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Classic Proof Sets vs. Mint Sets: What’s The Better Investment?

Classic Proof Sets vs. Mint Sets: What’s The Better Investment?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   Proof sets and uncirculated mint sets from the 1950s and early ‘60s are perennially popular among coin collectors who enjoy mid-20th-century United States coinage. Proof sets and mint sets from the so-called “Golden Era” of numismatics are hot items, showcasing Lincoln wheat cents and the classic 90% silver dimes, […]

Silly Myths about Gold During Rising Interest Rates

Silly Myths about Gold During Rising Interest Rates

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange….   Fed Hikes; Silly Myths about Interest Rates & Gold Persist The Fed finally acted last week – upping its benchmark Federal Funds rate by 0.25%. Now that the speculation over whether the Fed will hike has been put to rest, analysts are busily speculating about what the […]

By December 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I left off last time I was discussing how the entire landscape of gold double eagle ($20) collecting was changed by first Franklin Roosevelt’s recall of gold coins in 1933 and by the examples that were eventually found […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Extreme Leverage in Gold Futures Market Nearing the Breaking Point

Extreme Leverage in Gold Futures Market Nearing the Breaking Point

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange….   The precious metals markets rallied strongly in recent days – action that came as a surprise to many. The gains last week snapped a six-week losing streak for gold, silver, and platinum. Prices rose despite a stronger-than-expected November jobs report raising the odds the Fed will hike […]

By December 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 2

Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr….. In Part 1 of this feature we spoke about public auctions. Now let’s turn our attention to mail bid sales and mail auctions. The mail bid dealer does not need to concern himself with the cost and procedure of procuring an auction license. The individual who conducts a public auction must […]

Money Metals Exchange: If You’re Out of the Room, You’re Out of the Deal

Money Metals Exchange: If You’re Out of the Room, You’re Out of the Deal

By David Smith – Money Metals Exchange…. There’s a saying in the resource sector investment community regarding whether or not a person might be privy to a good private placement or the inside scoop on a company that’s working on a lucrative gold or silver project. The saying goes: If you’re out of the room, […]

By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 1

Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   In our previous installments of Collecting 101 we discussed many ways of obtaining those needed coins. Now we come to yet another method, this one being my personal favorite. If you’ve never bid in a public auction or mail bid auction sale, you’re missing a treat. In […]

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

Unveiling the Contours of Indulgent Success: Growth and Return on Investment in the New Economy By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. What does a naked woman reclining on canvas have to do with asset growth and return on investment, and does she illustrate any correlation to the growth […]

Legend Market Report – Houston Show – Coin Markets – $5 Indian Gold Coins

Legend Market Report – Houston Show – Coin Markets – $5 Indian Gold Coins

 By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. THE HOUSTON SHOW This can be a very “hit or miss” type of coin show. We classify this show as a smaller state type of affair. It is very well run. There usually is a small group of “national level” dealers who do attend because its the only game in town […]

CoinWeek Podcast #4: CoinWeek: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the Cent – Audio: 6:12

CoinWeek Podcast #4: CoinWeek: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the Cent – Audio: 6:12

Former Director of the United States Mint Philip N. Diehl believes that the one cent coin has outlived its usefulness. The last time the one cent coin became too costly to make, the mint changed the coin’s composition, replacing copper with zinc. That was in 1982. A recent Mint study found that no change in […]

By December 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 Part 2 Here I continue my thoughts on rarities, and the factors that affect this important aspect of numismatics. As noted, true rarity cannot be caused by a collector through hoarding or manipulation, although sometimes temporary rarity can be achieved. During the early days of […]

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 2

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr…..   In our first installment about attending coin shows, we spoke about making an outline of the people and events we want to meet and see. This outline will be converted into a list. Here’s a typical checklist: Seminars I want to attend (list by date, time and location) Friends I […]

CoinWeek Podcast #3: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Pt. I

CoinWeek Podcast #3: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Pt. I

Modern Coin Wholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki shares with CoinWeek readers and listeners his take on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. The Morgan dollar was produced from 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921. The […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – All that Glitters is Generic Gold

Legend Numismatics Market Report – All that Glitters is Generic Gold

Generic US GOLD Coins By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. Very interesting what is happening with gold. It has come down nearly 10% in the past 30 days. We”re not quite sure where the bottom is. However, being the forever gold bugs we are, we are now even MORE bullish on all GOLD. In […]

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Why Do We Still Make Pennies?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Why Do We Still Make Pennies?

By CoinWeek….   Last Sunday, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured a segment on the elimination of the penny. Fans of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show should recognize John Oliver and his brand of erudite, pop cultural comedy if they don’t already watch the new show. What may surprise the numismatically-inclined is how […]

By November 24, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Money Metals Exchange: Trouble Is Brewing in the Paper Markets for Gold and Silver

Money Metals Exchange: Trouble Is Brewing in the Paper Markets for Gold and Silver

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange….   Precious metals bulls question why metals prices keep falling in the face of what appears to be strong demand and great fundamental reasons for prices to move higher instead. The bears have some answers of course. You can’t eat gold. It’s basically a pet rock, and modern […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – An Observation About The Top End Of Markets

Legend Numismatics Market Report – An Observation About The Top End Of Markets

  1895 50C PR68 Cameo PCGS. CAC By Legend Numismatics ………. Last week we briefly commented about how Sothebys and Christies rang up around $2 BILLION dollars in art sales in a week. Plus, a few big diamonds traded for tens of millions each, while rare high end cars kept up their frenzied climb. This […]

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com ……   A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money. In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 20, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Money Metals Exchange: Undeniable Truths about Precious Metals (Don’t Forget These…)

Money Metals Exchange: Undeniable Truths about Precious Metals (Don’t Forget These…)

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange….   From first to worst. Gold and silver were the best assets to own during the first decade of this century. During this second decade… not so much. Precious metals bulls have endured four years of prices drifting lower punctuated by periodic smash-downs and the occasional false-breakout. What […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Click Here for Part 1 In this article I continue my thoughts on rarity by stating that you cannot make a rarity and that trying to usually results in failure. Trying to manipulate supply and demand rarely ends well for those involved. This is especially true if […]

By November 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – The Concept of Value in the Acquisition of Coin Rarities

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Concept of Value in the Acquisition of Coin Rarities

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There is a misconception in the minds of many investors and collectors that they should be looking for a “deal.” I’d like to confront this ideology – a dangerous one – head on in order to help coin enthusiasts engage in […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The Baltimore Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The Baltimore Show

Congratulations to Mary Counts and here team for staging another wonderful Baltimore Show. Her team really does want feedback and they do care about the quality of the show. They did confirm to us attendance was more then last year-and we could see it. We were quite surprised at how our show turned out to […]

Eye Appeal Rules Current Rare Coin Market

Eye Appeal Rules Current Rare Coin Market

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   The market has become nearly obsessed with eye appeal and quality. The rare coin market evolves over time and many series come and go out of fashion. In the 1960s, BU Rolls and Proof Sets were all the rage. In the 1980s, generic gold coins dominated the […]

By November 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Money Metals Exchange: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

Money Metals Exchange: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange ….   Gold and silver spot prices lost ground to a strengthening U.S. dollar last week. The dollar enjoyed its best week in five months, as other major world currencies weakened. European central bankers are once again hinting at more stimulus, and the Chinese government cut interest rates […]

By November 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting – Historic Relevancy On A Budget – What Tier Coin Collector Are You?

Coin Collecting – Historic Relevancy On A Budget – What Tier Coin Collector Are You?

Collector types and their various opinions on the present market. By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. As fall gives way all too rapidly to the next season, I find myself reveling in the fact that our grand hobby has no particular time of year which supersedes another in the level of activity. However, I […]

By October 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   — The change in your pocket going “ching-a-ling-a-ling” — The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on eBay — A mint set still in its blister pack — That 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat cent in a 2” x 2” flip at the coin shop, with […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. New Hobbyists Entering The Fold; The Collectors Favorite—CC Morgan Dollars—Surging Ahead; Toned Morgans Hot. It is a cool rainy day here in New England. Although cloudy, gray skies prevail above, the ground below is saturated with the bright colored leaves that are synonymous with New England this time […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The 7 Biggest Lies Told (and Believed) about Gold

The 7 Biggest Lies Told (and Believed) about Gold

By Guy Christopher – Money Metals Exchange….   It’s hard to say which lie about gold is the biggest whopper. Many widely held beliefs about gold are lies – propaganda hammered home to have us believe the only true measure of wealth is government-issued debt. Big Lie #1: Gold is a barbarous relic Repeated for […]

By October 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Specter of Coin Doctoring and The Survival of Great Coins

The Specter of Coin Doctoring and The Survival of Great Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #301 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. Last week, the 300th installment of this series was published. I have been having a wonderful time viewing, analyzing and writing about terrific coins, many of which I […]

By October 22, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Gold Shows Strength as Debt Ceiling Showdown Approaches

Gold Shows Strength as Debt Ceiling Showdown Approaches

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange….   Gold and silver markets enter this week on improved technical footing. The precious metals each rallied above resistance levels last week as disappointing economic data stimulated safe-haven buying. Silver cleared the $16.00 level, while gold poked above its 200-day moving average for the first time in five […]

By October 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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