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What Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. One of the most frequently asked questions that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, the […]

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression, some make me pause for a moment before I resume looking at more coins and a small number get me to stop everything else I’m doing (I’m a notorious […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The Travers Article That Wasn’t In November of last year, Scott Travers and House of Collectibles published the 20th edition of The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values.  We picked up a copy and thought we’d write a review, much like we did with John Mercanti […]

The Coin Analyst:  Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

The Coin Analyst: Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At first blush Texas might not seem to share much in common with Germany. But in addition to being the largest states in their respective unions, Texas, like Germany, now wants to take physical possession of its physical gold reserves stored outside the state. A few years back the […]

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… What will the bullion markets look like when silver reaches $100 an ounce? Some would say the previous sentence is an exercise in optimism by silver bugs. How does $1000 an ounce sound? That doesn’t mean silver investors would rule the world if this scenario came to pass, as […]

By April 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

By guest blogger Robert Kanterman for Doug Winter Numismatics …… I’d like to thank long-time DWN client and personal friend Robert “RYK” Kanterman for writing this excellent study on some of the potential avenues for the PCGS Set Registry which are available to collectors of 19th (and early 20th century) gold coinage. Robert’s suggestions are […]

Are Funds Deposited In Your Bank Account Really Yours?

Are Funds Deposited In Your Bank Account Really Yours?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The implications of the twists and turns in the Cyprus bailout fiasco are reverberating worldwide.  One of the lessons that Americans should learn from this is that funds you deposit in your bank are only yours so long as the bank or the government […]

Baltimore Buzzing: Stack’s Bowers Auction Confirms Broad-Based Market Strength

Baltimore Buzzing: Stack’s Bowers Auction Confirms Broad-Based Market Strength

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… Coveted NGC Black Slab Sets Record; Southern Gold a Comfort for Collectors According to the calendar, spring is finally here and the long awaited meteorological change of season is indeed worth celebrating. Although winter’s grasp is still a tenacious one in many areas, setting the clocks ahead earlier this […]

By March 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst:  Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

The Coin Analyst: Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the weekend we learned that the EU was giving the small country of Cyprus, with an economy smaller than that of any U.S. state, a bailout of 10 billion euros, or 13 billion dollars. Then we found out that based on an initial plan by European authorities that holders […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The March 2013 Baltimore Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The March 2013 Baltimore Show

By Legend Numismatics ………. A BUSY SHOW-HA! THIS WAS LEGEND BEST BALTIMORE SHOW IN YEARS! First, Mary Counts, David Chrenshaw, and team, did their usual outstanding job of putting on a great show. Baltimore is unquestionably one of the more friendly shows that BOTH dealers and collectors can attend. This show was so busy, even […]

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you have a numismatic budget of $2,000-10,000 per coin and you want to explore a series that is reasonably short in duration but long on challenges, I’d strongly suggest No Motto half eagles from New Orleans. Let’s take a brief look at this area of […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By by Joe Jaroch – Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

By March 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Every so often you hear a story you just have to pass on to others.  Because the gentleman who told me this story is a good friend and values his anonymity, I am going to cite nothing more specific than the actual historical events that made this story what it is.  […]

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver investors tend to check the current spot price before making a purchase. That’s a logical starting point, as the cost for physical metal is usually – but not always – related to spot. Don’t expect former premiums to remain in place when spot plunges. Why does this happen? […]

By March 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

Baltimore On Deck – Stack’s Bowers Sales Feature Strong Line Up

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… High Grade Saints & World Gold Targeted. Lower Gold Spot Has Rejuvenated Collectors – Rare Black NGC Slab Scheduled For Auction On St. Patty’s Day. March certainly came roaring in throughout the country. In fact, on three out of the four previous weekends we have had major snowstorms visit […]

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you pass […]

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems:  Suppress The Price Of Gold!

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems: Suppress The Price Of Gold!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Over the next several weeks, the US government is facing a series of critical financial problems of its own making. Unless there is a last-minute agreement, this Friday the federal government will experience an automatic annual $85 billion reduction in spending increases called sequestration. […]

What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… After 25+ years of encapsulating coins and 50+ million submissions, it is clear that PCGS and NGC have had a huge impact on the way we view coin rarity. I have personally learned many things: which coins are rare and which are not; which coins are […]

By February 26, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Why Hyperinflation is Coming and How to Survive It and Prosper

Why Hyperinflation is Coming and How to Survive It and Prosper

By Barry Stuppler, a CoinWeek Contributor ……. I have just completed a 40-page booklet with the same title, which I am proud to say was the completion of a 3-year research project. I believe it is the best study of Hyperinflation, Gold Standard and Gold confiscation that I have ever seen and it’s available to […]

By February 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At a typical coin show, I buy between 25 and 75 new coins. I like every coin  I buy and I always think think that they have something worthwhile about them; something that will find them a new home. The majority of the new purchases  I […]

By February 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Southern California Auctions Pull in Nearly $30 Million; Numismatics Heard from the Rooftops

Southern California Auctions Pull in Nearly $30 Million; Numismatics Heard from the Rooftops

by Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report …. Supply and demand still dictates pricing – “it’s the biggest purchase I’ve made that I can’t live in or doesn’t have wheels” An early February visit to the Golden State has confirmed that the rare coin market remains focused and highly energized. A pair of […]

SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER?  NO!

SILVER 101 – IS 761,000,000 A LARGE NUMBER? NO!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Imagine owning a corporation with annual sales of $761 million. Better yet, wouldn’t a net worth of that amount go beyond your wildest dreams? So how can 761,000,000 (that’s more than 3/4 of a billion) be a relatively mundane number? That high nine-digit figure represents the ounces of newly […]

By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #154 ….. This is the second part of my series on classic U.S. coins that cost in the range of $250, or substantially less. In part 1, I discussed Indian Cents, Lincoln Cents, large cents […]

By February 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
It’s Time to go All-in on Gold and Silver

It’s Time to go All-in on Gold and Silver

By Barry Stuppler Last week’s Gold and Silver trading was very educational and could be a pivotal point in the recent Gold downtrend. Let me explain, but first I need to share what a professional commodity trader (PCT) does for a living. He/she makes their living by trading commodities on a short term basis. Whether […]

By February 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Surge in China’s Imports Bodes Well for Gold Market, Dillon Gage Says

Surge in China’s Imports Bodes Well for Gold Market, Dillon Gage Says

The nation’s rising incomes and an expected gold ETF launch should be watched Addison, TX — Imports by mainland China from Hong Kong nearly doubled last year to a record level as incomes rose and investors gravitated to hard assets. As the nation’s appetite for gold grows, Chinese regulators may launch gold Exchange Traded Funds […]

Legend Numismatics Announces Lawsuit in Latest Market Report

Legend Numismatics Announces Lawsuit in Latest Market Report

BREAKING NEWS: After several months of intense investigation, we would like to announce that Laura Sperber has filed a lawsuit against Paul Elwell from Mattawan, Michigan alleging that Elwell is responsible for a false and defamatory “report” about Laura that was posted anonymously on the website, ripoffreport.com. We are confident that our legal team will […]

By February 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Every year, I participate in the Rosen Report in which I (along with an impressive panel of fellow dealers) answer a series of timely and interesting questions which pertain to the rare coin market. This year’s version of the report was interesting and I think that you will find my answers to be informative. Please […]

By February 18, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

by Al Doyle The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, but this year’s […]

By February 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #153 ….. While it is true that much of my research and analyses relate to very expensive coins, I also write about coins that are not so expensive. My discussion here is about U.S. coins […]

By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
More Bad Economic News For The US Government

More Bad Economic News For The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The poor economic news is starting to come out in droves, but you wouldn’t know it if you only looked at the headlines of the US mainstream media. Buried in the stream of reports, the US Commerce Department last week revealed that the US […]

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