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Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Gold and silver prices have been strong since the end of July, with gold up more than 7% and silver up 17% since then.  The next two shocks to the precious metals markets will hit on Wednesday, September 12.  My expectation is that the impact […]

By September 12, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Republicans, or at least many of their political leaders, just can’t seem to get enough of the gold standard. Marsha Blackburn, a GOP representative from Tennessee, told the Financial Times recently that Republicans agree on the idea, and that the House recently passed a bill on it.  She believes it “is something we think needs […]

By September 6, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Friday, Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) hit the market.  Early Tuesday morning this week, it already looks like another Wall Street snafu. In the run up to the IPO, the stock had been expected to be priced in the $28 to $35 range.  […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The issue of Greece’s possible exit from the euro and its impact on the European and world economies is weighing heavily on the minds of political leaders and financial experts. As the prospects for that event loom ever larger, markets are in greater turmoil than probably at any time since […]

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, The U.S. Rare Coin Market is vibrant and active.  Collectors, dealers, and investors continue to buy rare coins, bullion, and numismatic collectibles with enthusiasm.  We are constantly amazed at how actively our customers are searching for coins!  Yet, while we are experiencing strong demand on both our website and in our […]

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com What do you do with my commentaries? I have been writing them since 1995, gaining a wider audience as time goes on. Do you merely read them for entertainment? If that’s enough for you, I accept that. Or possibly do you read them to […]

Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

Laura Sperber – Hot Topics After a year or two of dodging the bullet, this week at CSNS the all mighty PNG will be voting to accept or reject a definition of coin doctoring. There is absolutely NO excuse to push it back, cancel, or delay the vote. The membership was given this information in […]

Rare Coin Market Report – Garbage IN/Garbage OUT

Rare Coin Market Report – Garbage IN/Garbage OUT

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, With the great Baltimore Coin Spring Show just a couple of weeks behind us, I am curious as to what direction the U.S. Rare Coin market will go in April. Tax season is not kind to the coin business. Taxes have to be paid and that desirable coin might have to […]

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

South Carolina State Treasurer And Others Agree That Gold Price Is Suppressed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Some who read my columns object to my statements that a growing number of analysts, investment and hedge fund managers, precious metals commentators, and others in related financial markets have come to the conclusion that the gold and silver market prices are being suppressed […]

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

Why Are Bullion Bankers Lying To The Media And Public?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On February 29, shortly after the massive inflation of the money supply in Europe, the prices of gold and silver were subject to severe price suppression tactics. The best reports I have seen are that at least 225 million ounces of paper silver contracts […]

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

Will Fed Chair Bernanke Answer These Questions?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 13, The Federal Reserve issued a statement in conjunction with its periodic meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.  The first sentence reads, “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately.” […]

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner For Legend, a week of no shows did not mean no business. We blew past  $1,000,000.00 in sales for the month on Tuesday. The way things are going looks like we won’t slow down for along time. We finally have some new and fresh coins in […]

Coin Board News – Number 22 – Spring 2012

Coin Board News – Number 22 – Spring 2012

MARKET ACTIVITY This quarter just past was perhaps the most lively ever for coin board listings on eBay. A large number of boards, both common and scarce, were offered as either single pieces or multi-piece lots. Some of these failed to make their reserves, but the better ones that did sell brought prices at or […]

A Top US Government Priority: Make People Afraid To Own Gold And Silver

A Top US Government Priority: Make People Afraid To Own Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As I have said many times, the number one reason to own some physical gold and silver is for insurance against declines in the value of paper assets such as currencies, stocks, and bonds. The price of gold is effectively a report card on […]

By March 8, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

The Coin Analyst: Alice Paul Coin Ill Suited for First Spouse Series

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Congress frequently enacts legislation on coins that is misguided. One of the best recent examples is the provision in the legislation that created the First Spouse $10 gold coin series that specifically requires the issuance of a coin for Alice Paul, a suffragist and women’s rights leader, who […]

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In past commentaries, I have discussed many of the accounting and financial sleight-of-hand gimmicks used by the US government in order to paint a rosier picture of federal finances.  When doing so, I tried to give specific references and sources so that readers could […]

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

This is an open letter to the coin collecting and dealing community in response to a guest commentary by Richard Francis recently published by a major weekly coin publication entitled; “Firms’s acquisition of 2011 sets, while legal, is troubling” I am going to simply take the approach of answering allegations and presenting information one item […]

By February 22, 2012 35 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Our January was very busy although the show schedule was somewhat slow after the ‘dynamite’ Florida United Numismatists Show. We took a long buying trip out West during the third week of January and bought some great coins from several dealers who could not attend the FUN Show. We often follow […]

By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting A January 18th special report on CNN prompts one to wonder, where in the world would the largest collection of export permits exist?  The report itself is not of course about export permits—that would hardly attract the producers of a major news medium.  It is a report about […]

By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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