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Legend Numismatics Market Report: The 2013 ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The 2013 ANA Coin Show

by Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……… Even though collector traffic was a bit light, we did manage to have a blockbuster show! Its close too being our all time best. We quit counting our sales when we broke $2,000,000.00! Even buying wasn’t bad. We knew from the pre show it was not going to […]

By August 18, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

SILVER 101: Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin Design Turns 25

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Even though Canada beat the U.S. to the gold bullion game by introducing the gold Maple Leaf in 1979, the silver version didn’t become a reality until 1988. That was two years after the silver Eagle debuted in 1986. Once thought of strictly as a bullion piece, the silver Maple’s quarter-century run makes […]

By August 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report:  The Pre 2013 ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Pre 2013 ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. The ANA Coin Show it self has not even started and we are ready to go home! Yeah we are exhausted! Between the show it self and the Heritage Auction, we’ve been going non stop for four days already. The action has been more than positive! HERITAGE AUCTION […]

Mike Fuljenz Declares: “Stop Making Dollar Bills And Cents.”

Mike Fuljenz Declares: “Stop Making Dollar Bills And Cents.”

By Mike Fuljenz   – Universal Coin & Bullion ………… “The United States should stop producing one-dollar bills and one-cent coins,” declares award-winning rare coins and precious metals expert and author Mike Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas. He issued his money-saving message in advance of the World’s Fair of […]

By August 9, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

By Leo Frese, Independent Numismatic Consultant – LeoFreseCoins.com ……….. Recently an East Coast gentleman consigned his collection for me to market. Among his holdings was a Pattern that was quite “interesting”. My research and insights follow. Historically speaking, 1875 was not a banner year. Yes, the National Bowling Association was formed, and sadly, nearly 16,000 […]

By August 9, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……… While dealing in coins for more than forty years, I’ve observed that the most experienced and sophisticated collector/investors are drawn to collecting early American coins – the very first coins produced by our country.  These are the coins minted between 1793, the first year of regular issue United States […]

How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

By Tony Davis Investors are anxiously waiting on the edge of their seats to determine what the Federal Reserve’s plans are with respect to their $85 billion a month bond buying program, but the Fed provided very little guidance in their statement on Wednesday, only indicating that the economy is showing modest growth, which some investors construe as […]

By August 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collectors Use Metal Detectors to Grow Collections

Coin Collectors Use Metal Detectors to Grow Collections

by Michael Bernzweig …………. There are a lot of places to find new coins to add to your coin collection; antique shops, online auctions, and trading with fellow collectors are just a few.  In addition to these options, there are quite a few coin collectors that now utilize metal detectors in order to improve their […]

By August 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collector Demographics Affect Numismatic Supply And Demand

Coin Collector Demographics Affect Numismatic Supply And Demand

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Don’t look now, but the US and world population is getting older.  The average age of members of the American Numismatic Association (coin collectors) is over 50.  The shift will become even more dramatic as the greater number of people born during the Baby […]

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the possibility of starting […]

Coin Market Serious FUN – Orlando Sales Capture $10 Million

Coin Market Serious FUN – Orlando Sales Capture $10 Million

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report ……… The Coin Market is definitely at a divide – gold is still king. The seventh annual Summer FUN convention is in the books and this was a surprisingly well attended early summer classic. Most participants expressed delight in a resilient rare coin market and had a great show. Per FUN’s […]

By July 30, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. As a coin dealer that derives a good bit of our business from bullion coins, the last few months have been quite challenging, as gold and silver are down for the year approximately 24% and 38%, respectively.  While bullion coins tend to be fairly liquid, […]

Do Bullion Prices Matter Anymore?

Do Bullion Prices Matter Anymore?

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. For decades, bullion prices have had a profound impact on the prices of rare coins. I first witnessed this in 1979 when gold and silver prices exploded. Gold soared to around $850 per ounce and silver was briefly around $50 per ounce. Rare coin […]

CoinWeek Video Market Report from Summer FUN Coin Convention VIDEO: 2:33

CoinWeek Video Market Report from Summer FUN Coin Convention VIDEO: 2:33

Brian Cushing, Dick Osburn Rare Coin, Daniel Kedem, Gainesville Coin, Larry Lee, Coin and Bullion Reserve, Daniel Frank Sedwick, Treasure Coins Interviewer: David Lisot ………. Another video numismatic market report from the floor of the Florida United Numismatists coin convention. Dealers discuss bullion products, rare coins, early US silver and treasure items. Copyright © CoinWeek […]

By July 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Summer FUN Rare Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics Summer FUN Rare Coin Market Report

VACATION ANYONE-NOT! What a shocker it was when we blew into the summer FUN Show in Orlando late Thursday and all of our peers said the show was surprisingly good. We do believe its because we did NOT take a table. For the past 4 years we had lackluster sales. It figures. We did see […]

Summer FUN is a strategic opportunity; NGC Coins & Early Type Gets Boost

Summer FUN is a strategic opportunity; NGC Coins & Early Type Gets Boost

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report ……… “It’s A Buyer’s Market For Sure” – Strong Demand Targets $20 Libs & Saints The summer season is officially in full swing and after the Fourth of July holiday notable dealers and ardent collectors are once again looking forward to FUN in Orlando, Florida, that is. For many of the […]

SILVER 101 – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

SILVER 101 – 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 is a […]

By July 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As recently as a few years ago, if you asked me “should I buy very rare United States gold coins in low(er) grades” I would have resoundingly answered “no!”  But, as with so many things in life, perspectives change and my answer to this question has […]

No wonder high prices for collectibles – an abundance of  FIAT money…..?

No wonder high prices for collectibles – an abundance of FIAT money…..?

By Geoffrey Cope  –  www.petetioncrown.com A person wishes to save money. They put it in a bank and in return, receive almost no interest whatsoever. But still, the idea is that, by putting it in the bank, at least it will be safe. A bank is not a casino, ooops maybe it is? They are supposed to be […]

Trophy Coins: A Combination of Rarity, Quality and a Great Back Story

Trophy Coins: A Combination of Rarity, Quality and a Great Back Story

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Rarity will always be a factor in rare coins, but the combination of rarity, quality and a great story is what makes a wonderful trophy coin. Most traditional collectors choose a series and begin the process of forming a collection. My personal numismatic journey […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Inexpensive 20th Century Half Dollars for Beginners

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Inexpensive 20th Century Half Dollars for Beginners

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #174 ….. Last week’s topic was modestly priced Bust Half Dollars, which may be too expensive or too exotic for beginners. After someone has collected coins for a while, it is not unusual for he […]

Critical Steps That Need To Be Taken By The  ANA

Critical Steps That Need To Be Taken By The ANA

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………….. In light of all this monkey business, thefts, employee problems, etc the ANA has its self one nasty black eye. Further, the state of disrepair the ANA is in I see the deeping into a situation that may last for decades unless swift-even harsh changes are not imemdiately made. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins for less than $500 each, Part 4; Bust Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins for less than $500 each, Part 4; Bust Half Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #173 ….. This discussion of bust half dollars follows part 2: dimes and part 3: quarters. There are many collectors do not wish to spend more than $500 for any one coin, yet seek to […]

Long Beach Auctions Capture $25 Million – Glorious Branch Proof Morgan Powers To $528,750

Long Beach Auctions Capture $25 Million – Glorious Branch Proof Morgan Powers To $528,750

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report ……….. “I thought I knew what the stuff was worth but I guess I didn’t” – “Great coins are going far beyond what we’re bidding.” A flurry of excitement continues to surround the numismatic world. With the first week of June in the books, a trio of […]

By June 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… In the world of rare American gold coins there tends to be two distinct camps: date collectors and type collectors. I have traditionally been a date collector and tend to value scarce/rare issues as opposed to more common issues in higher grades. But I’m beginning to become more interested […]

SILVER 101/GO SOUTH OF THE BORDER

SILVER 101/GO SOUTH OF THE BORDER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………. Need something a bit different and artistic to satisfy your silver fix? Look no further than Mexico. Currently one of three nations with silver production of more than 100 million ounces annually, Mexico has a long history of silver coinage. Much of the money in circulation in America from […]

By June 18, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……….. O summer, you warmest of seasons! Now that the Fourth of July is just around the corner, it’s time for another round of Numismatic Housekeeping. In this edition, Hubert and I weigh in on the recent high profile sale of the 1971-S Reverse Nixon Proof, wrap up our […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #172 ….. This discussion of silver quarters follows part 1: copper and part 2: dimes. Different collectors have different budgets. The idea behind this series is that many collectors do not wish to spend more […]

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……….. Your kids might know more about numismatics than you think. People often talk about the importance of getting young people interested in coin collecting, but how do we do that? Some approaches seem effective – such as nurturing relationships with organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts […]

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach Show Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach Show Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………….. Sorry Long Beach Show owners, we do not go to coin shows to see Dennis Rodman signing autographs. It was a myth he was a collector-his agent was Dwight Manely (founder of Spectrum Numismatics) was the coin buyer. Having said that, we did meet Dennis long ago at […]

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