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World Coins -The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

World Coins -The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Mention Costa Rica, and images of natural beauty, rain forests and a popular retirement destination for Americans comes to mind. Like most small nations, coinage of Costa Rica has a very low profile in the numismatic community. That means an interesting history of coinage is largely overlooked, and the collector who wants […]

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in a PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing […]

By December 10, 20160 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to Your Gift List This Year

COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to Your Gift List This Year

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a […]

By November 15, 20164 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies – Don’t Lose These Little Small World Silver Coins

Collecting Strategies – Don’t Lose These Little Small World Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Accumulating silver bullion is a satisfying task, but there’s much more to the metal than sheer ounces. Coins are full of art and history, and those elements often lead to collecting. When examining the whole spectrum of silver, it’s natural to wonder why dozens of nations have issued small world silver coins  […]

World Mints : Some silver coins you may not have considered but should.

World Mints : Some silver coins you may not have considered but should.

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   The World Mints produce a variety of Silver Coins for collectors and investors. Silver hasn’t served as a regular medium of exchange in any nation for more than 40 years, which means much of what is currently being struck is focused on rounds and bars for investors in the metal. Here’s the […]

World Coins –  Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

World Coins – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Ask an American numismatist to describe silver commemorative coinage, and one of two possibilities will emerge. Younger people are likely to mention the silver dollar “commems” that have been struck since 1983, while more experienced hobbyists will point to the commemorative half dollars of 1892 to 1954. Despite the difference in eras, […]

Silver Stacking – Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

Silver Stacking – Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Whether they admit it or not, silver stackers get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to a few 100-ounce bars at a time. While “stacking” is enjoyable, it’s possible to get two forms of entertainment from the process. Thousands of different one-ounce silver rounds and […]

By September 22, 20163 Comments Read More →
Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s a short but focused area of U.S. Numismatics: Coins and notes with a strong message of freedom and independence. These pieces go well beyond the ubiquitous portraits of an allegorical Miss Liberty, and they can be found at every price point on the spectrum. A pair of […]

Don’t Get Fixated On Spot Price When Buying Silver Coins

Don’t Get Fixated On Spot Price When Buying Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Silver investors tend to check the current spot price before making a purchase of silver coins. That’s a logical starting point, as the cost for physical metal is usually – but not always – related to spot. Don’t expect former premiums to remain in place when spot plunges. […]

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   If a professional numismatist is known as “Mr. Commem”, then it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of reasoning applies to Anthony Swiatek, but his interest in the field extends far beyond […]

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 […]

World Coins – Go South of the Border with Mexican Silver Coins

World Coins – Go South of the Border with Mexican Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Need something a bit different and artistic to satisfy your silver fix? Look no further than Mexico. Currently one of three nations with silver production of more than 100 million ounces annually, Mexico has a long history of silver coinage. Much of the money in circulation in America […]

Silver Coins –  Why Every American Should Own Silver

Silver Coins – Why Every American Should Own Silver

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Every American should own at least a little silver. No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that? If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea… It’s […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: “Stop buying so many coins.” Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin enthusiasts cheerfully joke about needing to satisfy their “addiction” on a regular basis, so why […]

Silver Coins –  Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

Silver Coins – Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   At current spot prices in the $15/ounce range, silver isn’t the screaming bargain it was over a decade ago when the metal’s peak for the year was $5.05/ounce on July 22, 2002. Despite silver’s higher price point today, economic observers still say it’s still a good value based […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   How does a person move from being a bullion investor to a collector? It’s not an either/or choice, as both options can be pursued simultaneously. Genuine concern about the declining value of the dollar is what normally motivates investors to purchase gold and silver. The beaming luster, various […]

By February 29, 20161 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

A Series on Budget Coin Collecting where anyone can enjoy building a collection of coins By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ….   For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by […]

By February 26, 20160 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ……   Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes […]

By February 22, 20160 Comments Read More →
World Coins – The Latin Monetary Union Gold Coins

World Coins – The Latin Monetary Union Gold Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20-franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 and implemented […]

By February 19, 20160 Comments Read More →
World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   As with the 20-unit gold coins issued by France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and other members of the Latin Monetary Union of 1865 to 1927, silver pieces of uniform size and weight denominated in various national currencies were struck to facilitate cross-border commerce. Budget-minded collectors who are priced out of obtaining U.S. silver […]

By February 16, 20160 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies –  Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

Coin Collecting Strategies – Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors. Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars. So […]

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars […]

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Who would have guessed that starting a coin club would lead to nearly 40 years of constant but enjoyable work? Along with the late Kam Awash, John McCloskey played a significant role in founding the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1973. This was well before many of today’s specialized […]

By December 22, 20150 Comments Read More →
Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Please click here to read Part One of this Article …… Collectors with a “hard money” mentality who want to go beyond familiar series such as the American Silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf have a growing number of options when it comes to one-ounce silver pieces. It could […]

By December 14, 20152 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies –  Competing At The $100 Level

Coin Collecting Strategies – Competing At The $100 Level

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   One of the most important issues in coin collecting strategies is to find a financial comfort zone and work within those parameters. For some numismatists, anything over $10 might be a stretch, while others can write five and six-figure checks with little concern. How about a more typical […]

By December 10, 20150 Comments Read More →
THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show […]

By November 25, 20150 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It seems that the standard date and mintmark/Whitman folder method of coin collecting seldom works […]

By November 22, 20152 Comments Read More →
 
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