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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 […]

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, 20152 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, 20150 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 […]

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, 20150 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What do Coin Auction Prices Represent?

What do Coin Auction Prices Represent?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. For better or worse, the current market has come to heavily rely on auction prices to determine the value of a wide range of coins. I am often asked: do auction prices represent wholesale or retail? A one word answer: both. The coin market is quite possibly […]

Don’t Be Fooled: A Stealth Bull Market in Gold and Silver Is Underway

Don’t Be Fooled: A Stealth Bull Market in Gold and Silver Is Underway

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange….   What gold and silver investors want to know above all is when the bull market will resume. In a very real sense, it already has. Futures market prices aside, evidence abounds that a raging bull market in physical precious metals is now underway. In the third quarter […]

Key Chart Shows Silver at Critical Crossroads

Key Chart Shows Silver at Critical Crossroads

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange….   Gold and silver markets enter the week with an opportunity to build on last Friday’s strong reversal. The metals had drifted lower through Thursday’s close, but they got a big boost Friday after the Labor Department released disappointing jobs numbers. Even though the official unemployment rate held […]

Beyond Plastic:  It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

Beyond Plastic: It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

U.S. Gold Coins – High-Grade No Motto New Orleans Eagles: An Analysis

U.S. Gold Coins – High-Grade No Motto New Orleans Eagles: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   Having just sold a glorious pair of high-grade No Motto New Orleans eagles, I thought it would be interesting to analyze the complete roster of coins known in MS64 and higher grades. All No Motto eagles are very rare in MS64 and higher grades. Even the […]

Citibank Calls for Helicopter Money Drops across Globe

Citibank Calls for Helicopter Money Drops across Globe

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange….   A quietly panicking Janet Yellen and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided the U.S. economy still isn’t ready for an interest rate hike last week and left the Fed funds rate at essentially zero – the same level to which the Fed’s credibility has now sunk. […]

By September 25, 20150 Comments Read More →
Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. We’re going to be brutally frank here. In our strong opinion, three issues have constrained the market recently: lack of coins, gradeflation, and changing of the old guard. Believe it or not, the lack of fresh, nice, rare coins has forced gradeflation back out into the open. We […]

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins- Part 2

Don’t Be Hasty When Selling Your Coins- Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. In our previous installment we covered the public auction and mail bid sales as venues for the sale of your coins. Next we come to the outright sale to a dealer or collector. One thing to consider is that you are not likely to find another collector who is willing to […]

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. 20th century type targeted by collectors; Indian Cents and Buffalo Nickels on the move; Wholesale trading brisk I really don’t know if some unknown nefarious force is tinkering with Mother Nature’s time machine—I can’t believe that as we go to press, we are ready to enjoy Labor Day […]

Room to Run:  Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

The Duckor Collection of Gold Dollars: A Post-Sale Analysis

The Duckor Collection of Gold Dollars: A Post-Sale Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner…..   I had a personal investment in the recent sale of Dr. Steven Duckor’s gold dollar collection at the Heritage 2014 Platinum Night auction session. Steve is a good personal friend of mine (and my wife Irma) so we wanted to be there to cheer him on. […]

Holders, Folders and Albums: A Collector’s Reference Guide

Holders, Folders and Albums: A Collector’s Reference Guide

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Many collectors do not even give it a thought. Yet every year, thousands of coins costing considerable sums are ruined due to improper storage methods. Elementary my dear Watson! My dealer would never sell me a coin in a holder which could effectively damage the coin over a period of time. […]

 
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