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The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: What to Expect from the 2013 Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I did last year , I am providing CoinWeek readers with what I see as the main broad trends we can expect to see in the coin market and numismatics in the coming year. There is always a degree of hazard in making predictions or forecasting trends, and […]

By December 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Happy Holidays,  and How I got my start in this hobby

Happy Holidays, and How I got my start in this hobby

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Numismatists are a hardy lot. Once we have found a series or type of coin that we enjoy the hunt begins to either build a set, series or locate a nicely matched collection or accumulation. Winter and the holiday season are upon us and it’s time […]

By December 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
PCGS’ Members Only Las Vegas Show Report

PCGS’ Members Only Las Vegas Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. The last major coin show of the year was held this past week in Las Vegas at the beautiful Cosmopolitan Hotel. Put on by PCGS, the Members Only Shows are attended by a small but dedicated group of dealers and collectors alike. Most serious collectors are starting to […]

How I Blew My Free Appraisal

How I Blew My Free Appraisal

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the oddest things about being a coin dealer are the almost daily phone calls I get from people who demand free information. Typically, these calls are from non-collectors who have found my name on the internet and have chosen me to help them determine […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The end of the Mayan Long Count is upon us. So you know what that means… Time for another round of numismatic housekeeping! We like to revisit our work from time to time and keep it up to date with new information. And making connections between […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As we come to the end of the calendar year, it is good to do an overall synopsis of what the US government will unleash on the American people in the coming year. No matter the temporary wrangling in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” the […]

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 →
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