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Rare Coin Road Warrior-Are We Having FUN Yet?

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Are We Having FUN Yet?

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast: Often times I can’t help but reflect on ALL the FUN I have had over the years playing with rare coins.  Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying.  Once you are in the business, it is not all fun and games.  Business is business and if you don’t make a profit […]

By December 19, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. Last week was the 56th showing of the Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money show of the Southwest. A Texas size shout out (thank you) goes to Carl Schwenker and all the members of GHCC that volunteered at the show. Their efforts make this venue a must attend event […]

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 →
Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

ANY GIVEN SHOW We’ve all heard the term “any given Sunday” referring to the fact any NFL team can win on any Sunday (not just the favorites). The Houston Show is the same way. We had ZERO expectations. Originally we only attended the show because United Airlines was flying their new 787 Dream-liner between Newark […]

Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. A lot has happened since I last sat down at my computer to do a show report. In a word: Sandy. I’d like to take this time to thank all of our customers, clients, and friends who inquired about how we weathered the storm. Everyday I see trucks […]

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 →
Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics As usual, David Chrenshaw, Lori Hamrick, and staff did an outstanding job (David was out kissing babies and shaking hands prior to set up)! The show was its usual well run problem free event. Our expectations were low due to Sandy and what we thought were uncertain times in […]

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 15, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the real pleasures to collecting Dahlonega gold coins is the variety of ways that the collector can pursue his avocation. Collecting these coins can range in levels of intensity from a mild flirtation to a complete obsession. As someone who has an abiding interest […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Five Aspects That Make Collections Great Or, How to Build the Next Great Collection

The Five Aspects That Make Collections Great Or, How to Build the Next Great Collection

By John Kraljevich – jkamericana.com A CoinWeek Content Partner …….. Among the perks of being an auction cataloguer is the ability to see great collection in situ, just as the collector formed them: complete, in their envelopes, in their natural state of order or disorder. Seeing three great collections side by side during my cataloguing […]

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 […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Eye Appeal is Everything (well almost)

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Eye Appeal is Everything (well almost)

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast……… Last week we visited Missouri for the Silver Dollar Show in St. Charles.  We took advantage of the proximity of the show to visit my hometown of Warrensburg, MO about an hour out of K.C.  My Mom and Stepdad Don live on their farm near Knob Noster, MO the home of […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
US & World Rare Coin Market Remains Extremely Competitive

US & World Rare Coin Market Remains Extremely Competitive

by Jim Bisognani – Reposted with Permission from NGC For the first time since a rather stormy reception in February 2010, it was actually raining during set up at the Long Beach Expo. Although it was unusually wet for Southern California, it did not deter the mission at hand. On opening day, there was considerable […]

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 →
Coin Board News – Number 24 – Fall 2012

Coin Board News – Number 24 – Fall 2012

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! TIME FLIES   Yes, it’s been five years since publication of my book Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide. This book changed board collecting forever, and our hobby’s profile has risen considerably as a result. What was once a very small group of individuals […]

By September 25, 2012 0 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 →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Are You A BELIEVER?

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Are You A BELIEVER?

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast….  Remember that Rod Stewart song-Maggie Mae?  The lyrics of the song go something like this, ‘it’s late September and I really should be back at school’. Strange as this might sound, the coin business is starting to get that back to school or work feel to it.  In just the last […]

By September 21, 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 →
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