News & Articles for: Mark Ferguson

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select... read more »

 

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Using gold as an example, the first investing decision you need to make is whether you want to invest in “paper gold” or “physical gold.”  Paper gold is one of the investment instruments... read more »

 

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they... read more »

 

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also... read more »

 

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com As an owner, or buyer or seller of rare coins, have you ever thought about how a professional coin appraisal can help you?  Normally, we think of coin appraisals as being used primarily for... read more »

 

Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com There have been three major trends driving the coin market during 2011 that are continuing to influence the market into 2012.  All three of these trends are economically driven. The most influential... read more »

 

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com In my last column I wrote about “early” United States Mint commemorative coins struck between 1892 and 1954.  These are legal tender silver half dollars, struck by the U.S. Mint, which... read more »

 

U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Virtually all collectors of rare coins want to ultimately profit from their investment in their collections. Many collectors choose to collect those coins they think have long-term investment... read more »

 

The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com There are several of us coin dealers nationwide who’ve been in this business virtually all our lives – for 40, 50 or 60 years, or even longer – since we were teenagers, or even younger.... read more »

 

Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

Considerations for Investing In Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Prices of rare coins appreciate because new money enters the rare coin market vying for their limited supply. They decline in value when selling rare coins becomes a trend and buyers take their... read more »

 

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Last week I wrote about why some economists believe our economy is going into a high inflationary period and how rare coins went into a runaway market during the last inflationary spiral, which... read more »

 

Is High Inflation Just Around the Corner?

Is High Inflation Just Around the Corner?

How Rare Coins Performed During the Last Major Inflationary Spiral By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Our national debt load has grown to virtually $15 trillion today. Just three years ago it was around $10 trillion, and about... read more »

 

Rare Coins Serve as Stellar Inflation Hedges!

Rare Coins Serve as Stellar Inflation Hedges!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com If you’re an investor who believes high inflation is just around the corner and who sees rare coins as a terrific inflation hedge, as they’ve been in the past, now’s a great time to get... read more »

 

New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com/1804Dollar.com A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s... read more »

 

The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

Background of the ANA’s Idler 1804 Dollar as Exhibited at the 2011 World’s Fair of Money in Chicago -  Part 1 By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The “Idler Specimen” of the 1804 Dollar, a coin issue that’s often referred... read more »

 

What Goes On at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?

What Goes On at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com If you’ve never been to a summer ANA convention, or if you’ve never been to any coin show at all for that matter, I’d like to describe for you what goes on at the American Numismatic Association’s... read more »

 

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The coin market is at the leading edge of an emerging trend in coin grading and coin pricing. It started four years ago with the recognition of premium quality coins by CAC, Certified Acceptance... read more »

 

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com When most people think of coin collecting, they think of filling albums with coins organized by date of issue and mintmark, or organizing boxes of encapsulated coins in a similar way. But trends... read more »

 

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market... read more »

 

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Okay, so you’ve decided that owning rare coins for economic and personal reasons makes sense. Now, how do you get a grip on how the rare coin market works? First of all, take an interest... read more »

 
 
 
 
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