Greg Reynolds

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #63 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 20th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the jury reached a verdict in the ten day trial regarding the title of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The coin collecting community was horrified […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #62 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 7th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, a trial began regarding the fate of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The U.S. Treasury Department is pitted against the Switt-Langbord family. This trail […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, part 2, early gold

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, part 2, early gold

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #61 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The official auction of the Summer FUN Convention was conducted by Heritage on July 7th and 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Last week, I wrote about the convention in general and about […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, with emphasis upon dimes and quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, with emphasis upon dimes and quarters

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #60 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The official auction of the Summer FUN Convention will be conducted by Heritage on July 7th and 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. There are numerous worthwhile coins in this auction, including some desirable […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Dimes

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #59 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The U.S. Mint has produced dimes almost every year since 1796. Until 1964, dimes consisted of an alloy of 90% silver and 10% copper. (Actually, dimes produced from 1796 to the first part of 1837 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin community #58 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about copper and silver U.S. coins in the Stack’s-Bowers auction event that just ended. It was conducted from June 14th to June 18th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The current topics are U.S. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #57 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In my columns of April 6th and of April 13th, I wrote about the first auction by the recently formed Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers-ANR entity. In my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, I discussed the merger that […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #56 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic this week is a selection of the coins sold in the Heritage auction at the June Long Beach Expo in Los Angeles County. Over the last half dozen years, Heritage has conducted a few […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #55 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Dr. Robert Hesselgesser assembled one of the all-time most complete collections of regular issue, bust silver dollars. On Monday, May 30th, the firm of the Goldbergs auctioned Hesselgesser’s set of bust silver dollars at the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #54 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Two Cent Pieces are interesting and fun to collect. Last week, I wrote about Three Cent Nickels. Those who never heard of Three Cent Nickels have probably never heard of Two Cent Pieces either. Unlike Three […]

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #53 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds More than twenty years ago, there was a rage for Three Cent Nickels. During the rare coin boom from 2002 to 2008, however, hardly anyone mentioned Three Cent Nickels. Sure, many Three Cent Nickels quietly increased in value […]

Twelve Months of Writing a Weekly Column on Coin Rarities & Related Topics

Twelve Months of Writing a Weekly Column on Coin Rarities & Related Topics

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #52 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I previously wrote hundreds of articles about coins over a period of many years, I am startled by the fact that it is now been nearly a whole year since my weekly column commenced. In […]

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #51 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On the evening of Tuesday, May3rd, the firm of Spink-Smythe auctioned the ‘Magnolia Collection‘ in New York. A 1795 Eagle ($10 gold coin) sold for a record $379,600. This sale was a small, quaint, fun auction, much […]

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #50 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I have been asked why markets in rare or very scarce U.S. gold coins have not dramatically increased as the value of gold bullion (the price of the metal itself) has soared over the past […]

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #49 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I often write about topics of interest to knowledgeable collectors, today’s column is aimed at beginners and at other collectors who buy “Choice” or “Gem Uncirculated” uncertified coins. I am concerned that some advertisers […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #48 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported last week, the first live auction conducted by the new Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers entity was held in Baltimore at the end of March and the beginning of April. In last week’s column, I discussed […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #46 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds It has already been reported that the PCGS certified ‘Specimen-65′ Naftzger-Parrino 1793 Chain Cent, with AMERI. on the reverse (back), was acquired by Bruce Morelan, who is a leading collector and a minority shareholder in Legend […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and coin collecting #45 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the recent auction in Sacramento, two 1881-S Morgan Dollars with eye-catching toning realized sums that caught my attention. While the prices realized for these two silver dollars are not huge in the realm of auctions, these […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #44 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds After discussing the motivations and strategies of bidders at coin auctions last week, and the meaning of auction prices in general, I am directing attention to current coin markets overall. I have posed questions to and […]

What are Auction Prices?

What are Auction Prices?

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community by Greg Reynolds Though auction prices are often cited as market prices, little has been written about the nature and meaning of auction prices and how these relate to market prices. I am not talking about bullion items or generic coins (like […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #42 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Feb. 15, the Professional Coin Grading Service announced an update of the “Million Dollar Coin Club,” a group of U.S. coins, pre-Federal pieces, and patterns, that are said to each be worth more than […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

News and Analysis:  scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #41 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Today’s column features recommendations for collectors. Last week, the topic was advice for true beginners.  Back in September, I wrote about coins in the $250 to $1000 range. Most of my columns, feature articles and reviews […]

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Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins:  Basics For Beginners

Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginners

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

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Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

News and Analysis on, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #39 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about the auction of an NGC certified 1907 “Rolled Edge PF-67 SATIN” $10 gold piece for a record $2,185,000. I also listed all other American coins and related items that have sold at […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #38 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the 1990s, only four coins sold at auction for more than $1 million each. Over the last decade, many have done so. Now, the auctioning of a coin or other numismatic item for more […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #37 CoinWeek Exclusive: A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In yesterday’s feature article, I wrote about the business strike silver and gold coins in the Jan. 6th Platinum Night event. This auction, however, will be best remembered for the 19th century, Proof […]

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Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek Every January at the FUN Convention, Heritage conducts a Platinum Night event as part of a large auction extravaganza that features rare U.S. coins and includes paper money, not so rare coins, tokens, medals, and more. Though one to three Platinum Night events are conducted at other coin conventions during […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Introduction of the PCGS ‘Coin Sniffer’ to detect doctored coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Introduction of the PCGS ‘Coin Sniffer’ to detect doctored coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #36 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I covered the FUN Convention in general and, soon, I will post a review of the Platinum Night event. The primary purpose of the PCGS Luncheon on Jan. 7 was to formally introduce […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #35 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa was successful, lively, and very enjoyable. According to Cindy Wibker, the convention coordinator, more than 9500 collectors and members of the “general public” attended, plus at least 1500 dealers […]

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