Al Doyle

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 →
World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

By Al Doyle  for CoinWeek….   One of the main reasons for the introduction of the 50 States Quarters in 1999 (along with more recent facelifts of the Lincoln cent and Jefferson nickel) was the age of those U.S. series. Seeing the “same old same old” in pocket change for 65 to 100 years resulted […]

By November 17, 20151 Comments Read More →
HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This overview of the one-year type coins (not commemoratives) of the 20th century includes silver and base-metal pieces, and many of these short-lived […]

By November 13, 20150 Comments Read More →
Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Imagine an island of 221 square miles that doesn’t have its own mint. Even with those obstacles, the Isle of Man issues a wide range of coins ranging from low-value circulation strikes to ongoing series of silver and gold pieces. The privately owned Pobjoy Mint cranks out coinage for the self-governing British Crown Dependency located […]

By November 11, 20153 Comments Read More →
LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s no secret that collectors at every level are drawn to low-mintage dates like dogs to a meat wagon. Hundreds of pages of mintage figures (low ones, to be specific) is one of the factors that keeps the Red Book a success after more than 65 years. There’s one dilemma that often […]

World Coins – Here Today and Gone Immediately PART 1

World Coins – Here Today and Gone Immediately PART 1

One-year world type coins of the 1800s By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   American coin collectors are naturally attracted to one-year type coins. This category includes the incredibly affordable 1883 Liberty no-cents nickel, the very rare (mintage 6146) and costly 1796 Draped Bust small eagle reverse quarter and a smattering of other issues. Likewise, the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies – Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Mention Mercury or Winged Liberty Head dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind. Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to be neglected. […]

By September 30, 20150 Comments Read More →
Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Are you a collector or an investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what […]

By September 1, 20150 Comments Read More →
The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Six- and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, […]

Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s potentially one of the bigger – but least publicized – issues involving the purchase of precious metals, rare coins and every other item sold by mail order. In the political world’s never-ending quest for more money, Congress is giving serious consideration to forcing merchants to collect sales tax […]

Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Merchants from mom and pop stores to national chains are fighting a losing battle with lower sales volume. Are there any exceptions to the general trend? Stock what people want, and they’ll beat a path to your door or web site. So what is hot in the current retail environment? Take a look […]

By February 16, 20143 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: The Financially Painless Way To Collect Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: The Financially Painless Way To Collect Gold Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   The appeal of gold is universal, and it has nothing to do with the state of one’s finances. A desire to own the metal coupled with a small budget can be especially frustrating, but there are ways to play the gold game without large sums of cash. Even though it hasn’t been […]

By December 17, 20131 Comments Read More →
Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the mind of collectors. There were a higher than average number of other low-mintage coins issued a century ago. Buffalo nickels debuted in 1913 and are hugely popular with 21st century collectors. That […]

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine a vast nation with a long and fascinating history of numismatic issues. Does that sound like an introduction for an overview of U.S. coinage? Guess again. The coins of Russia have a large collector following both internally and internationally. Eye appeal always plays a major role in popularity, and the Cyrillic lettering […]

By November 18, 20134 Comments Read More →
The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains 12.66 ounces of silver, and it can be pursued by everyone from those with meager funds to numismatists who […]

By November 15, 20133 Comments Read More →
Got A Low Numismatic Budget ?  Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ? Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Does that headline sound insane? How can a collector with limited funds even think of obtaining something from the jaw-dropping Eric P. Newman collection? It should be obvious that I’m not advising Joe Lunchbucket to bid on the 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle quarter certified as MS-67* by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (all […]

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Why be sneaky and come up with all kinds of tricks to hide an item when the same thing can be achieved in plain sight? That’s the story of the $1 Federal Reserve note. When a piece of money is used on a constant basis by everyone from young children to Depression-era […]

Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. Mint has issued commemorative coins tied to the 1892-93 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (often referred to as the St. Louis Worlds’s Fair) and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Why wouldn’t numismatists pursue these historic pieces? A look at current values provides a big reality […]

BITCOIN VS. GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIAT MONEY

BITCOIN VS. GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIAT MONEY

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Many freedom-oriented people are skeptical about long-term prospects for the U.S. dollar and other fiat currencies, which means they often invest in gold and silver while seeking other monetary alternatives. Let’s take a moment to define terms before proceeding. Fiat currencies are unbacked by precious metals or other […]

SILVER 101 – CHECK THOSE SILVER DOLLAR PREMIUMS

SILVER 101 – CHECK THOSE SILVER DOLLAR PREMIUMS

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……. The situation in the silver bullion market is interesting, to say the least. Many voices are saying this is the time to buy with low spot prices, but those who expect to pay something close to a paper (not real) value get a rude awakening when they discover that […]

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   Imagine being very wealthy – possibly a billionaire according to some accounts. If a person had that kind of capital, what coins would they buy? At a minimum, some rolls of $20 Libertys and Saint-Gaudens would make a nice stash for a high roller. If rare coins are […]

SILVER 101/SCROUNGING AND SCUFFLING

SILVER 101/SCROUNGING AND SCUFFLING

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   The recent plunge in silver spot prices motivated a large number of buyers to search for physical product. There has been one glaring problem: Supplies were on the thin side even before spot dropped, and why would silver owners sell the metal at $23 spot when they had […]

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

Is it possible to combine doom and gloom, sound money, good versus evil, shootouts, a creative plot and animation? That’s a summary of Silver Circle, the new film from Two Lanterns Media. The Federal Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and America’s central banker has gone from an under the radar entity to a […]

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Anyone with even a marginal interest in precious metals is aware of the brutal beatdown in gold and silver spot prices over the past four days. From its April 12 London close of $1535.50, gold fell off the cliff to $1395, with an even lower close of $1352.60 in […]

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… What will the bullion markets look like when silver reaches $100 an ounce? Some would say the previous sentence is an exercise in optimism by silver bugs. How does $1000 an ounce sound? That doesn’t mean silver investors would rule the world if this scenario came to pass, as […]

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   The Liberty Dollar – a one-ounce silver medallion that attracted the attention and wrath of the federal government and resulted in a pending prison sentence for its creator – is back in a revised form. Although the New Liberty Dollar retains the main design elements of a Liberty head […]

Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Many numismatists have been forced to adopt cautious spending habits when it comes to buying coins as the U.S. economy and employment market stumbles along. Even lean times don’t diminish a strong collecting instinct, but having less disposable income means fewer impulse purchases and a greater emphasis on seeking […]

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

by Al Doyle When it comes to being iconic in numismatic circles, nothing can top A Guide Book to United States Coins, universally known as the Red Book. This brightly colored source of information is often the first coin book bought by collectors, and hobby veterans are known to have decades worth of annual issues […]

 
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