Doug Winter

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. Having just published a blog about coin rarity based on grade distribution, I’ve been thinking more about the many concepts of rarity and how they apply to coin collecting. Let’s take a look at a few and discuss them. Rarity is probably one of the two […]

By December 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. It is interesting to study the grade distribution patterns for various branch mint gold issues. By this, I am referring to what percentage of a certain issue’s survivors exist in a specific grade range. In order to apply this to a practical numismatic situation, I am […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

An Open Letter to Doug Winter – November 16, 2013 ………… Hi Doug, On the day following the Eric Newman Part II early silver auction, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done for the hobby over these years. In internet parlance, I’ve been a lurker, someone who follows a […]

By November 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I’m freshly returned from Dallas, where I attended a spectacular coin dealer wedding, and combined the nuptials with viewing the remarkable silver coins that are being sold on behalf of Eric P. Newman. I spent close to two full days viewing, and it was one of […]

By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve done an in-depth article on any Carson City gold coins and, as they are the most popular issues from this mint, I thought this would be a good time to write about the double eagles from Carson City. Before we […]

By October 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What Killed the New Orleans Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Market?

What Killed the New Orleans Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you had asked me a decade ago which series of New Orleans gold coin had the most upside potential I would have replied, “quarter eagles.” This was a series which has everything going for it. It is short-lived (a total of 14 issues were struck […]

By September 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
And The Winner For Most Popular Coin Is….

And The Winner For Most Popular Coin Is….

I bought a ton of coins at the recent ANA. They ranged in price from under $1,000 to close to $100,000 and nearly all have been sold on my website in the two+ weeks since the end of the show. One coin garnered more attention than any other. It was ordered no less than eleven […]

By September 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The 1854-S Double Eagle US Gold Coin: A Study

The 1854-S Double Eagle US Gold Coin: A Study

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The 1854-S double eagle is one of the most interesting Liberty Head double eagles. It is widely acclaimed by collectors due to its status as the first double eagle from this mint, and the rarity of the quarter eagle and half eagle from this year makes […]

By September 6, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You know how I feel about Coin show reports. They tend to be self-serving, inaccurate, biased as hell, and generally not very interesting. Which is why I stopped writing them a few years ago. But most readers of this blog want to know about my experiences […]

By August 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the possibility of starting […]

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog discussing specific undervalued, affordable gold coins. This is a topic which has proven popular in the past and, unless I’m mistaken, some of my suggested sleeper issues have grown dramatically in popularity—and price—in the last few years. […]

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As recently as a few years ago, if you asked me “should I buy very rare United States gold coins in low(er) grades” I would have resoundingly answered “no!”  But, as with so many things in life, perspectives change and my answer to this question has […]

United States Gold Coins with Multiple Levels of Demand

United States Gold Coins with Multiple Levels of Demand

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… A trend that I have noted in recent years is that a subset of gold issues which have what I refer to as Multiple Levels of Demand (MLD). These are coins with more than one potential set of buyers competing for them. As an example, a coin such as […]

Advice to a Young Coin Dealer

Advice to a Young Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… The Professional Numismatist Guild (PNG) recently announced the establishment of the Edward Milas Memorial Fund which creates internships at established firms for as many as four qualified dealers/aspiring dealers aged 21-32. These internships are scheduled to be available by next summer. I applaud the PNG for the creation of […]

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… In the world of rare American gold coins there tends to be two distinct camps: date collectors and type collectors. I have traditionally been a date collector and tend to value scarce/rare issues as opposed to more common issues in higher grades. But I’m beginning to become more interested […]

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… While it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the survival rate of Proof United States gold coinage, some factors exist that help to determine the rarity of many issues. It is interesting to analyze these factors and apply them to the various denominations. For the most part, Proof […]

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… I often make buying decisions based on a coin’s popularity. As an example, I will buy a coin like an 1839-O quarter eagle for stock because it is popular and I know it will sell. But I might pass on a rarer coin like an 1862-S quarter eagle because […]

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around the  floor at a show, you may not notice this (many […]

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

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 the recent Central States 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, […]

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a few years since I’ve written in depth about the Type One double eagle market. But in double eagle time “a few years” is equal to a considerable amount of time when compared to other less popular series. This is a changing, dynamic market which […]

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick and painless for both myself and the buyer, got me to thinking: can a coin get bad karma and if it does what does it take for it to […]

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression, some make me pause for a moment before I resume looking at more coins and a small number get me to stop everything else I’m doing (I’m a notorious […]

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

By guest blogger Robert Kanterman for Doug Winter Numismatics …… I’d like to thank long-time DWN client and personal friend Robert “RYK” Kanterman for writing this excellent study on some of the potential avenues for the PCGS Set Registry which are available to collectors of 19th (and early 20th century) gold coinage. Robert’s suggestions are […]

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The City by the Bay gets my vote as by far the nicest city in which the U.S. Mint ever struck coins. San Francisco is a cultural hotspot with museums galore and a long history of supporting the arts. It relishes its history, isn’t afraid of […]

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you have a numismatic budget of $2,000-10,000 per coin and you want to explore a series that is reasonably short in duration but long on challenges, I’d strongly suggest No Motto half eagles from New Orleans. Let’s take a brief look at this area of […]

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you pass […]

What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… After 25+ years of encapsulating coins and 50+ million submissions, it is clear that PCGS and NGC have had a huge impact on the way we view coin rarity. I have personally learned many things: which coins are rare and which are not; which coins are […]

By February 26, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At a typical coin show, I buy between 25 and 75 new coins. I like every coin  I buy and I always think think that they have something worthwhile about them; something that will find them a new home. The majority of the new purchases  I […]

By February 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
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