Commentary

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 →
Rare Coin Market Report – January 2012

Rare Coin Market Report – January 2012

Happy New Year Coin Enthusiasts! 2011 is behind us and the FUN Show was held this last week in Orlando. For dealers, like us, the year actually revolves around our show travel schedule. The first week after the New Year Holiday is the Florida United Numismatists Show. This year we flew to Orlando on the […]

By January 10, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – December 2011

Rare Coin Road Warrior – December 2011

Happy Holidays Coin Enthusiasts! My name is Vic Bozarth. I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior and my wife Sherri and I own and operate Bozarth Numismatics. We both love our coin show travel, but some days are better than others…… Here we sit once again stranded by United (Continental Airlines). Don’t get me wrong, […]

By December 16, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Time to Cool the Rhetoric on the Mint’s Handling of Anniversary Sets

The Coin Analyst: Time to Cool the Rhetoric on the Mint’s Handling of Anniversary Sets

Commentary By Louis Golino for CoinWeek In a recent online comment Numismatic News editor David Harper suggested that it was time to “dial down the rhetoric” when it comes to how coin collectors view the Mint. Mr. Harper asked “Has Mint bashing simply become a form of social greeting among collectors for whatever the problem […]

By December 13, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
The Art Basel Fair Versus The FUN Show: An Analysis

The Art Basel Fair Versus The FUN Show: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I recently returned from a week long trip to Miami where I attended the Art Basel art fair. I went primarily to look at art and to purchase some pieces for my collection but I also went to closely observe what has become the most significant art […]

By December 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Market Report – December 2011 – Houston Money Show Report

Rare Coin Market Report – December 2011 – Houston Money Show Report

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, December has always been somewhat of a ‘dud’ in the coin business. Don’t get me wrong, folks are looking for coins in December, but the majority of the action in the coin business in December centers around less expensive ‘gift’ items like silver rounds for stocking […]

By December 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The True State Of The Market

The True State Of The Market

By Jeff Garrett – Originally posted on NGC and re-posted on CoinWeek with Permission One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market… One of the most frequently asked questions in numismatics is about the state of the market. You can try to distill current conditions from the […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – November 2011 – Including Baltimore Show Report

Rare Coin Road Warrior – November 2011 – Including Baltimore Show Report

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Hi, my name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior. Rare Coin Shows are my life and I attend forty shows each year all over the continental United States. My wife Sherri and I have the luxury of traveling together and we […]

By November 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report – November Baltimore Show Report

Legend Market Report – November Baltimore Show Report

THE STAFF OF THE BALTIMORE SHOW IS THE BEST! Mary Counts, David Chrensaw, and Lori Hamrick and staff, put on the best commercial show there is! The only other shows that rank close are FUN and the Summer ANA. No matter what you collect, the Baltimore Show will be exciting for you. It was a wonderful […]

By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com Rare coin investment funds have been around for decades, and on Oct. 31, the formation of four new funds to be managed by Certified Assets Management International LLC, was announced. One of the funds is expected to acquire up to $250 million in rare coins. Successful coin funds could place […]

By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com There are several of us coin dealers nationwide who’ve been in this business virtually all our lives – for 40, 50 or 60 years, or even longer – since we were teenagers, or even younger. We’ve been around the market for gold bullion all that time and have […]

By November 18, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Prices of rare coins appreciate because new money enters the rare coin market vying for their limited supply. They decline in value when selling rare coins becomes a trend and buyers take their cash out of the coin market en masse. Rare coins are a “store of value” […]

By November 11, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Grading Service Guidelines and Clarification on Bullion Coin in 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Grading Service Guidelines and Clarification on Bullion Coin in 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Since my last column on the 25th anniversary silver eagle sets was published, there have been a couple more significant developments that merit discussion. Collectors who ordered their sets during the first couple hours of sales on October 27 have either already received their sets, or their sets have […]

By November 11, 2011 9 Comments Read More →
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