Opinion

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   I’ve been home about a week from my trip to Thailand where CoinWeek was invited to be a presenter at the XXIX World Mint Director’s Conference. I have to say that the Royal Thai Mint did a fantastic job hosting the event in the heart of Bangkok, a […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Philosophy for Rare Coin Investing

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company ……   One of the first symbolic, political, and critical economic actions to announce the independence of the newly-forming American Colonies was the coining of monies. Investors should embrace these historically significant symbols of the American story when investing in rare coins. […]

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Coin designers extraordinaire and the sixth and seventh Chief Engravers of the United States Mint, respectively. Two British transplants of the same generation–Barber from London, Morgan from Birmingham–whose careers brought them together creating American coins. Two men who rather famously did […]

Guest Commentary – Harvey Stack: Cents and Nonsense

Guest Commentary – Harvey Stack: Cents and Nonsense

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   The United States Mint has announced that they are considering stopping the issuance of cents, often called pennies, because of the cost to make them. Since that announcement, the cost of copper has dropped on the world metal markets and it led me to think that […]

World Precious Metals Market – Is Russia Planning a Gold Ruble?

World Precious Metals Market – Is Russia Planning a Gold Ruble?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……….   Over the past five to seven years, there has been a consistent flow of gold bars out of Western vaults in New York and London. The destination of this gold bullion has been the East—especially China, Russia, and Russia’s closest Eurasian allies. One question that the past […]

Gold and Metals Market Report – Gold Continues to Attract Attention

Gold and Metals Market Report – Gold Continues to Attract Attention

Commentary for Thursday, April 29, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $15.30 on the Comex today $1265.50 – a not unexpected rise after yesterday’s inaction by the FOMC but there are a few more factors to consider. Gold finished the day on an […]

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Andrew Jackson to be replaced on the $20 bill By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In May of 2015, the single-issue lobbying group Women On 20s presented President Barack Obama with a petition seeking to get Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew to redesign the $20 Federal Reserve note to replace the portrait of Andrew […]

Silver Coins –  Why Every American Should Own Silver

Silver Coins – Why Every American Should Own Silver

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Every American should own at least a little silver. No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that? If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea… It’s […]

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …….. [This article was originally published on CoinLink in 2011.]  There will not be a live event conducted by any of the leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins in the next couple of weeks. […]

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, […]

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

Coin Collecting Strategies – 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 a recent major 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, hotel and […]

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Dips on the Job Numbers

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Dips on the Job Numbers

Commentary for Friday, April 1, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $13.80 on the Comex today at $1220.20. This move is a bit on the curious side in that the market initially moved to the $1210.00 range and then recovered half of the […]

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of […]

Guest Commentary – Early Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Rolls Far Rarer than Believed

Guest Commentary – Early Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Rolls Far Rarer than Believed

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… There was a time when Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) rolls of coins were available in large quantities. Coins of every date and denomination, minted in the 1950s, ’40s and even the ’30s could be acquired with little or no difficulty. But that was 50 years ago. Today, the […]

World Coin Market – 2016 Demand for Quality British Coins Increasing

World Coin Market – 2016 Demand for Quality British Coins Increasing

Charles I (1625-49), Shilling, Tower Mint under Parliament. mint mark ‘eye’ both sides (1645). When you own this piece of ART you have distinguished owners before you: Dr.Carter, Fitch, Murdoch, Montagu, Webb, Shepherd – and that only takes you back to 1885! By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   Art & Eye Appeal The questions […]

How The Royal Mint  is Attempting to Redefine “Legal Tender” for Collector Coins

How The Royal Mint is Attempting to Redefine “Legal Tender” for Collector Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……   Royal Mint Refusal to Redeem Commemorative Coins at Face Value Calls Into Question Value of Modern Collector Issues from the UK The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom, one of the world’s leading mints and manufacturers of circulating and commemorative coins, has established a disturbing […]

Rare Coin Market Perks Up In The First Quarter of 2016

Rare Coin Market Perks Up In The First Quarter of 2016

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Rare coin market shows renewed signs of life. The recently concluded ANA National Money Show in Dallas, Texas, did not have stellar public attendance. In spite of this, most of the dealers participating had a wonderful show. The market for rare coins seems to have come to life […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Higher Over the Belgium Attacks….but….

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Higher Over the Belgium Attacks….but….

Commentary for Tuesday, March 23, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $4.40 at $1248.60 on the Comex today. The Belgium terror attacks created early safe-haven buying in gold bullion during the overnight Hong Kong market. The initial news pushed gold to $1260.00 but […]

Guest Commentary – What’s Happened to Coin Shows of Late?

Guest Commentary – What’s Happened to Coin Shows of Late?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   I recently went to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show that took place at the Dallas Convention Center over the March 4 weekend. I opted to attend as a non-dealer just to see what was really happening in the […]

Collecting Banknotes

Collecting Banknotes

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   The tree of numismatics has many branches. One of the most interesting is the field of paper money. Just as with coins, grading is perhaps the single most important ingredient of value when it comes to collecting paper money. And just as with coins, we have descriptive […]

CoinWeek Q&A with Laura Sperber

CoinWeek Q&A with Laura Sperber

Legend Numismatics president Laura Sperber is one of the coin industry’s leading dealers of high-end rare coins. She’s also one of the industry’s most outspoken figures in a range of topics, including coin doctoring, the state of the rare coin market, and the need for more transparency in the industry. In this exclusive CoinWeek interview, […]

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   Proof Barbers Power To Record Levels; Colorful Razor Sharp Coins Hot; Collector Coins Hot Property; Metal Markets Heat Up. The just-concluded ANA National Money Show in Dallas, Texas, was a fine opportunity for both collectors and dealers to meet, deal, trade and assess the present state […]

Guest Commentary – The Significance of the Dollar’s Double Top to the Gold Price

Guest Commentary – The Significance of the Dollar’s Double Top to the Gold Price

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   Double tops or double bottoms often indicate an important change in price trends. In the case of a double top, it shows a price level at which much selling is generated. Buyers, on the other hand, are exhausted, and cannot generate sufficient buying pressure to move […]

Modern US Coins – Where Have All the 50 State Quarters Gone?

Modern US Coins – Where Have All the 50 State Quarters Gone?

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Over the years the United States Mint has issued many commemorative coins. There are the “Classic” commemoratives that were struck between 1892 and 1954. There are the Bicentennial coins of 1776, featuring special reverse designs for the quarter, half dollar and dollar. And, starting in 1983, […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Most of Yesterday’s Gains

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Most of Yesterday’s Gains

Commentary for Friday, March 11, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $12.20 on the Comex today at $1258.70 so it’s having second thoughts about Mario Draghi’s European Central Bank (ECB) decision yesterday to push “negative” interest rates. Actually today’s loss represents further profit […]

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Whether you’re an old pro or just starting out, if you collect coins then you’ve thought about rarity. But what is it? What does it mean for a coin to be “rare”? Lots of people have a vague idea of what a rare coin is. They […]

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Grading practices are based on common sense aided by experience. In many instances the difference between two grades can be a significant amount of your hard-earned money. This is especially true comparing the prices of About Uncirculated and Uncirculated (Mint State) coins. Plainly stated, a coin is […]

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   SORT OF TYPICAL FOR A MID WINTER SHOW While the ANA works hard to put on a good show, these ANA Mid Winters are poorly attended and really should not exist. We do them because we are creatures of habit and are typical coin dealers afraid to […]

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   As reported recently in CoinWeek, a bill (H.R. 4592) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 23 that proposes issuing a set of three coins (half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold coin) in 2019 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall […]

US Coin Collecting  – Thoughts on Originality

US Coin Collecting – Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. […]

 
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