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War of Words escalates as ANA Responds to Shepherd Statement and Harlan Berk Press Release

War of Words escalates as ANA Responds to Shepherd Statement and Harlan Berk Press Release

The Anerican Numismatic Association (ANA) just issued a Press Release in response to statements distributed and published by former Executive Director Larry Shepherd, and a Press Release by Harlan J Berk announcing that Larry has joined the HJB firm. Below are the complete, unedited Press Releases and Statements as provided by all the parties. A […]

By October 7, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coins and Panetta’s Biggest Fear

Coins and Panetta’s Biggest Fear

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog In today’s Washington Post, on page 19, columnist George Will (one of my favorite people) writes about the problems facing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.  Mr. Will astutely describes a plenteous list of threats that Panetta has on his plate every day, but sees the biggest threat […]

By September 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report The Philadelphia Show

Legend Market Report The Philadelphia Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics THE PHILADELPHIA SHOW MANAGEMENT-MAJOR ADJUSTMENT NEEDED We adore Mary Counts, David Chrensaw and their staffs tremendous efforts in putting on a great show (as usual they were top notch). Too bad they are not the ones who make the decisions about when or where the shows are. Having this show […]

The Market Now and Then

The Market Now and Then

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com The Labor Day holiday weekend has passed, most young people are back to school, football season has started, and I feel the need to get back to work.  I love my work, but once the calendar rolls around to September, I get the feeling that I’ve been slacking?  Maybe it […]

By September 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics SURPRISE! Not! It was exactly as we expected-looking like a morgue. You really can not have a show with 80 tables sold placed within a show where there are 500 tables. It is not an inviting atmosphere. Plus, Comic Con was in the Hall next door-almost 100,000 comic fans […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #63 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 20th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the jury reached a verdict in the ten day trial regarding the title of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The coin collecting community was horrified […]

You Responsible Enough to Own Gold and Silver?

You Responsible Enough to Own Gold and Silver?

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Coin Service The decision to own gold or silver usually involves more than making a decision to diversify an investment portfolio or to choose assets with a long-term positive track record. For a lot of people, the choice to own gold or silver signifies taking responsibility for one’s financial […]

Commentary & Opinion: Numismatic Dealers – How Many Are Really Professionals?

Commentary & Opinion: Numismatic Dealers – How Many Are Really Professionals?

The following commentary was submitted by Martin Kaplan. Martin  has been a collector for over 50 years, and his current interests are world coins, world banknotes and ancient coins.   The word “professional” carries with it the connotation of “expert”, i.e., having “expertise” in one’s chosen field. Professions where there is a fiduciary responsibility to […]

By July 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Where have all the good coins gone?

Where have all the good coins gone?

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Market Report Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, I am writing this morning from the Long Beach Coin Show. It is June 2nd and dealer set-up was yesterday afternoon and evening. Where have all the good coins gone? I’m not trying to be melodramatic. The fact of the matter is that […]

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments I just finished with the June 2011 copy of The Numismatist, which is the 120th Anniversary Convention Issue, and contains all the important information about the upcoming ANA World’s Fair of Money held August 16-20th of 2011 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. There is […]

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As much as coin dealers–myself included–try to compare the coin market to the art market, the more you look at coins, the more you realize how insignificant this market (currently) is when compared to art. Will the coin market ever “catch up” to the art market and is it fair […]

A 30-Year Evolution of the Coin Market, and a Look Forward

A 30-Year Evolution of the Coin Market, and a Look Forward

By John Feigenbaum – David Lawrence Rare Coins : In March of this year I will turn 42 years old and it occurs to me that 2011 marks my 21st year as a full-time coin dealer. So, exactly half of my life has been devoted to professional numismatics, though I have been attending and setting […]

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Blog During the period from July 2004 through August 2007 the numismatic community, by way of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG), the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) and the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), submitted eighteen requests for information to the U.S. State Department (DOS). These were formal […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana When Christine and I talked about the ANA’s spring show in Sacramento, we didn’t really expect much. I knew that there would be a large group of east coast dealers who wouldn’t attend, and I figured that many retail customers wouldn’t go the extra mile to get to a […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Coin Show Reports by Viv Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, My name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior. My wife Sherri and I attend forty coin shows a year to buy scarce and interesting coins for our customers. I have always been a coin show guy and […]

Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments It would be a great deal more fun to consider what R.W. Julian has to say about Gobrecht dollars but at this point in time the consideration in front of us is the rather murky numismatic subject called coin doctoring. I have talked with both David Hall of the […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

What would happen if the United States lost its AAA credit rating?

What would happen if the United States lost its AAA credit rating?

by Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins Two years ago‚ a company that performs financial research and analysis on commercial and government entities and has a 40% share in the world credit rating market warned the United States government that it risked losing its triple A rating if it didn’t get its finances under control. […]

By February 4, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Double Your Money in Rare Coins?

Double Your Money in Rare Coins?

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments Not too long ago I got an interesting Email: “I’m new to rare coins and I would like you to recommend a rare coin. I want to double my money.” The intonation of the rest of the Email caused me to believe this fellow was sincere and looking […]

The Whole Cultural Record

The Whole Cultural Record

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting In the latest issue of Archaeology magazine (Nov-Dec 2010) AIA President Brian Rose proposes an intriguing professional goal, saying — “We must preserve the whole cultural record.” By “We”, I presume that he means archaeologists, since nobody else on the planet would dare to dream so big. We […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report First published in the November 8, 2010, issue of Coin World Some of the coins that one would expect to rise such as generic Mint State Morgan silver dollars and Coronet and Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles are showing only minimal gains, although they are trading at […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

By Steve Roach First published in the Nov. 1, 2010, issue of Coin World Gold is currently the engine that is driving the rare coin market. It seems that Coin World’s Market Analysis of late has been alternating between gold one week and everything else the next week. However, an emphasis on gold is appropriate […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins: The Yin and Yang – A Smorgasbord of Views on Cultural Property

Ancient Coins: The Yin and Yang – A Smorgasbord of Views on Cultural Property

This week I was treated to a smorgasbord of views on cultural property from members of the archaeological and collecting communities. On Tuesday morning, I listened with interest to the presentations of several archaeologists at the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) in Washington, DC. This was my fifth appearance at a CPAC […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Wall Street Journal video: “Gold will probably approach $5,000,” Guggenheim Partners exec says

Wall Street Journal video: “Gold will probably approach $5,000,” Guggenheim Partners exec says

“People have lost faith in paper money” as the Fed debases the dollar. Gold at $1,387 over 2 record days After settling above a record $1,370 an ounce Wednesday, gold continued its blistering run Thursday by piercing the $1,380 level, going as high as $1,387. What do the experts say is driving gold? “Gold is […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #24 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The purpose this week is to put forth clear, constructive points regarding the collecting of modern U.S. coins. Readers who are already familiar with modern coins may wish to skip to section three, where John Albanese, […]

By October 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23-Part2 A continuation of a Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Usually, this column is published each Wednesday morning and not at other times. I came to believe, however, that this week’s topic is of tremendous importance and warrants two parts. [Click Here […]

By October 21, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
US Coins: Those Magical CC Morgans

US Coins: Those Magical CC Morgans

The market is good – stable prices and strong demand for rarities along with an expanding collector base. In fact, an 1804 Class 1 Draped Bust Dollar just traded for $3.7 million at the Central States Numismatic Society coin convention in Rosemont, IL.

By September 24, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
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