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An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On July 31, Numismaster.com published my article where I passed along information that the investigation into the LIBOR interest rate manipulation scandal in Great Britain would soon expand. Further, I anticipated that this scandal would lead to other investigations that would possibly cover the […]

Newly Emphasized Gold And Silver Price Suppression Tactic Unleashed

Newly Emphasized Gold And Silver Price Suppression Tactic Unleashed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There are a wide variety of tactics whereby gold and silver prices could be suppressed. Perhaps the most frequently used method over the years has been for central banks to dump their physical gold reserves onto the market through the use of leases. By […]

Legend Numismatics 2012 ANA Show Report

Legend Numismatics 2012 ANA Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics A TRIBUTE Recently the dealer community lost two world class dealers-David Akers and Chuck Walanka. David Akers was our hero and idol. He was always willing to take the time and educate us. He just loved coins. Over the years he had built many of the finest collections-including the […]

Legend Numismatics – THE PRE ANA SHOW REPORT

Legend Numismatics – THE PRE ANA SHOW REPORT

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Normally we bash the PNG for everthing they do. This time, we can’t. Even though it is a show that should NOT exist (no matter who it is run by), the PNG/ANA PRE show wasn’t as horrible as it could be. There was a decent amount of dealers-and we […]

Potential CFTC Failure To Prosecute For Silver Market Manipulation—The Good And The Bad

Potential CFTC Failure To Prosecute For Silver Market Manipulation—The Good And The Bad

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the weekend, London’s Financial Times came out with a story claiming that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) four-year investigation into manipulation of the silver market would soon to be dropped without and findings of prosecutable actions. CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton then issued […]

Why Believe Politicians When They Keep Changing Their Story?

Why Believe Politicians When They Keep Changing Their Story?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There is an old story that the way to tell if a politician was lying was whether his or her mouth was open.  Unfortunately, much of what politicians say is rarely the whole truth.  Instead, the best that might be heard is only part […]

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The Royal Canadian Mint has always issued a wider range of collectible coins that perhaps any other world mint.  For some of the Olympic games, for example, it minted a vast array of coins, of which some numismatic writers have said no one could afford to assemble a complete set.  It […]

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Coin prices are impacted by a number of factors. The most obvious of these are supply and demand. Simply put, if a coin has a greater degree of demand than available supply, the price is going to be strong. But what are some of the not-as-obvious factors […]

We Don’t Need Inflation Of The Money Supply

We Don’t Need Inflation Of The Money Supply

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In an April 5 New York Times column titled “Not Enough Inflation,” economist Paul Krugman wrote, “a bit more inflation would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” Krugman’s proposal is completely wrong, as any first-year economics student should be able to explain. […]

KABOOM!…An Update About Last Weeks Article on Coin Doctors

KABOOM!…An Update About Last Weeks Article on Coin Doctors

HOT TOPICS By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LAST WEEKS HOT TOPICS I can say it definitely was well read. Unfortunately, it was not so well received by a small vocal group. Too bad! As far as I am concerned, the coin docs can rot away! Link to Article THE PNG First, my fave group-the […]

Coin Doctoring – WILL WE EVER WIN?

Coin Doctoring – WILL WE EVER WIN?

HOT TOPICS By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics HOW COULD IT GET SO BAD? Most likely when the coin was sent to the grading service the putty was freshly applied and blended in. At the time it would have been impossible for PCGS or any grading service to know the coin had been messed with. […]

Scary Stories And Financial Statistics Indicate Coming Weakness In Paper Assets, Strength In Gold And Silver

Scary Stories And Financial Statistics Indicate Coming Weakness In Paper Assets, Strength In Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There are some scary stories and financial statistics that are warning about developing weakness in paper assets and pointing to major strength in gold and silver markets in the near future. For instance, Bloomberg recently reported the latest recommendations of professional Wall Street strategists.  […]

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There was a tremendous amount of news last week that will have long lasting impact on the lives of Americans and people around the world.  Both major US Supreme Court decisions affecting illegal aliens and the 2010 health care law got tremendous press coverage […]

Paper Views – The Changing Face of the Numismatic Marketplace

Paper Views – The Changing Face of the Numismatic Marketplace

by Kevin Foley for CoinWeek …. When I first became active as a dealer in the late 1970’s, the overall structure of the numismatic marketplace in general and the customary ways collectable paper money typically was marketed were quite different than at present. Websites were unheard of. It was a rare individual who owned a […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Plus:  ‘Old Time’ Seated Liberty Dollar Collection to be offered at Baltimore In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior, I will report on activity at the biggest shows over the last month.  In addition to the current show news I want to briefly touch on the HUGE disparities we are experiencing in early collector material […]

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Through the long term incompetency of both Republican and Democrat politicians, the US government has backed itself into a financial corner from which there will be no miracle rescue to avoid a catastrophe.  The only uncertainty is how long the politicians will try to […]

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As more people come to realize that “quantitative easing” (which is the current disguise to avoid stating “inflation of the money supply”) is simply a tax increase on everybody, support for this tactic will decline. But this growing opposition to depreciating the value of […]

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

By William Shamhart – NumismaticAmericana.com…. We, that is, Christine and I, just returned from the second Long Beach show of the year and WOW what a few months make. Christine is busy getting our new purchases ready for your viewing pleasure, but until then it is my job to write this show report. As I […]

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts, I have a fairly good idea what separates the masters from the wanna-bes. Experience, obviously, is part of the equation; but some of the best collectors I have ever seen are fairly new […]

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Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics NO DOLDRUMS HERE! We still do not know what happened in May. No one wanted to do anything and there were so few coins around we started to think about other careers. For us, it was the PRE LB purchases of the Large Cents that got people excited and […]

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com An important market shift has occurred, as I expected, that now pits a growing number of foreign central banks against the plans of the US government. The US government, including its primary trading partners and a dwindling number of foreign allies, has a strong interest […]

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

By David lange – www.coincollectingboards.net MARKET ACTIVITY There’s not a lot to report with respect to internet offerings, which have been unremarkable this past quarter. I’ve been slowly selling coin boards through my eBay store Cagemast Coin Boards and Albums, but it is the albums which seem to attract more buyers. Most of the boards […]

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

June 2012 Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, What most NON Collectors don’t realize is how big a ‘thrill’ we Numismatists and collectors (in general) get out of the hunt or quest for that hard to find item.  Whatever you want to call ‘it’, the ‘thrill of the hunt’ is a very big part of what make […]

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I’ve been warning you for well over a year that the US was not experiencing an economic recovery and that Europe was a basket case waiting to implode. Suddenly it seems like all the governments, central bankers, and the financial media are agreeing with me. […]

20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner There are dozens of United States gold coins that are accorded a high degree of value for various reasons: first-year-of-issue, low mintage figures, beautiful design, strong collector appeal, etc. These are not always the “rarest” coins in a series and when the value-conscious collector looks at the […]

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LONG BEACH-32 YEARS AND…. We have been coming to this show for over 32 years now. All we can do now is ask why? It is our sad opinion that Long Beach so long as they have 3 shows a year in this type of market is terminal. We […]

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. If coins are, as Michael Bugeja has argued “art you can hold and experience history in the process,” then the designs that appear on them are clearly are of paramount importance. In fact, for many collectors the aesthetic appeal of a coin’s design is what draws them to a particular […]

More Behind-The-Scenes Positive Prospects For Higher Gold Prices

More Behind-The-Scenes Positive Prospects For Higher Gold Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com While a lot of attention is focused on European debt problems and the US elections, there are a few developments in the works which bode well for higher gold prices in the future. These developments have nothing to do with technical trading signals or […]

Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

Potential Tax-Free Profits In Tangible Assets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you invest in paper assets like stocks, bonds, CDs, and currencies and earn income or a profit from them, the Internal Revenue Service wants a cut for the federal government.  Many states and municipalities also want a piece of the proceeds. It doesn’t matter […]

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