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Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   I enjoy being part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, including the auction program. Often I have contemplated a coin that would be nice to own–a Mint State 1839/6 cent, a lustrous 1794 or 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, an 1815 half eagle. These and other coins […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Diversifying your coin collecting areas of interest is a very enjoyable way to collect and learn about the history of different series By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   During a recent meeting with my financial advisor we discussed the importance of diversification. Having all of your eggs in any one basket is […]

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2017 Niue Guardian Angel Silver Coin – Gainesville Coins Exclusive

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2017 Niue Guardian Angel Silver Coin – Gainesville Coins Exclusive

Earlier this year, Gainesville Coins introduced an exclusive 1 ounce bullion coin struck under the authority of the island nation of Niue. With a face value of $1, the Guardian Angel Silver Coin evokes the calming and protective spirit of angels. Recently, CoinWeek gave two of these coins away as part of our weekly coin giveaway. […]

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan: A few weeks ago I found myself in a collecting rut. I hadn’t picked up a new coin […]

CoinWeek IQ: Collect Smart on a Budget – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Collect Smart on a Budget – 4K Video

Collect more of what you want by implementing these strategies… Not every collector has the unlimited means necessary to put together a world famous coin collection, but many collectors on a budget overlook methods that can help them get the most enjoyment and value out of the hobby. In this CoinWeek IQ video, editor Charles […]

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THIS PAST WEEK’S ACTION Finally, Spring is in the air and so is coin collecting. We are greatly surprised how there was only a small dip in demand around tax time. Seems activity is back to normal. In fact, our sales this week were extremely strong and […]

Gold Markets Firm – Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Gold Markets Firm – Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Commentary for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $6.40 at $1,236.40 today. The gold market continues to attract minor attention – I say minor because most investors are still looking at stocks as investor “fear” has exited the theater. This […]

Dogs on Ancient Coins

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine. –Elvis Presley, 20th-century American philosopher, covering Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Commentary for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $11.00 at $1,216.10 as momentum selling returns and the price of gold makes new recent lows. The domestic market broke down on the open and we did not catch much of a […]

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   Last Monday, the Mint of Finland announced a five-coin, five-euro commemorative coin set marking the 100th Anniversary of Finnish Independence. Each coin in the proposed series was designed to mark a 20-year period, with an obverse and reverse design showing the trials and tribulations of the country’s history. […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Commentary for Monday, May 1, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $12.80 at $1,255.50 in another defensive round. It actually opened rather flat which has been the case lately – pitched higher and then reversed itself testing the $1,254.00 level before catching much […]

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series The X-Files has a UFO poster that proclaims: I WANT TO BELIEVE. The sentiment is widely shared, even among numismatists, who are generally a rather skeptical bunch. The “Alien” […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #283 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   [Originally published on June 24, 2015. –CW] Like Three Cent nickels, Two Cent Pieces tend to be interesting topics for conversations, even among non-collectors. Many people are astonished or curious to learn that […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   [Originally published September 17, 2012. –CW] We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Commentary for Friday, April 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $5.30 at $1,289.10 and once again holds its ground. So where are we going into the weekend? I think traders are cautious but not ambivalent – on the short term gold is […]

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co-founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power to […]

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where Morgan and Peace dollars were a part of daily life meant that Wayne Miller was constantly exposed to the hefty coins at an early age. “Montana was one of […]

Coin Board News – Number 42

Coin Board News – Number 42

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 42 — Spring 2017 LOTS OF HAPPENINGS This issue has been delayed a few weeks for the simple reason that so much has happened just recently in the world of coin boards. Every time I thought I was ready to […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind who had no use for the religion of their fathers took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek ….   Ancient Coin Series THE NIGHT SKY WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they […]

Circulated Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins, Type 1

Circulated Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins, Type 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #379 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins were minted from 1850 to 1907. Before 1850, the largest U.S. coin denomination was the $10 gold piece (the eagle). This discussion is about […]

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Opus was a small, infertile territory on the coast of mainland Greece, surrounded by larger, more powerful states. While their inhabitants, the Lokrians, made a relatively small impact in history, they produced a beautiful and extensive series of ancient greek coins. Mercenaries […]

From Crime to Punishment –  Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

From Crime to Punishment – Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit & Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America, by Dr. Philip L. Mossman “The Spanish Milled Dollar The Coin of Our Nation’s Founders” […]

Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Traders Continue to Buy the Dips

Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Traders Continue to Buy the Dips

Commentary for Monday, April 10, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $3.40 at $1,253.90 USD today in directionless trading. The overnight London and Hong Kong markets were sleepy – there was a selloff in early domestic trading which looked at $1,245.00 but traders […]

Classic US Coins – Proof Morgan Silver Dollars for Less Than $5,000 Each

Classic US Coins – Proof Morgan Silver Dollars for Less Than $5,000 Each

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #378 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Proof Morgan silver dollars were minted in Philadelphia from 1878 to 1904 and possibly in 1921. Branch Mint Proofs and non-Proof special strikings are different topics. For less than $5,000 each, […]

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin on Sale TODAY – Here’s What You Should Know

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin on Sale TODAY – Here’s What You Should Know

Everything you need to know about the U.S. Mint’s 225th Anniversary American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   As of today at noon Eastern Standard Time, the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin goes on sale at the United States Mint. While the year is far from over, […]

Affordable US Coins – Over 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

Affordable US Coins – Over 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Familiar items are often underappreciated, and Jefferson nickels tend to receive the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from collectors. The coin has been such a constant part of daily life that even during its 75th anniversary in 2013, was an “under the radar” event. Why collect five-cent pieces when older or flashier series are […]

Ancient Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Ancient Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …..   Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach […]

 
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