Doug Winter Numismatics

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The recently concluded Heritage sale was not really a stellar offering from this firm. Falling after the outstanding array of coins sold at the 2011 FUN auction and occurring before what is likely to be a solid group at the Central States sale in late April/early May, the Sacramento auction […]

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

As the research I am doing for the third edition of my book “Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861″ comes together, I am learning some interesting things about the availability of each issue, especially in higher grades. I thought it might be interesting to share some of what I’ve learned about high grade gold […]

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head half eagles were produced from 1839 until they were discontinued in 1908. This long-lived series is becoming popular with collectors who are attracted to these coins because of their history and rarity. This article is an attempt to make sense of the Liberty Head half eagle series for the beginning and intermediate collector. […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’m busy updating my Dahlonega gold book (I hope to be finished with the manuscript in 45 days or so) and in honor of My Dahlonega Obsession, I thought it would be fun, or at least moderately amusing, to share some of my recent findings in the form of a […]

By February 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two newly discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles in the Heritage 2011 Platinum Night session of the FUN auction give interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to the discovery of these two coins, which were graded MS63 and […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Even the most available pre-1933 United States gold coin has some degree of “rarity.” A coin like a 1924 or 1927 St. Gaudens double eagle might have a total population in the 10,000’s and this certainly does not mean it is rare but in comparison to, say, a modern coin, […]

By February 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are some of these tips along with a bot of pertinent […]

By January 31, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The first part of this article, published at the end of December 2010, discussed some of my favorite little-known United States gold coins in the dollar, quarter eagle and three dollar denominations. In the second and final part of this series, I’m going to look at some of the more […]

By January 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a buyer of rare gold coins, nothing makes me happier than seeing choice AU58 pieces with original color and surfaces. I love “Gem Sliders” as these coins tend to have better eye appeal than most MS60 to MS63’s and are typically priced at a much lower level. They can […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century United States gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of the most popular blogs to ever appear on www.raregoldcoins.com and I was pleased to get the […]

By January 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

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, St. 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 of […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

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. With the […]

By January 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
A Quick 2011 FUN Rare Gold Coin Sale Analysis

A Quick 2011 FUN Rare Gold Coin Sale Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The 2011 Heritage FUN Sale contained some of the most interesting and freshest coins that have appeared at auction in the last few years. Yes, there were some retreads, some low-end “stuff” and some run-of-the-mill lots, but there were also some really exceptional coins; most of which could be found […]

By January 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the things about the Christmas/New Year’s holidays is that they are a time of remembrance. If you are a coin dealer (and if you’ve been one for as long as I have…) this is a good time to sit around and get all nostalgic about interesting coins that […]

By January 3, 2011 0 Comments Read 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 of double […]

By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Proof-Only Gold Coins

Proof-Only Gold Coins

Important Type Three Proof Liberty Head double eagles in the upcoming 2011 FUN auction got me to thinking about. What are these coins, why are they important and do they deserve the market premiums they enjoy?

By December 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Which Civil War Gold Coins Will Be Promoted in 2011?

Which Civil War Gold Coins Will Be Promoted in 2011?

I don’t consider myself to be a real pro when it comes to rare coin promotion but even I know a no-brainer when I see it. 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, you can bet that rare coin promotion gurus who […]

By December 7, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Fab Five Type Three $20 Liberty Head Double Eagles

The Fab Five Type Three $20 Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There are five ultra-low mintage Type Three Liberty Head double eagles that were produced for circulation during the 1880’s and 1890’s. These five issues have not necessarily received the attention that the so-called Fab Five late date St. Gaudens double eagles (the 1929, 1930-S, 1931, 1931-D and 1932) have but […]

By December 1, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

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 November 26, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In the Bowers and Merena November 2010 Baltimore auction, a business strike 1875 half eagle sold without a lot of fanfare for a lot of money. I think this was one of the most significant individual sales in the rare gold coin market in 2010 and I’d like to spend […]

By November 26, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com For many years, it’s been no secret that I haven’t been a big fan of the 1857-S double eagles that trace their origin from the famous S.S. Central America shipwreck. I’ve written that price levels of these coins haven’t made sense to me and I’ve have had problems with their […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: AU58 New Orleans Eagles –  A Case Study

US Gold Coins: AU58 New Orleans Eagles – A Case Study

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Take two 1842-O Liberty Head eagles in NGC AU58. One is worth $11,500 and gets multiple orders on my website within hours of being posted. The other sells in an auction for $6,325 and is a marginal value. Why is one coin worth nearly twice as much as the other […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I recently bought and sold a seemingly innocuous 1859-D quarter eagle that had a great degree of numismatic significance. Before I explain why, let me give you a little background on the specific coin and on this issue in general. This 1859-D quarter eagle has been graded as Fine-15 by […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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