Doug Winter Numismatics

San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner After many years of neglect, the Liberty Head gold coinage from the San Francisco mint is becoming popular with collectors. This makes sense as it is, for the most part, affordable and there is no denying the historic connotation(s) of the early issues. In my experience, one […]

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Coin prices are impacted by a number of factors. The most obvious of these are supply and demand. Simply put, if a coin has a greater degree of demand than available supply, the price is going to be strong. But what are some of the not-as-obvious factors […]

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… I have written a number of blogs in the past few years about how I price rare coins. Despite this, I still get many questions from new and experienced collectors about pricing. I’d like to share a specific coin that I recently handled and explain how I came up […]

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts, I have a fairly good idea what separates the masters from the wanna-bes. Experience, obviously, is part of the equation; but some of the best collectors I have ever seen are fairly new […]

By June 19, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner There are dozens of United States gold coins that are accorded a high degree of value for various reasons: first-year-of-issue, low mintage figures, beautiful design, strong collector appeal, etc. These are not always the “rarest” coins in a series and when the value-conscious collector looks at the […]

Good Values in Type Three Liberty Head Double Eagles

Good Values in Type Three Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Expert Contributor If you collect rare United States gold coins, you’ll notice that certain series have extremely compressed values. As an example, a common date Dahlonega half eagle grades EF45 might trade in the $2,300-2,600 range while the same date in AU50 often sells for a small premium; maybe […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in PCGS AU58 and […]

By April 10, 2012 12 Comments Read More →
Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor In the third installment of this multi-part article, I’m going to delve into a series that has its share of issues that are not often seen with good eye appeal: three dollar gold. As a series, there are not many individual issues that are rare […]

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

An Interesting Collecting Idea…a grading set of Dahlonega half eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor As I was getting ready to post a coin that will be for sale in today’s DWN E-Special (an 1846-D/D half eagle in PCGS VG8), it dawned on me that this piece could be the impetus for an interesting specialized collection: a grading set of […]

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The combination of history and numismatic significance makes the United Sates gold coins struck during the Civil War era (1861 to 1865) a fascinating possible collecting area for the sophisticated numismatist. Let’s take a look at each coin produced during this year and determine the most practical […]

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Coinweek Content Partner If you are a collector of rare date gold, you have probably noticed that there are distinct patterns of availability. In other words, certain coins may go from very unavailable to available over the course of time due to a number of reasons. How available are certain […]

How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the recent Schuyler Rumsey coin auction, there were a number of coins that I would define as “really special.” After the sale was over, I thought about the prices they brought and was initially pretty stunned. Upon further reflection, I still think that these coins brought […]

By February 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The San Francisco Surprise – Schuyler Rumsey Auction

The San Francisco Surprise – Schuyler Rumsey Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Around four or five months ago, I got wind of a soon-to-be-conducted rare gold coin auction in San Francisco (The Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Collection) that sounded interesting, to say the least. I heard that it contained long date runs of Liberty Head gold and it featured […]

By February 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, its not the Satanic […]

By February 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first part of this article, I discussed the ins and outs of assembling a year set of Liberty Head eagles from 1838 through 1866. In case you’ve already forgotten the premise, it’s that a collector can purchase one example of each year that this denomination/type was […]

By February 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Greatest Dahlonega Mint Quarter Eagle…..Ever

Greatest Dahlonega Mint Quarter Eagle…..Ever

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Unlike their gold dollar and half eagle counterparts, high grade Dahlonega quarter eagles are very rare. This denomination is extremely hard to find in Uncirculated grades and there are a number of dates, especially the rarities, that are virtually non-existent. That’s why a recent purchase of mine […]

By February 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part Two: Quarter Eagles

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part Two: Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first installment of this multi-part feature, I discussed some of the gold dollar issues that are rarely seen with good overall eye appeal. In this, the second part, I am going to look at quarter eagles that do not generally come with good eye appeal. […]

By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of these terms, I’d like […]

By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I can count on one hand the number of coin shows that, after close to three decades in the business, I still enjoy. The FUN show is one of them. It is well run, well-attended, and even when the market is just so-so, it tends to be […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner For most collectors, assembling a comlete set of Liberty Head eagles is a daunting task, to say the least. There are 184 different issues (including major varieties) struck from 1838 to 1907. While none of these individual coins is impossible to locate, many are rare to […]

By January 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner A popular feature of the www.raregoldcoins.com blog is the “what’s hot and what’s not” article that I write at the end of every year. As its the very end of what’s been an interesting and active year, let’s take a look at what was in demand […]

By January 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – CoinWeek Content Partner www.raregoldcoins.com As I was viewing auctions lots for Heritage’s 2012 FUN sale in Dallas the other day, I got to thinking about a topic that I think most gold coin collectors will find interesting: which issues are really hard to find with good eye appeal. I’ve decided to […]

By December 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner To my way of thinking, early gold coins (i.e., those struck prior to 1834) and among the most collectible and interesting areas in all of American numismatics. No, these coins aren’t cheap and they are, in reality, somewhat overvalued when you compare them to many mid-19th century […]

By December 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Art Basel Fair Versus The FUN Show: An Analysis

The Art Basel Fair Versus The FUN Show: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I recently returned from a week long trip to Miami where I attended the Art Basel art fair. I went primarily to look at art and to purchase some pieces for my collection but I also went to closely observe what has become the most significant art […]

By December 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Are Gem Type Two Gold Dollars Underpriced or Overpriced?

Are Gem Type Two Gold Dollars Underpriced or Overpriced?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I recently bought and sold a coin that I hadn’t handled in quite a few years: a Gem Type Two gold dollar. For those of us of a certain age, this is an exciting coin and one that got me to thinking: is this a type that […]

By November 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Some Thoughts on Proof Gold Survival Rates

Some Thoughts on Proof Gold Survival Rates

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com – CoinWeek Content Partner As someone who handles a decent amount of rare and interesting Proof gold coinage, I’ve been thinking about survival rates. I’d like to share some thoughts about typical survival rates and why certain issues don’t comply with the “basic laws.” First, a little background. The United […]

By November 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The NFL GM’s Theory of Coin Buying

The NFL GM’s Theory of Coin Buying

By Doug Winter  for RareGoldCoins.com Is it possible that a strategy used by the General Manager of your favorite National Football League team can be applied to building your collection? This might not be as much of a stretch as you are, no doubt, thinking – and I invite you to read this blog and […]

By November 10, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
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