texas, like Germany, now wants to take physical possession of its physical gold reserves stored outside the state. A few years back the […]

Are Funds Deposited In Your Bank Account Really Yours?

Are Funds Deposited In Your Bank Account Really Yours?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The implications of the twists and turns in the Cyprus bailout fiasco are reverberating worldwide.  One of the lessons that Americans should learn from this is that funds you deposit in your bank are only yours so long as the bank or the government […]

The Coin Analyst:  Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

The Coin Analyst: Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the weekend we learned that the EU was giving the small country of Cyprus, with an economy smaller than that of any U.S. state, a bailout of 10 billion euros, or 13 billion dollars. Then we found out that based on an initial plan by European authorities that holders […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Every so often you hear a story you just have to pass on to others.  Because the gentleman who told me this story is a good friend and values his anonymity, I am going to cite nothing more specific than the actual historical events that made this story what it is.  […]

Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… High Grade Saints & World Gold Targeted. Lower Gold Spot Has Rejuvenated Collectors – Rare Black NGC Slab Scheduled For Auction On St. Patty’s Day. March certainly came roaring in throughout the country. In fact, on three out of the four previous weekends we have had major snowstorms visit […]

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems:  Suppress The Price Of Gold!

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems: Suppress The Price Of Gold!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Over the next several weeks, the US government is facing a series of critical financial problems of its own making. Unless there is a last-minute agreement, this Friday the federal government will experience an automatic annual $85 billion reduction in spending increases called sequestration. […]

Why Hyperinflation is Coming and How to Survive It and Prosper

Why Hyperinflation is Coming and How to Survive It and Prosper

By Barry Stuppler, a CoinWeek Contributor ……. I have just completed a 40-page booklet with the same title, which I am proud to say was the completion of a 3-year research project. I believe it is the best study of Hyperinflation, Gold Standard and Gold confiscation that I have ever seen and it’s available to […]

By February 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At a typical coin show, I buy between 25 and 75 new coins. I like every coin  I buy and I always think think that they have something worthwhile about them; something that will find them a new home. The majority of the new purchases  I […]

By February 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
It’s Time to go All-in on Gold and Silver

It’s Time to go All-in on Gold and Silver

By Barry Stuppler Last week’s Gold and Silver trading was very educational and could be a pivotal point in the recent Gold downtrend. Let me explain, but first I need to share what a professional commodity trader (PCT) does for a living. He/she makes their living by trading commodities on a short term basis. Whether […]

By February 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Surge in China’s Imports Bodes Well for Gold Market, Dillon Gage Says

Surge in China’s Imports Bodes Well for Gold Market, Dillon Gage Says

The nation’s rising incomes and an expected gold ETF launch should be watched Addison, TX — Imports by mainland China from Hong Kong nearly doubled last year to a record level as incomes rose and investors gravitated to hard assets. As the nation’s appetite for gold grows, Chinese regulators may launch gold Exchange Traded Funds […]

Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Every year, I participate in the Rosen Report in which I (along with an impressive panel of fellow dealers) answer a series of timely and interesting questions which pertain to the rare coin market. This year’s version of the report was interesting and I think that you will find my answers to be informative. Please […]

By February 18, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
More Bad Economic News For The US Government

More Bad Economic News For The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The poor economic news is starting to come out in droves, but you wouldn’t know it if you only looked at the headlines of the US mainstream media. Buried in the stream of reports, the US Commerce Department last week revealed that the US […]

Laura Sperber Hot Topics: A NEW TWIST AND MY PLAN

Laura Sperber Hot Topics: A NEW TWIST AND MY PLAN

By Laura Sperber Hi all. Yes, I am back to attacking coin doctors and the dealers who enable them. Seems the docs have come up with a new twist about their deeds. Time for a wake up call to them! Its mindboggling to me how many coin doctors have come up to me in the […]

By February 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

Laura Sperber Hot Topics – Legend Numismatics ………. What a long and trying year it has been. I thought this might be the year finally where coin doctoring meets it match. NOT! These days I  see plenty of puttied coins still being made. What a shame. The year started out with great hopes of the […]

By February 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Stacks Bowers auctions made numismatic history last night by selling a PCGS SP66 1794 silver dollar for $10,106,875. This amount is by far an auction record for a single coin and it is very significant for many reasons. And it’s also time to fess up: I […]

By January 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …….. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How you […]

Is Germany Ready To Repatriate Its Gold Reserves?  What Gold Reserves?

Is Germany Ready To Repatriate Its Gold Reserves? What Gold Reserves?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. On January 14, the German publication Handelsblatt reported that Germany has become serious about repatriating significant amounts of its gold reserves held outside of the country, primarily at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  According to the Bundesbank, out of 109 million ounces […]

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