Doug Winter

Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Gold Dollars …

Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Gold Dollars …

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Sure, size matters – but collectors have long appreciated gold dollars, the smallest size and denomination in the annals of American gold coin issues. * * * The United States gold dollar was made from 1849 through 1889 in three distinct types and was […]

Five Snoozing U.S. Gold Series and Their Chances to Re-Awaken

Five Snoozing U.S. Gold Series and Their Chances to Re-Awaken

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   I’ve specialized in United States gold coins since the 1980s and I’ve seen a number of series go from cold to hot and vice-versa. There are currently some series that are not actively collected, which have at various times been more popular. Let’s look […]

So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   The decision to collect this series should not be made lightly as Liberty Head double eagles have the distinction as being among the most difficult and longest-lived series in all of 19th/early 20th century American numismatics. Specializing in 20 Libs requires patience, a healthy budget (although there are […]

The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   Between 1795 and 1933 a total of 36 major gold types were issued for circulation. In my May 2017 article on collecting US gold by type, I touched on these. In this follow-up, I’m going to discuss each type in more detail with suggestions on how and what […]

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, too few of these articles mentioned the Internet coin market; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important […]

Classic Gold US Coins – The “With Motto” New Orleans Eagle “Short Set”

Classic Gold US Coins – The “With Motto” New Orleans Eagle “Short Set”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Collectors who like completable themed sets don’t have a ton of options if they’re on a budget. Sure, there’s the Indian Head quarter eagle series; it is completable but the 1911-D is an expensive hole to fill. Or there are esoteric “subsets” like the San […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect United States Gold Coins by Type…

So You’ve Decided to Collect United States Gold Coins by Type…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Many collectors of United States gold want to collect with a purpose and with a goal. However, these collectors don’t necessarily care to be specialized or ultra-specialized. In this case, collecting by type is a perfect fit. There are literally infinite ways by which to […]

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There is almost no term in the rare coin market which is more misused than “fresh”. I am certainly guilty of overusing this word, and if you look at the coin descriptions I write on my website, I use the word “fresh” more often than […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 […]

Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The half eagle denomination was produced virtually uninterrupted from 1795 through 1929. During this 130-year period only one issue–the 1887–was struck in only a Proof format. For reasons still unknown, no business strike half eagles were made in 1887 and a total of just 87 […]

Classic US Gold Coins – The Rare and Underappreciated 1849-O Eagle

Classic US Gold Coins – The Rare and Underappreciated 1849-O Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In the No Motto New Orleans eagle series (produced from 1841 through 1860), there are two well-known rarities: the 1841-O and the 1859-O. The next rarity tier consists of four issues: the 1849-O, 1852-O, 1856-O and 1857-O–which are extremely hard to locate in About Uncirculated […]

A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There are numerous San Francisco issues that are known for their typically ratty appearance. This “rattiness” may be the result of extensive commercial use, numismatic abuse, or poor strike/planchet preparation. This blog is not about these issues; it is about some of the seemingly more […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Charlotte Gold Coins…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Charlotte Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The Charlotte Mint was operational from 1838 through 1861 and it produced gold coins in three denominations only: dollars, quarter eagles, and half eagles. Today, these coins are very collectable although the number of people specializing in this mint seems to be lower than those […]

CoinWeek: Cool Coins 2017 Episode 3 – 4K Video

CoinWeek: Cool Coins 2017 Episode 3 – 4K Video

Cool Coins! is back with this, our third episode for 2017! We talk to rare gold coin expert Doug Winter about a phenomenal Gem $10 gold Indian coin from the Clapp-Eliasberg Coin Collections. Del Parker shows off one of the Great Modern World Coins, the 1985 Irish 20 p. Jeff Garrett unearthed an original “roll” […]

So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare. This series, while very long-lived, is completable […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect No Motto $10.00 Liberty Head Gold Eagles…

So You’ve Decided to Collect No Motto $10.00 Liberty Head Gold Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1907 and exist in two distinct design types: No Motto (1838-1866) and With Motto (1866-1907). This article is going to focus on the No Motto issues from two perspectives: affordable coins (in this case up to $5,000 […]

Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Congratulations on your decision. I’m sure you’ve given this a lot of thought and I’d like to assist you in formulating a plan of attack. First, there are two things you’ll need plenty of: funds and patience. Second, you’ll need some guidance regarding the logistics […]

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   From a numismatic point of view, 2016 wasn’t an especially good year. In most series, prices were down; in some cases by as much as 20-30%. Perhaps the only bright spot in the 2016 coin market was rare date gold. My business was strong in […]

Classic US Coins – The New Orleans Eagle Market is Sizzling

Classic US Coins – The New Orleans Eagle Market is Sizzling

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The recent Stacks Bowers Baltimore auction contained a group of comparatively high grade New Orleans eagles which contained a few very important pieces. While admittedly a small sample size (just seven coins), the prices realized were all very strong. This leads me to conclude that […]

Classic US Gold – Stretch Dates: Liberty Head Quarter Eagles

Classic US Gold – Stretch Dates: Liberty Head Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In October 2016 I wrote a blog entitled The Concept of the Stretch Date. It was well-received, and I thought it would be interesting to apply this concept to a few specific series. For my first attempt, I’ve chosen Liberty Head quarter eagles… * * […]

Classic US Coins – 50 US Gold Issues with the “Wow” Factor

Classic US Coins – 50 US Gold Issues with the “Wow” Factor

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Certain issues in the various United States gold types struck between 1795 and 1933 have what might best be called a “Wow Factor.” Something about the issue—be it rarity, design, historic association or low mintage—appeals to a variety of collectors. These coins have strong multiple […]

CoinWeek IQ: Original vs. Non-Original Gold Coin Surfaces – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Original vs. Non-Original Gold Coin Surfaces – 4K Video

At the 2016 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek caught up with Douglas Winter. Doug is an acclaimed author, blogger, and leading dealer in rare gold coins. His website is www.raregoldcoins.com. In this CoinWeek IQ video, Doug shares valuable tips that gold coin collectors need to know to purchase gold coins with original […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: The Concept of the Stretch Date

Coin Collecting Strategies: The Concept of the Stretch Date

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Unless you are a very savvy collector, it is likely that many of the preconceptions you have about building your set(s) of choice are wrong. One of the most egregious mistakes that I see set collectors make has to do with the decision of what […]

CoinWeek Videos Surpass 1.5 Million Views

CoinWeek Videos Surpass 1.5 Million Views

By CoinWeek …. On Thursday, October 6, 2016, CoinWeek.com announced that its award-winning YouTube video channel had exceeded 1.5 million views. CoinWeek launched its video channel in 2011 and has since uploaded more than 1,300 original videos – including the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild Award Winning videos Numismatic Vienna and How Gold Coins are Made: […]

Coin Pedigrees & Provenance: Branding Your Collection

Coin Pedigrees & Provenance: Branding Your Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There are a few contemporary coin collectors who have it “figured out.” In addition to buying great coins, they have branded themselves (sometimes accidentally) in ways which greatly benefit them when they sell. Examples of collectors who are well-branded include Steve Duckor, Dale Friend, Chuck […]

Why No Motto Philadelphia Half Eagles May Be the Best Value in Today’s Dated Gold Market

Why No Motto Philadelphia Half Eagles May Be the Best Value in Today’s Dated Gold Market

1849 $5.00 PCGS AU55 CAC. Images courtesy Doug Winter Numismatics (DWN) By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The rare date gold market is now fairly mature and many areas which were formerly overlooked and undervalued (like San Francisco half eagles and eagles, New Orleans half eagles and eagles and Type One […]

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins. The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during […]

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In the recent Stack’s Bowers 2016 ANA Sale, I was fortunate to purchase an amazing 1860 double eagle, graded MS65 by PCGS, which was part of the Bull Run Collection and earlier was sold as Lot 900 in the famous October 1982 Eliasberg Collection auction. […]

CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2016 Episode 6 – 4K Video

CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2016 Episode 6 – 4K Video

Our sixth episode of CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! for 2016 includes over four million dollars’ worth of amazing numismatic items. We stop by our friends at Atlas Numismatics and ask James Ricks to show us a very special Swiss 100 Franc gold coin. Julian Leidman has an amazing 1806 half dollar in his case. This coin is […]

 
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