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Rare Coin Road Warrior – Some thoughts on Mentors

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Some thoughts on Mentors

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast: 2012 has come and gone and we start 2013 with a ‘clean slate’ and hope for a prosperous New Year.  One of the neatest aspects about a New Year rolling around is the ‘do over’ or  ‘fresh start’ feeling that many people, myself included, get with the change on the calendar.  […]

By January 7, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Despite Strong Track Record, Gold And Silver Are Not “Investments”

Despite Strong Track Record, Gold And Silver Are Not “Investments”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Many people consider the ownership of precious metals to be an investment.  They are not.  Still, compared to many investments, gold and silver have outstanding track records for the past thirteen years. In my mind, the major purpose of owning physical gold and silver […]

The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I did last year , I am providing CoinWeek readers with what I see as the main broad trends we can expect to see in the coin market and numismatics in the coming year. There is always a degree of hazard in making predictions or forecasting trends, and […]

By December 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Happy Holidays,  and How I got my start in this hobby

Happy Holidays, and How I got my start in this hobby

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Numismatists are a hardy lot. Once we have found a series or type of coin that we enjoy the hunt begins to either build a set, series or locate a nicely matched collection or accumulation. Winter and the holiday season are upon us and it’s time […]

By December 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
How I Blew My Free Appraisal

How I Blew My Free Appraisal

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the oddest things about being a coin dealer are the almost daily phone calls I get from people who demand free information. Typically, these calls are from non-collectors who have found my name on the internet and have chosen me to help them determine […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The end of the Mayan Long Count is upon us. So you know what that means… Time for another round of numismatic housekeeping! We like to revisit our work from time to time and keep it up to date with new information. And making connections between […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As we come to the end of the calendar year, it is good to do an overall synopsis of what the US government will unleash on the American people in the coming year. No matter the temporary wrangling in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” the […]

More Statistical Evidence That The US Dollar Is Doomed

More Statistical Evidence That The US Dollar Is Doomed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com The magazine The Economist has just issued their annual economic review, this year titled The World in 2013. The issue does cover a number of social and political issues. Among the highlights are individual forecasts for economies of 79 of the larger nations. A commonly […]

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Trillion-Dollar coins? A provocative idea is currently being discussed in the mainstream press that you may not be familiar with. With the prospect of another fight in Washington over raising the federal debt limit coming up in February, right on the heels of the current fight over the fiscal […]

By December 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… For the second year in a row, I went to the incredible Art Basel show in Miami Beach. For those of you who are not familiar with this show, it has become quite possibly the leading art show in the world and it turns Miami into […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors and investors, especially those who purchase modern coins, love low mintages. And mints, foreign and domestic, are aware of that and use it as a marketing tool to drum up interest in their coins. Foreign mints in particular issue coins in small numbers to increase interest in […]

By November 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I have argued before, the U.S. Mint can learn from other countries’ mints. That does mean we should emulate all their practices, and I am well aware of the differences in the laws that our Mint has to follow, which tend to be more restrictive than those in […]

By November 25, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Dear Fellow Numismatists, I really love playing with coins.  I love the search for dates, varieties, undervalued series and issues, great color coins, and all those coins that just have “THE LOOK”.  Although I don’t particularly enjoy the business side of rare coins, I am actively involved in the market which means I get plenty […]

By November 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

by Al Doyle When it comes to being iconic in numismatic circles, nothing can top A Guide Book to United States Coins, universally known as the Red Book. This brightly colored source of information is often the first coin book bought by collectors, and hobby veterans are known to have decades worth of annual issues […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… When I’m at shows or talking to collectors and dealers over the phone, I hear a common refrain: nice coins are very hard to find. This appears to be the case in nearly all strongly collected series, be it Indian Cents, Civil War era gold or […]

By October 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Do We Grow The ‘Numismatic’ Hobby?

How Do We Grow The ‘Numismatic’ Hobby?

By Jeff Garrett  with Permission from NGC ……. The story of numismatics is compelling and we all need to do a better job spreading the word. During the just completed convention in Dallas the ANA Board of Governors conducted a weekend strategic planning meeting. Many topics were discussed on how to make the ANA better […]

Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

by Jeff Garrett  with Permission from NGC ……… Despite all of these headwinds, most coin shows are generally in good health. As a member of the board of governors for the American Numismatic Association, one of the prime responsibilities is to make decisions about ANA conventions. That is no small task given the size and […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Late October 2012   Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Grading is everything in rare coins.  One of the old sayings in our business is that a coin’s grade goes up a ‘point’ once YOU buy a coin or own it.  Prior to third party grading services, this was the norm vs. the exception.  In fact, unscrupulous […]

By October 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. YouTube, that veritable cornucopia of pirated television shows, videos for every album track ever, and annoying oranges, continues to surprise us with the sheer depth of topics with which someone with a few too many free moments on his or her hands can indulge the rest […]

Political Campaign Lies And Manipulation Of Gold And Silver Prices

Political Campaign Lies And Manipulation Of Gold And Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com According to the US Census Bureau as of 9 AM Eastern on October 2, 2012, the estimated population of the US was 314,544,755.  As of January 1, 2009, the Census Bureau estimated that the US population was 305,529,237.  So, since Barack Obama became president on […]

Why The US Dollar Will Not Soon Lose Its Status As The World Reserve Currency

Why The US Dollar Will Not Soon Lose Its Status As The World Reserve Currency

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I have written extensively about the different means by which the US dollar is declining in use for international transactions. It wasn’t that long ago that the dollar was the monetary unit used in over 80% of all international commerce. Today that percentage is down […]

By September 27, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com …… Through clever marketing by auction companies and prominent media coverage of all major auction sales, many sellers of rare coins have been “conditioned” to believe that auctions are the only venues available to sell their rare coins. Major auction companies do a great job of promoting their […]

By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
What If Only 3% of Adults Wanted To Purchase Physical Gold And Silver?

What If Only 3% of Adults Wanted To Purchase Physical Gold And Silver?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com The general public probably attributes the recent strength in gold and silver prices to a huge surge in demand from a wide swath of the population. That perception is completely false. Bron Suchecki of Australia’s Perth Mint was recently interviewed by the Financial Survival Network. […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary curiosity that […]

By September 17, 2012 11 Comments Read More →
The More Gold And Silver Prices Are Suppressed, The Higher They Will Rebound

The More Gold And Silver Prices Are Suppressed, The Higher They Will Rebound

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As I explained in my last column, the German Constitutional Court on Wednesday concurred with the legality of the European Central Bank’s plan to engage in quantitative easing of the Euro. The reason I expected this result was that the ECB’s governing documents had a […]

By September 13, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Gold and silver prices have been strong since the end of July, with gold up more than 7% and silver up 17% since then.  The next two shocks to the precious metals markets will hit on Wednesday, September 12.  My expectation is that the impact […]

By September 12, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The MS70 Debate Revisited

The Coin Analyst: The MS70 Debate Revisited

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… One of the most hotly contested issues in the modern coin realm concerns third party certification and MS70 coins. A lot of people love slabbed coins, while many others hate them. But at the end of the day, two points matter above all. First, having your coins graded or […]

By September 10, 2012 10 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Republicans, or at least many of their political leaders, just can’t seem to get enough of the gold standard. Marsha Blackburn, a GOP representative from Tennessee, told the Financial Times recently that Republicans agree on the idea, and that the House recently passed a bill on it.  She believes it “is something we think needs […]

By September 6, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On July 31, Numismaster.com published my article where I passed along information that the investigation into the LIBOR interest rate manipulation scandal in Great Britain would soon expand. Further, I anticipated that this scandal would lead to other investigations that would possibly cover the […]

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