Doug Winter Numismatics

Coin Grading – Six “Ruined” US Gold Coin Liberty Head Issues

Coin Grading – Six “Ruined” US Gold Coin Liberty Head Issues

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The powers that be at PCGS and NGC have never sat down and said “let’s deliberately ruin such and such US Gold Coin issue by mis-attributing them or miscalculating them.” Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened with a number of important U.S. gold coins. […]

Why Are US Gold Coins with Original Color and Surfaces So Rare?

Why Are US Gold Coins with Original Color and Surfaces So Rare?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …..   Many collectors of 19th-century rare date U.S. gold coins (finally) appreciated with natural color and choice surfaces. I’m not sure that there’s an actual consensus among these collectors about what “natural” color actually is but I, for one, am glad to see dirty gold more […]

The Three Kings: The Proof-Only Double Eagles Dated 1883, 1884 and 1887

The Three Kings: The Proof-Only Double Eagles Dated 1883, 1884 and 1887

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   Continuing my fascination with Proof-only issues, I’d like to discuss the rare Proof-only double eagles dated 1883, 1884 and 1887. These issues are not all that well-known outside of Type Three Liberty Head collectors and I think they merit more than a passing mention. Beginning in 1881, production […]

US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most […]

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 […]

US Gold Coins – Proof Only Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coins

US Gold Coins – Proof Only Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ………   Important Type Three Proof Liberty Head double eagles often come up in auction, and that got me to thinking… What are these coins, why are they important and do they deserve the market premiums they enjoy? A Proof-only coin is an issue that exists only in a Proof-only […]

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   A total of 17 half eagles were produced at the New Orleans mint between 1840 and 1909. Focusing on the No Motto Liberty Head issues (struck between 1840 and 1857) there are at least five issues which I would call “rare” (i.e., fewer than 100 […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at a recent major coin show. But you know something? I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, hotel and […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Type Collector’s Dilemma

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Type Collector’s Dilemma

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   I had an interesting conversation with a collector earlier this week about coin collecting strategies, a subject with widespread interest. I think it bears repeating and it deserves some discussion. After reading this, I hope you will share some of your comments/thoughts below. The collector I […]

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …….   The 1838-C and 1838-D half eagle US Gold Coins are famous issues for similar reasons: they are first-year-of-issue coins and they both feature mintmarks on the obverse. They are issues with multiple levels of demand, and they have shown strong upsurges in popularity and price […]

US Coin Collecting  – Thoughts on Originality

US Coin Collecting – Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. […]

US Gold Coins –  A Rarity Study of Civil War $10 Gold Eagles

US Gold Coins – A Rarity Study of Civil War $10 Gold Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……….   A Rarity Study of Civil War $10 US Gold Coins This is the first of potentially many articles which focus on rarity and Condition Census information in the Liberty Head eagle series. The first sub-group I’m going to focus on is the 11 Civil War […]

By February 23, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Sponsors Pledge Support for the 2016 ANA National Money Show in Dallas

Sponsors Pledge Support for the 2016 ANA National Money Show in Dallas

It takes a village to put on a first-class coin show. Thanks to the support of 14 dedicated sponsors, the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) National Money Show is guaranteed to be one of the biggest, most educational numismatic events of the year. The show is scheduled for March 3-5 in Dallas, at the Kay Bailey […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ………   When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, Saint-Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

By February 1, 2016 7 Comments Read More →
What’s Hot and What’s Not – The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not – The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   As is tradition at DWN, at the end of every year we summarize our experiences buying and selling choice and rare United States gold coins and attempt to predict what will be the “hot” and “not so hot” areas in the market. We base this primarily […]

By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date? So why, then, do these series lag such non-gold 20th-century designs as the Lincoln Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime and Walking Liberty Half Dollar when it comes to numbers of active set collectors? I can think of […]

By December 26, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – What are Coins with Character?

US Gold Coins – What are Coins with Character?

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline “Coins with Character”. This has been the official motto of Douglas Winter Numismatics for many years, and I am often asked by collectors “what are coins with character?” There is no simple answer, […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906

US Gold Coins – A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   Earlier this fall I wrote the first part of this article, which discussed the No Motto eagles from the New Orleans mint. (You can find the full article here.) This second part focuses on the With Motto eagles from the Crescent City. Production of eagles at […]

By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Two

US Gold Coins – Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Two

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ………. At the recent 2015 ANA convention, I was able to purchase a number of really exciting choice and rare 18th and 19th century United States gold coins. Some of these never made my website; others did and sold quickly. In the latter category was a fresh-to-the-market […]

By September 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA  Part One

US Gold Coins – Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ………. Without fail, the annual ANA convention brings out many great coins. Some of these are old friends; others are new to the market. Many of the best coins I buy at major shows never make it onto my website, but they deserve attention. Two of the […]

By August 29, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
U.S. Gold Coins – Collector Tips – What Original Gold Coins Look Like?

U.S. Gold Coins – Collector Tips – What Original Gold Coins Look Like?

1807 Bust Left $5.00 Graded AU55+ by PCGS By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …..   Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century U.S. gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of my most […]

By August 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collections – The Duckor Gold Dollars

Coin Collections – The Duckor Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …………….. In all of my years of being a professional numismatist, I have met few collectors who “get it” the way Steve Duckor does. Steve is a generous, gracious individual who is easy to deal with and who has a great eye. When he decides to tackle […]

Five Coins That Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

Five Coins That Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com…. CoinWeek Content Partner   Prior to the actual Pogue I sale (held in New York on May 19), I wondered if it were possible for a sale with only 128 lots to have coins actually fly under the radar. With the benefit of a week’s worth of hindsight, I’d say […]

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

US Gold Coins – CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   As I wrote in an earlier article, CAC populations have created a new category of rarity: the appearance rarity, which is most akin to traditional condition rarity. A scan of the most recent CAC populations reveals a number of coins which are very surprising to me as appearance rarities. In […]

The Pogue Quarter Eagles: A Post-Auction Analysis

The Pogue Quarter Eagles: A Post-Auction Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   As the early half dollars in the Pogue sale were hammered down–some at levels lower than I expected–I turned to my client/friend seated beside me and told him we might actually be able to buy some of the early quarter eagles; prices are really reasonable for the silver, and opening […]

Pogue, Part 1: Postmortem, Dealer Take-Aways, and the Sale as an “Event”

Pogue, Part 1: Postmortem, Dealer Take-Aways, and the Sale as an “Event”

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. A light round of applause met the $2,000,000 hammer price that lot 1128–a rare 1808 quarter eagle–brought at Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s joint offering of the D. Brent Pogue Family Collection. The coin, once part of Congressman Jimmy Hayes well-regarded type set, closed the door on the first of seven […]

A Dozen Undervalued United States Gold Coins Priced Below $7,500: 2015 Edition

A Dozen Undervalued United States Gold Coins Priced Below $7,500: 2015 Edition

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com   It’s been quite a while since I wrote an article about the topic of affordable, undervalued 19th century U.S. gold coins, and I think it’s time to do a more current version of this article. I’m going to change things up ever so slightly this time and include some market […]

More Cool Coins! March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo – March 2015. Video: 8:38

More Cool Coins! March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo – March 2015. Video: 8:38

We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore is too big a show for just one Cool Coins! segment. Well, you’re right about that. We saved the best and most curious cool coins for this More Cool Coins! video. Behold: Russ Augustin (AU Capital Management), a rare Blake & Company […]

By April 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How Rare Are Choice High-Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

How Rare Are Choice High-Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Since I wrote the first of my three editions of Dahlonega gold books over two decades ago, I’ve sought to constantly remind collectors that truly choice, high-grade (in this instance high-grade equates to coins which grade AU55 and above) Dahlonega half eagles are rare, regardless of how […]

 
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