Opinion

Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com With more than $75 million dollars in rare coins having sold at the pre-ANA and ANA auctions, it is inevitable that some amazing individual pieces might have been lost in the shuffle. One coin that hasn’t received much publicity is the 1875 eagle in the Stack’s-Bowers sale (lot 7732 and […]

By August 24, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics SURPRISE! Not! It was exactly as we expected-looking like a morgue. You really can not have a show with 80 tables sold placed within a show where there are 500 tables. It is not an inviting atmosphere. Plus, Comic Con was in the Hall next door-almost 100,000 comic fans […]

The ANA-You Gotta Go!

The ANA-You Gotta Go!

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, I am excited about the upcoming American Numismatic Association Show in Chicago. Although the January Florida United Numismatists Show is larger, the ANA World’s Fair of Money is ‘THE SHOW’ of the year. I attended my first ANA Show in St. Louis in 1979. One of my closest friends Bill Shamhart, […]

By August 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #63 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 20th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the jury reached a verdict in the ten day trial regarding the title of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The coin collecting community was horrified […]

You Responsible Enough to Own Gold and Silver?

You Responsible Enough to Own Gold and Silver?

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Coin Service The decision to own gold or silver usually involves more than making a decision to diversify an investment portfolio or to choose assets with a long-term positive track record. For a lot of people, the choice to own gold or silver signifies taking responsibility for one’s financial […]

Commentary & Opinion: Numismatic Dealers – How Many Are Really Professionals?

Commentary & Opinion: Numismatic Dealers – How Many Are Really Professionals?

The following commentary was submitted by Martin Kaplan. Martin  has been a collector for over 50 years, and his current interests are world coins, world banknotes and ancient coins.   The word “professional” carries with it the connotation of “expert”, i.e., having “expertise” in one’s chosen field. Professions where there is a fiduciary responsibility to […]

By July 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan with which to begin building your investment […]

The Two Types of Coin Collectors

The Two Types of Coin Collectors

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my day-to-day dealings with collectors, I note at least two distinct typologies. First, there is the collector who has either been buying coins since he was a child, or who was a collector as a kid and has since rekindled his early romance with numismatics. And then there is […]

Upward Pressure on Prices for High-End Rare Coins is Building

Upward Pressure on Prices for High-End Rare Coins is Building

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The rare coin market has been building strength since the immediate shock wore off from the financial meltdown that occurred during the fall of 2008. But this took a year to get started. Buyers, in general, finally began feeling comfortable spending money on rare coins during the fall […]

Paul Fraser’s Top Five…Spectacular and Unique Rare Coin Sales

Paul Fraser’s Top Five…Spectacular and Unique Rare Coin Sales

By Paul Fraser Collectibles If you ever have only one penny to your name, make sure it is one of these fantastic coins… How many coins do you need to have to be wealthy? The answer is, not as many as you’d think. Rare, unique and valuable coins are more collectible now than ever, and […]

Are coins undervalued as an asset class?

Are coins undervalued as an asset class?

By Steve Roach – SteveRoachOnline.com First published in the May 16, 2011, issue of Coin World In early June, several coin dealers wrote blogs that compared the coin market to the art market — a topic that seems to come up every few years. To be sure, the overall coin market is small compared with […]

Where have all the good coins gone?

Where have all the good coins gone?

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Market Report Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, I am writing this morning from the Long Beach Coin Show. It is June 2nd and dealer set-up was yesterday afternoon and evening. Where have all the good coins gone? I’m not trying to be melodramatic. The fact of the matter is that […]

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments I just finished with the June 2011 copy of The Numismatist, which is the 120th Anniversary Convention Issue, and contains all the important information about the upcoming ANA World’s Fair of Money held August 16-20th of 2011 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. There is […]

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As much as coin dealers–myself included–try to compare the coin market to the art market, the more you look at coins, the more you realize how insignificant this market (currently) is when compared to art. Will the coin market ever “catch up” to the art market and is it fair […]

Hyperinflation, Gold Confiscation or Gold Standard Coming Soon? ….Maybe

Hyperinflation, Gold Confiscation or Gold Standard Coming Soon? ….Maybe

“Hyperinflation is a certainty,” warns veteran precious metals and rare coin expert Barry Stuppler, of Stuppler & Company (www.Stuppler.com) in Woodland Hills, California. He is President of the California Coin & Bullion Merchants Association, a co-founder and current Board Member of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, a Board Member of the Professional Numismatists Guild […]

A 30-Year Evolution of the Coin Market, and a Look Forward

A 30-Year Evolution of the Coin Market, and a Look Forward

By John Feigenbaum – David Lawrence Rare Coins : In March of this year I will turn 42 years old and it occurs to me that 2011 marks my 21st year as a full-time coin dealer. So, exactly half of my life has been devoted to professional numismatics, though I have been attending and setting […]

Rare Coin Auctions, EBay, and the Games People Play, Part Two

Rare Coin Auctions, EBay, and the Games People Play, Part Two

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Click here to read Part One Rare Coin Auctions allow millions of individuals the ability to buy quality coins from the comfort and anonymity of their homes. There are literally millions of coins auctioned each year. While the coins being auctioned are numerous the ‘bargains’ are few and far […]

Coin Market: Are Generic US Silver Coins in a Bubble?

Coin Market: Are Generic US Silver Coins in a Bubble?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Nunmismatics Silver in a Bubble? If you are a gold bug or someone who believes silver will go well beyond $50.00-do NOT pay attention to this message. This message is solely the opinion of Legend Numismatics and other dealers may not agree. Since we are handling the massive 50,000+ coin […]

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Blog During the period from July 2004 through August 2007 the numismatic community, by way of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG), the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) and the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), submitted eighteen requests for information to the U.S. State Department (DOS). These were formal […]

Will The PNG Hurt The ANA Show?

Will The PNG Hurt The ANA Show?

The PNG is still in my sights because they claim to be the leading dealer organization with high morals that does nothing for anyone but themselves. They tend to act like anyone not in the club is pond scum. This enrages me to no end since I certainly do not need them and know plenty […]

Silver Markets: More JPMorgan Chase Shenanigans?

Silver Markets: More JPMorgan Chase Shenanigans?

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service At the beginning of 2011, I made a short term forecast that the price of silver would at least reach $38 by the end of March and that gold would reach $1,600. During intraday trading on March 24, the price of silver on the COMEX reached as […]

The Collapse Of The US Dollar

The Collapse Of The US Dollar

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Outlook Newsletter People have a psychological aversion to thinking about matters outside their experience, especially if the subject would mean something negative for the future.I’m like most people, where I have a tendency to talk around the fringes of a scary scenario, but don’t really want to dwell on […]

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my last blog, I discussed ways how the internet has impacted the concept of eye appeal when it comes to coins. Continuing this internet-related theme, I’d like to focus on how the web has impacted rare coin auctions. The impact of the internet on coin auctions in the past […]

By March 31, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Rare Coin Market Report by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCMR I am going to talk about rare coin auctions and the ‘games’ some individuals play to manipulate the system. This is a two part series in which I will discuss auction venues where rare coins can be purchased. In next month’s […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana When Christine and I talked about the ANA’s spring show in Sacramento, we didn’t really expect much. I knew that there would be a large group of east coast dealers who wouldn’t attend, and I figured that many retail customers wouldn’t go the extra mile to get to a […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Coin Show Reports by Viv Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, My name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior. My wife Sherri and I attend forty coin shows a year to buy scarce and interesting coins for our customers. I have always been a coin show guy and […]

Coin Doctoring – What Has Changed?

Coin Doctoring – What Has Changed?

Hot Topics by Laura Sperber I have not written a HOT TOPICS in a while because I an burnt out from fighting about coin doctoring. At least there has been small postive steps happen. The good thing is we do have a lot of collectors more aware and many are talking and learning more. The […]

By March 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments It would be a great deal more fun to consider what R.W. Julian has to say about Gobrecht dollars but at this point in time the consideration in front of us is the rather murky numismatic subject called coin doctoring. I have talked with both David Hall of the […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

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