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Coin Pedigrees & Provenance: Branding Your Collection

Coin Pedigrees & Provenance: Branding Your Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There are a few contemporary coin collectors who have it “figured out.” In addition to buying great coins, they have branded themselves (sometimes accidentally) in ways which greatly benefit them when they sell. Examples of collectors who are well-branded include Steve Duckor, Dale Friend, Chuck […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #351 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the third in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 USD on any one piece. Although patterns are not coins, some did circulate as coins and patterns are often collected along […]

First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. […]

New 14-Year American Innovation Dollar Coin Program Proposed

New 14-Year American Innovation Dollar Coin Program Proposed

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On September 14, U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4) introduced the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 6025) into Congress. Similarly to the 50 States Quarters program, the bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in recognition of American innovation & significant […]

Market Whimsy: The Rational Collector

Market Whimsy: The Rational Collector

Imagine that you could have every coin you wanted. What could possibly go wrong? By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This article consists […]

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #349 The emphasis here is on PCGS- or NGC-certified, Proof-64 or -63 ‘No Rays’ Shield Nickels dating from 1867 to 1883, Choice Proofs. This is the 23rd installment in a series on classic U.S. coins that cost less than […]

The Coming Collector Coin Supernova and Its Ramifications for World Mints and the Numismatic Marketplace

The Coming Collector Coin Supernova and Its Ramifications for World Mints and the Numismatic Marketplace

An Editorial by Charles Morgan – Editor, CoinWeek.com …..   In July of last year, American publisher Krause Publications released the 10th edition of The Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Date. This book serves as the most comprehensive encyclopedia of all coins struck by or for each country in the world, tracking issues starting with […]

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANA NOT DIGESTED We all figured having a Long Beach Show only three weeks after the ANA Show in the same area would not have great results. As expected overall the show was slow. There also was a huge fresh gold deal in the Heritage Auction that […]

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Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   ON/OFF Last week in the office was very quiet. It’s like the light switch was flipped off. Only a handful of orders and inquiries came in. We think it was simply the end of summer doldrums. Typical for this time of year. Usually mid-September activity picks up […]

Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

The First American Cent – Bushnell-Parmelee-Jenks-Col. Green 1792 Birch Cent – Choice AU-58 (PCGS) A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #348 This week’s column is about those 1792 patterns that, in my estimation, are likely to be worth more than $1 million in the current […]

US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Five minute sellout now claiming five times issue price; silver looking to take home gold; “The thing is gorgeous” Many kids have already gone back to school and those that haven’t will be heading in mass for the classroom after Labor Day. Wow, the summer has […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   If you think this Hot Topics sounds like a broken record… yes, it does. I can never say these things enough! HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A COIN TO BE FRESH? This is where many collectors make big mistakes. A coin purchased in 2013 is NOT […]

Four Takeaways from Receiving the ANA Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

Four Takeaways from Receiving the ANA Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Littleton Coin Company president shares what he’s learned from winning the prestigious award Recently the American Numismatic Association (ANA) honored me with the 2016 Dealer of the Year Award. This prestigious award goes to a dealer who has shown exceptional dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and […]

Creation of Coins and Precious Metal Monetary System May Signal ISIS under Stress

Creation of Coins and Precious Metal Monetary System May Signal ISIS under Stress

UC Riverside political scientist suggests that introduction of coins fits historical pattern of troubled regimes turning to gold as “golden parachute” By University of California, Riverside …..   When ISIS announced in 2014 that it would create its own currency of gold, silver and copper coins, the terrorist organization said its intent was to free […]

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When My Saint Came Marching in: One Collector’s Pursuit & Tips on Buying Cheap Gold Coins

When My Saint Came Marching in: One Collector’s Pursuit & Tips on Buying Cheap Gold Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   I recently bought a circulated 1910 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin, and it only took 23 years. Big whoop? Perhaps not to deep-pocketed bullion investors or rare coin aficionados. But for me, it was a numismatic accomplishment I doubted I’d be able to achieve financially. An unusual […]

Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Innovative ideas – from architectural marvels to trendsetting bank notes – can occur in unlikely places By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. The […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that […]

The Future of Money: Banknotes and Coins

The Future of Money: Banknotes and Coins

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Throughout the modern era (roughly since gold and silver specie ceased to be used as circulating currency), coins and banknotes have been the fiat tokens we use to represent money. However, like the rest of our society, the financial system has undergone a rapid transformation in the […]

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics ……   Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of […]

English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

GREAT BRITAIN. Henry IV, 1399-1413. Noble A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #346 This discussion is about the English Gold Noble coins of Richard II (ruled 1377-99), Henry IV (r. 1399-1413) and Henry V (r. 1413-22). A month ago, the topic was the English Gold […]

Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Anaheim Auctions Stake Claim To Over $46 Million Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is history; this one a significant milestone as the ANA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This edition held in the Golden State, the first time since Los Angeles hosted the […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #345 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   It has already been explained, in Part 15 of a series about classic U.S. coins, that a set of regular issue, business strike Two Cent Pieces may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one […]

David Lawrence Rare Coins: ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rear View

David Lawrence Rare Coins: ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rear View

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins ……   Now that everyone has departed the Land of Disney and has had a moment to catch up from the past 10 days of numismatic fun, I wanted to look back on the experience with a somewhat clearer mind. I’ve read various reports about how […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION We’ll be blunt: Anaheim for sure was a VERY poor choice to hold a major coin show. California’s nexus on taxes kept dozens of dealers away. Also, many East Coast dealers decided NOT to attend. The hotels at BEST were POOR. Add all that together and we […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …….   As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are coin collecting strategies with some specific tips,  with […]

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Commentary for Friday, August 12, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $6.70 on the Comex today at US$1,335.80 – what a roller coaster ride this turned out to be. Gold moved dramatically higher in price on the open – at one time trading […]

Dancing with the Universe –  The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

Dancing with the Universe – The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting with the kind permission of John Hooker   I’m sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to replace the old […]

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments ……   “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this email so a general answer might help […]

 
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