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The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 13:  An Extremely Important, Type 2 Double Eagle ($20 Gold Coin)

The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 13: An Extremely Important, Type 2 Double Eagle ($20 Gold Coin)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #252 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most important Newman Collection gold coin that was auctioned on Nov. 14th was a gem quality, Liberty Head double eagle ($20 gold coin) of the second design type, an […]

By November 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Your Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Your Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller Last week, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 US $20.00 Double Eagles in her purse. Like many of you, she has seen the significant recent media coverage about government officials […]

Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com On my way to lunch the other day, I listened to a great radio story on This American Life about the day to day trials and tribulations at a car dealership in Long Island. One of the take-aways from this NPR story was that—as I had always suspected—car are cheaper at […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Wax on, Wax off!

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Wax on, Wax off!

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com   I’m often asked “Ron, how do you grade coins?” Simple question, right? Yet an informed and honest answer to this question has to take into account a range of technical components and contextual considerations. Frankly, I’m not sure that anybody has answered it satisfactorily. That’s why there are so […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – NOVEMBER PCGS INVITATIONAL

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – NOVEMBER PCGS INVITATIONAL

LAS VEGAS Typical for the Las Vegas PCGS Invitational for us, we did really well on the bourse floor-and crapped out on 8’s on the casino floor (happens every time too)! PCGS really does run a first class little show. We highly suggest you attend in December as there will be a small crowd of […]

Bowers: Curious, but True!

Bowers: Curious, but True!

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers   • Jefferson nickels should actually be called Jefferson coppers, as they contain much more copper (75%) than nickel (25%). • Did the colony of Maryland have its own mint circa 1660? There are some authorizations for and mentions of such, but so far as is known, all Maryland coins were […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Steves Estes is a Portland, Oregon dealer who has run a mail order business for over 50 years.  He specializes in classic U.S. coins, both graded and raw, and probably knows more about Morgan silver dollars than most dealers.  As he told me back in 2011 in an interview for […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. Following the conclusion of its hearings, the House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage reported out the Los Angeles Olympics coin bill proposed by its Chairman, Representative Frank Annunzio (D-IL), by a vote of 6-0, on May 13, 1982. The bill […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12:  Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12: Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #251 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most exciting ‘news’ at the moment is the sale of pre-1793 patterns from the Eric Newman Collection. On Friday, Nov. 14, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, […]

By November 19, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series By Mike Markowitz…. In 2007, Canada captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100 kilogram gold piece (220.5 pounds, or a bit over 3215 troy ounces). It was 53 centimeters in diameter (21 inches) and three centimeters thick, denominated at one million Canadian dollars. “Why did the Royal […]

By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Why the National Media Has the ISIS Gold and Silver Coin Story Wrong

Why the National Media Has the ISIS Gold and Silver Coin Story Wrong

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The news exists–or should exist–to produce an informed populace, under the assumption that a populace needs to be informed in order to make beneficial decisions for society and state. But sometimes what comes across the wire is so horrific, so brutal, so tasteless–so against the grain of […]

Legend Mid Novermber Rare Coin Market Report

Legend Mid Novermber Rare Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics……… WE SEE IMPROVEMENT!  Seems like people have settled down and are back in “coin mode” again. In October what hit the market was shock of the stock market dropping, we were right in the middle of having multiple auctions thrown at us, gold was spinning its way down, and […]

By November 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Modern Legal Tender Silver Bullion Coins – The Big Three

Modern Legal Tender Silver Bullion Coins – The Big Three

By Richard Schwary – Ask The Expert – www.golddealer.com ……. The Big 3 when it comes to legal tender silver bullioncoins are of course the American Silver Eagle 1 oz, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf 1 oz, and the Austrian Silver Philharmonic 1 oz. From a weight standpoint they are the same and all three […]

Gold Market Newsletter : Gold Closes Again Choppy Capped by Lower Oil

Gold Market Newsletter : Gold Closes Again Choppy Capped by Lower Oil

Commentary for Thursday, Nov 13th, 2014 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc.……… Gold closed up $2.20 at $1161.10 edging somewhat higher but probably capped by lower oil prices. Saudi Arabia continues to pump disregarding lower prices and a weakening European picture. With this scenario you might wonder what they […]

Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints with historical roots that date back to 1194.  The modern Austrian Mint dates to 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed.  It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins. […]

By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Eight Gem Unc. 1853 Half Dimes (silver 5¢ coins) Auctioned in a Week

Eight Gem Unc. 1853 Half Dimes (silver 5¢ coins) Auctioned in a Week

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #250 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… There were eight, gem quality, business strike 1853 Liberty Seated half dimes (5¢ silver coins) in two recent coin auctions, four from each of two collector-consignors. Stack’s-Bowers sold the “1853 Collection” on Oct. 30 […]

By November 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… The broad silver coin known everywhere today as the Maria Theresa taler is familiar to many numismatists in the United States and the world over. However, fewer collectors have ever paused to give the coin the really close examination it deserves, or delved into its colorful two-century history and […]

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Money & Politics In what could best be described as a costly political stunt, activists from Generation Basic Income, a group lobbying in favor of universal basic income in Switzerland, dumped eight million five-rappen (five-cent) coins in historic Parliament Square in Bern last December. The goal of their campaign was […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Laura Sperber’s Legend Numismatics Market Report: Early November 2014

Laura Sperber’s Legend Numismatics Market Report: Early November 2014

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LOVE THE NEW LEVELS We’re not going to fluff things. The market clearly is soft-in certain areas. Not good to have generics that haven’t been bought in the past two weeks, million dollar plus coins are almost frozen due to the looming Pogue sales (at least from our point […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

Ancient Coin Series: Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   Fitzgerald: The rich are different than you and me. Hemingway: Yes, they have more money.[1] In the arcane language of Classical Numismatics, when coins are described as “important,” it means they cost a lot. How much? If you have to ask, you can’t afford them. Nelson Bunker […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Update for November

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Update for November

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. As the end of the year approaches, there are some interesting new coins from various world mints on a wide range of themes.  Some are bullion, while others are numismatic issues, but all of them have low mintages and are intriguing in their own way.   Elephants instead of eagles? […]

By November 10, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com November 1st marks the beginning of Certified Acceptance Corporation’s eighth year endorsing PCGS and NGC graded and encapsulated coins that meet CAC’s strict standards for coins it deems to be solid for the grade and above average for the grade. Recognizing that coins barely making a grade were […]

By November 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Intelligent, adaptable and omnivorous, pigs have long been companions to humans. We know from cave paintings that Palaeolithic hunters pursued wild boars. The earliest evidence for the domestication of pigs dates from about 8000 BCE (Larson). Even though it is surrounded by many cultural and religious taboos, […]

The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

By Vic Bozarth – The Rare Coin Road Warrior ….. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts….. Many of you may have wondered what happened to Vic Bozarth-The Rare Coin Road Warrior. Sherri and I are still traveling 200 nights per year to coin shows and on coin buying trips all over the continental U.S. We are still […]

By November 3, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismstics Coin Market Report

Legend Numismstics Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics We’ll be brutally honest-the coin market is very choppy. You can say its slowed and cry the sky is falling or you can see all the opportuntiies. There are many areas where you can buy some incredible deals right now (we’ll even include generics). There are also several areas […]

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 2

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 2

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… In this, the second installment of CoinWeek’s coverage of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show, I talk to a collector from Pennsylvania about his pursuit of a rare obsolete bank note and take a quick look at the 10 coins that brought the most money on Rarities Night. I […]

The Incredible Gene Gardner Collection, Part 5: Finest  ‘No Motto’ Liberty Seated Half Dollars

The Incredible Gene Gardner Collection, Part 5: Finest ‘No Motto’ Liberty Seated Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics #248: Special Saturday Edition relating to the all-time best collection of 19th century U.S. silver coins to ever be publicly auctioned A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds………. As was reported on Wednesday in part 4 of this series of discussions, the second of four planned auctions of the Gene […]

By November 1, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… The first day of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo, which runs from October 30 to November 2, kicked off quietly at 9:00 AM, with auction lot viewings by numismatic literature sellers Kolbe & Fanning and rare coin auction house Stack’s Bowers. A steadily increasing number of Early Birds soon began […]

The Coin Analyst:  2014 Kennedy Silver Set Sales by US Mint at 85,670 in first 12 hours

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Kennedy Silver Set Sales by US Mint at 85,670 in first 12 hours

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… The launch of the 2014 four-coin Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary set on October 28 went much more smoothly than most people had expected it to go. Some buyers encountered minor issues when placing orders, but the vast majority said the process was much quicker and easier than it had […]

By October 29, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
The Incredible Gene Gardner Collection, part 4: Second Coin Auction on Monday, Oct. 27

The Incredible Gene Gardner Collection, part 4: Second Coin Auction on Monday, Oct. 27

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …………. Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #247……. In addition to a very impressive collection of Capped Bust silver coins, some important Draped Bust silver coins, the all-time greatest collection of Barber Quarters, and highly ranked […]

By October 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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