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Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

News and Analysis regarding coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #332 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds The fourth in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection was conducted on Tuesday, May 24, by Stack’s-Bowers in association with Sotheby’s. Too much attention has been paid to the fact that the […]

US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short Set

US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short Set

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   1965 was a momentous year for U.S. coinage. It was the year we made the switch from silver alloy to clad, and for many it marks the boundary between “real” money and whatever you’d want to call our coinage since then. To some collectors, the word “modern” is […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Commentary for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed down $22.60 at $1228.90 – this was the other shoe falling. The easy answer as to why gold continued to sag this morning… new home sales. The actual number blew past the estimate […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 4

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 4

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer […]

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are among the American Public’s most popular methods to hold, trade or speculate in gold. They were first offered in the 1990s. The largest, SPDR Gold Shares, began in 2004. The early ETFs encountered significant resistance because gold believers demanded physical […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz ….   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise […]

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Over the past couple of years, a newer type of collectible silver product has become very popular–specifically, silver art rounds with attractive designs and high-quality minting. In addition, silver art rounds are sometimes struck in high relief or ultra-high relief and often in limited numbers. And some of […]

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Photo Credit: American Numismatic Association; CoinWeek By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   The numismatic hobby at the turn of the 20th century was much different than it is today. The pages of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist were filled with familiar faces and names. It was a club magazine in the truest sense. This […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 17: Importance of 4th Sale to Collectors who Cannot Afford the Coins

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 17: Importance of 4th Sale to Collectors who Cannot Afford the Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #332 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. The fourth in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection will be conducted on Tuesday, May 24, by Stack’s Bowers in association with Sotheby’s. The […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT We thought May would be a decent month. So far, it’s turning out to be a record-breaking month! Again, late January thought early March was a “perfect storm” of negativity from the coin market (as well as oil, stocks, etc). Prices certainly fell sharply during […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the Byzantine Empire is fascinating and complex. Unfortunately, it’s not a familiar topic to many Americans. Numismatically, it’s an exceedingly rich field of study, and the next woman […]

Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they know that you are in a situation of […]

Silver Stacking 101 – DON’T PANIC!

Silver Stacking 101 – DON’T PANIC!

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. If I was given a $1 bill for every lament I’ve heard from those who bought physical silver just before the spot price dropped once the purchase was made, I could fill a briefcase with portraits of George Washington. So what if silver drops $1 or $2 after you […]

Coin Board News – Number 39

Coin Board News – Number 39

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 39 — Summer 2016 SPECIAL INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE! Several issues of CBN have gone by without a list of boards for sale, but the drought is finally over. In the absence of significant new purchases, I’m taking this opportunity to […]

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. I’ve been home about a week from my trip to Thailand where CoinWeek was invited to be a presenter at the XXIX World Mint Director’s Conference. I have to say that the Royal Thai Mint did a fantastic job hosting the event in the heart of Bangkok, a world-class […]

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

 News and Analysis regarding scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #331 A Weekly Analytical CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. There are eight design types of half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins). For a total of less than $60,000, a complete type set may be assembled, with all coins having been certified by […]

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Coin designers extraordinaire and the sixth and seventh Chief Engravers of the United States Mint, respectively. Two British transplants of the same generation–Barber from London, Morgan from Birmingham–whose careers brought them together creating American coins. Two men who rather famously did […]

CoinWeek Podcast #29: Talking German Coins with Ron Guth – Audio: 19:40

CoinWeek Podcast #29: Talking German Coins with Ron Guth – Audio: 19:40

CoinWeek Podcast #29: Talking German Coins with Ron Guth Germany’s numismatic history offers adventurous collectors large helpings of variety and complexity, but where does one start if they’d like to delve deeply into Deutschland’s monetary past? In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, Charles Morgan talks to 2014 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Numismatist of the […]

National Treasure – Was Colonial Treasure Buried in Philly?

National Treasure – Was Colonial Treasure Buried in Philly?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……….   Amid the many historical sites and abundance of artifacts from the American Revolution to be found in the heart of Philly, you may also find a stash of Spanish gold and silver coins somewhere. A mysterious letter that dates to 300 years ago may hold clues to […]

Gold Buffalo and Gold Eagle Coins: Timeless American Design

Gold Buffalo and Gold Eagle Coins: Timeless American Design

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   The United States Mint has really committed itself to the investment-grade bullion game in recent decades, producing and supporting a handful of very popular series, two of them being Gold Eagles and Gold Buffalos. And much like the American Silver Eagle–the official bullion coin of the United States–both […]

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   If you collect modern U. S. coins, then you collect commemoratives. Today, practically every coin the United States Mint produces commemorates someone or something. There’s a president on the obverse of every denomination, including Presidential $1 coins. The reverse of the quarter has been especially busy over the […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Front Facing Portraiture

Ancient Greek Coins – Front Facing Portraiture

 An apparently unique variety (the only specimen known with this magistrate name) of an extremely rare type. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Undoubtedly the finest specimen known of this wonderful issue bearing one of the finest facing portraits of the Greek coinage. Of extraordinary late Classical style and with a […]

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Being in a rush when buying or selling coins will lead to poor results. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from collectors is about how long to hold before selling. This seems like a simple question, but the answer can be much more involved. Nearly all collectors pursue numismatics because they enjoy […]

The Coin Analyst – The 2016 GOP Presidential Race and the Gold Standard

The Coin Analyst – The 2016 GOP Presidential Race and the Gold Standard

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   As happened four years ago when Ron Paul and other GOP presidential candidates came out in support of a new gold standard–it was even included in the 2012 GOP platform–several candidates have expressed support for the idea during the current GOP presidential race. Ted Cruz and the gold […]

Anti-Counterfeiting: New Techs Fight Fake Coins

Anti-Counterfeiting: New Techs Fight Fake Coins

By Steven Cochran for Gainesville Coins ……   As The Royal Mint begins production of a new 12-sided £1 coin made with their recently-patented anti-counterfeiting measures, it seems like a good time to look at some of the recent technologies being used to fight fake coins. Quitting the Old Quid The Royal Mint’s campaign to […]

Interpreting Auction Prices for PCGS & NGC “MS-66” Barber Quarter Type Coins

Interpreting Auction Prices for PCGS & NGC “MS-66” Barber Quarter Type Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #330 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   This discussion is aimed at a wide audience, not just prospective buyers of Barber quarters. Indeed, the broader implications of interpreting auction results for type coins over a five-year period are of interest […]

Classic US Coins – A Unique Treasure, Wonderful Gem Proof 1833 Half Eagle

Classic US Coins – A Unique Treasure, Wonderful Gem Proof 1833 Half Eagle

Only Proof Certified by PCGS By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   David Akers: “My favorite Pittman Collection coin” One of the most marvelous of the D. Brent Pogue Collection coins is this ultra-quality 1833 Large Date half eagle, Proof-67–the only Proof of this date ever certified by PCGS. The combination of […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Pulls Back over China and the Dollar

Gold Markets Report – Gold Pulls Back over China and the Dollar

Commentary for Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $7.30 today on the Comex at $1287.40. This will disappoint the over $1300.00 crowd but there is a great deal going on and most of it is not obvious.   It’s funny […]

Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty half dollar is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced in the United States, and Collectors have long respected it as one of the great American […]

 
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