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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection –  1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that […]

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   On December 31, 1600, Queen Elizabeth (later the first) of England bestowed a Royal Charter upon the East India Company. Its original mission was to expand Great Britain’s trade with Asia, and India in particular. It was first financed by about 200 British businessmen and merchants […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Moves Higher as the Dollar Sinks

Gold Market Report – Gold Moves Higher as the Dollar Sinks

Commentary for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ….. Gold closed up $19.00 today on the Comex at $1,252.60. This is not the “magic” number but it is magic enough if you know what I mean. The reason for this upward pressure was two factors […]

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The America the Beautiful Quarters program launched in 2010. It arrived on the heels of the most successful coin program in United States History: the 50 State Quarters Program. What made that program so popular was the idea that, with each release, Americans literally carried history […]

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Andrew Jackson to be replaced on the $20 bill By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In May of 2015, the single-issue lobbying group Women On 20s presented President Barack Obama with a petition seeking to get Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew to redesign the $20 Federal Reserve note to replace the portrait of Andrew […]

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   A total of 17 half eagles were produced at the New Orleans mint between 1840 and 1909. Focusing on the No Motto Liberty Head issues (struck between 1840 and 1857) there are at least five issues which I would call “rare” (i.e., fewer than 100 […]

Silver Coins –  Why Every American Should Own Silver

Silver Coins – Why Every American Should Own Silver

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Every American should own at least a little silver. No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that? If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea… It’s […]

Bullion and Bullion Coins: The Name of the Game

Bullion and Bullion Coins: The Name of the Game

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   In the coin industry, “bullion” is a word with many connotations. To the extent that older circulating coinage contains silver and gold, many collectible coins are bought and sold according to their intrinsic–or “bullion”–value. But when we say “bullion” in today’s marketplace, we usually mean ingots […]

Coin Auctions – Gardner Coins, Partrick Early US Pieces & Other Rarities Re-Appear at CSNS

Coin Auctions – Gardner Coins, Partrick Early US Pieces & Other Rarities Re-Appear at CSNS

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #327 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention will be held April 27-30. In the official auction, which will be conducted […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL (except perhaps the dog), the horse is beloved for its strength, intelligence, speed, loyalty and beauty. The earliest images of horses created by people appear on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France, dated to almost 30,000 years ago[1]. People first […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: “Stop buying so many coins.” Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin enthusiasts cheerfully joke about needing to satisfy their “addiction” on a regular basis, so why […]

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …….. [This article was originally published on CoinLink in 2011.]  There will not be a live event conducted by any of the leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins in the next couple of weeks. […]

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Finally Reacts to Dovish Fed Minutes

Gold Market Report – Gold Finally Reacts to Dovish Fed Minutes

Commentary for Thursday, April 7, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed up $15.00 on the Comex today at $1228.00. This is starting to look like a ping-pong match – even though the dollar was flat. I wish this up-draft was a game-changer but my […]

Coin Auctions – Market Realities & Strong Prices Realized in Rarities Night Auction

Coin Auctions – Market Realities & Strong Prices Realized in Rarities Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #326 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   On Thursday, March 31, at the Baltimore Convention center, Stack’s-Bowers conducted a “Rarities Night” event, as one session in a large auction of a wide variety of items. […]

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As modern U.S. coins grew in popularity and became an important segment of the coin market over the last several decades, there was no real concomitant emergence of a significant numismatic literature about this burgeoning field. There are a few key works, like Eric Jordan’s Modern Commemorative Coins […]

Coin Collecting – A Hobby for All

Coin Collecting – A Hobby for All

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Coin collecting is one of the oldest and certainly one of the most popular hobbies in existence. Some might say that if is not the most widely followed of hobbies, it’s right up there. Young and old alike have shared the pleasures and rewards of coin collecting […]

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemoratives, such as the 2014 National Baseball Hall […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Virtually Unchanged – Ignoring the Panama Papers

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Virtually Unchanged – Ignoring the Panama Papers

Commentary for Monday, April 4, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …….   Gold closed down $1.90 today on the Comex at $1218.30. The overnight markets were very flat – gold traded within a $5.00 range in both Hong Kong and London and the domestic market moved between […]

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

Coin Collecting Strategies – 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 a recent major 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, hotel and […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Link to Part 1 | Part 2 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer versus the tax […]

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   During World War II and on into the Cold War, American G.I.s returning from deployment overseas often came home with handfuls of foreign coins as souvenirs. For many collectors of a certain age, this was their first taste of the fascinating field of coin collecting. The […]

US Gold Coins – Overlooked 1892 Carson City Eagle in Stacks Bowers Coin Auction

US Gold Coins – Overlooked 1892 Carson City Eagle in Stacks Bowers Coin Auction

1892-CC Liberty Eagle. MS-62+ (PCGS). CAC. A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds  …….. News and Analysis  on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #325 This week, an 1892-CC eagle is ‘in the news,’ as an especially desirable, PCGS graded “MS-62+” coin will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers on March 31st, in Baltimore. The […]

Guest Commentary – Early Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Rolls Far Rarer than Believed

Guest Commentary – Early Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Rolls Far Rarer than Believed

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… There was a time when Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) rolls of coins were available in large quantities. Coins of every date and denomination, minted in the 1950s, ’40s and even the ’30s could be acquired with little or no difficulty. But that was 50 years ago. Today, the […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 1

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 1

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Is there anything better suited to honor the famous figures of history than a coin? Different artifacts associated with an individual may still exist, but these objects are frequently irreplaceable and irreproducible, with much of the appeal based on a personal connection to the individual […]

World Coin Market – 2016 Demand for Quality British Coins Increasing

World Coin Market – 2016 Demand for Quality British Coins Increasing

Charles I (1625-49), Shilling, Tower Mint under Parliament. mint mark ‘eye’ both sides (1645). When you own this piece of ART you have distinguished owners before you: Dr.Carter, Fitch, Murdoch, Montagu, Webb, Shepherd – and that only takes you back to 1885! By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   Art & Eye Appeal The questions […]

Coin Board News – Number 38

Coin Board News – Number 38

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 38 — Spring 2016 COIN BOARDS (not) FOR SALE Though I did manage to purchase seven coin boards during the past quarter, three of these went into my own collection, while three others were placed to a want-list customer. The […]

How The Royal Mint  is Attempting to Redefine “Legal Tender” for Collector Coins

How The Royal Mint is Attempting to Redefine “Legal Tender” for Collector Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……   Royal Mint Refusal to Redeem Commemorative Coins at Face Value Calls Into Question Value of Modern Collector Issues from the UK The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom, one of the world’s leading mints and manufacturers of circulating and commemorative coins, has established a disturbing […]

Baseball’s Golden Glove: The Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

Baseball’s Golden Glove: The Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The most popular–and arguably the most beautiful–United States gold commemorative coin is probably still the 1915 Panama-Pacific $50 piece (especially the octagonal variety). It’s the stuff of fantasy league coin collecting. But rounding the bases right behind is a stone cold rookie: the 2014 $5 gold […]

Classic Coin Auctions – Half Cents to Quarters Feature at Rarities Night in Baltimore

Classic Coin Auctions – Half Cents to Quarters Feature at Rarities Night in Baltimore

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #324 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds   On Thursday, March 31, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers will conduct a Rarities Night event. This will be one session in a large and varied official auction of […]

 
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