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Hot Topics with Laura Sperber: LIFE AT THE ANA

Hot Topics with Laura Sperber: LIFE AT THE ANA

A MINDBLOWING CRAWL! First I will say the experience so far has been far WORSE then anything I expected. Yeah, I know many people told me so, but I could not grasp the concept. The one thing I am impressed with, for as much as things are NOT happening, the current board is trying. Our President does […]

By December 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. Having just published a blog about coin rarity based on grade distribution, I’ve been thinking more about the many concepts of rarity and how they apply to coin collecting. Let’s take a look at a few and discuss them. Rarity is probably one of the two […]

By December 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine an island of 221 square miles that doesn’t have its own mint.  Even with those obstacles, the Isle of Man issues a wide range of coins ranging from low-value circulation strikes to ongoing series of silver and gold pieces.  The privately owned Pobjoy Mint cranks out coinage for the self-governing British Crown Dependency located […]

By December 12, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type, Part One-Copper

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type, Part One-Copper

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics … a CoinWeek Content Partner …………… Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, As I have promised for the last couple of months, this month’s Road Warrior is Part One of my four part series on ‘Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type’.  Part One is ALL about copper coinage.  Without getting too […]

By December 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The 2013 Season of U.S. Mint Product Sell-Outs Continues

The Coin Analyst: The 2013 Season of U.S. Mint Product Sell-Outs Continues

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As was the case about this time last year, many U.S. Mint coins issued in the past year are selling out at a quick pace and creating quite a buzz in the modern coin collecting community. And sales of a number of coins from the past two years will […]

By December 11, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
U.S. Silver Dollars of 1797

U.S. Silver Dollars of 1797

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #198 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………… Business strike early U.S. silver dollars date from 1794 to 1803. Silver dollars dated 1804 are special strikings that could not have been made before 1834. There are […]

By December 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… I recently met a new coin collector and spent a little time giving him some advice about how to get the most out of his new hobby. He and wife had decided to put some money into silver bullion and some modern coins like American silver eagles and silver […]

By December 9, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: THE HOUSTON SHOW

Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: THE HOUSTON SHOW

This show is really Legends “escape show” more so then any other including our beloved Las Vegas Shows (lately they have personally cost us too much if you know what we mean). We LOVE the hotel-the Hilton of the Americas (of all the shows we do its our favorite) and last show we flew on […]

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. It is interesting to study the grade distribution patterns for various branch mint gold issues. By this, I am referring to what percentage of a certain issue’s survivors exist in a specific grade range. In order to apply this to a practical numismatic situation, I am […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… A string of recent sell-outs of 2013 five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coins, especially the unexpected end of sales for several of the numismatic versions, is helping to drive increased interest in this series. All but three coins — two bullion and one numismatic – of this year’s ATB […]

By December 5, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the mind of collectors. There were a higher than average number of other low-mintage coins issued a century ago. Buffalo nickels debuted in 1913 and are hugely popular with 21st century collectors. That […]

By December 4, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 8: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 8: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #197 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Almost all of the U.S. silver coins that were in the Eric P. Newman Collection, plus some copper and nickel coins, were auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 15 and 16 […]

By December 4, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Is The Obamacare Fiasco Affecting Gold And Silver Prices?

Is The Obamacare Fiasco Affecting Gold And Silver Prices?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. It has been somewhat widely reported by the media that Thanksgiving weekend retail sales volume fell from 2012 levels.  I can think of two significant probable reasons why this occurred. First, even though the US government and the media are trying to pretend that […]

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com                 I was recently involved in a discussion with a collector about historic coin market trends.  He was fascinated with this history which gave him new insights into the areas he’s now collecting.  Therefore, I thought more people would be interested in a short background of the coin market during […]

By December 2, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek FAQ’s:  Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker.

CoinWeek FAQ’s: Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker.

Greetings, and welcome to the Winter edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker………. Each and every month (or thereabouts), we take questions from you, the reader, and answer them in the way only we can. Got a question that’s been bothering you? Brave enough to ask? Email us at […]

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As the end of the first year in two decades in which gold prices are down for the year to the tune of 29%, it is a good time to review the outlook for precious metals and whether it is time to rethink one’s perspective. After all, if one […]

By December 1, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Independent Precious Metals Market Analysts Running Conservative

Independent Precious Metals Market Analysts Running Conservative

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. When you see gold and silver future price projections put out by the likes of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Bank of America, Citigroup, and other trading partners of the US government, keep in mind that they are almost certainly being told what to […]

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #196 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. The silver U.S. coins that were in the collection of Eric P. Newman, along with some U.S. copper coins and nickels, were auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 15 […]

By November 27, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a timely gift […]

By November 25, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

An Open Letter to Doug Winter – November 16, 2013 ………… Hi Doug, On the day following the Eric Newman Part II early silver auction, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done for the hobby over these years. In internet parlance, I’ve been a lurker, someone who follows a […]

By November 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. Welcome back to the Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker guide to building the ultimate 20th century type set. In our last installment, we spelled out the basic principles of our type set strategy and focused on the most interesting small cent coins of the century. We […]

By November 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior:  Dot’s Coins

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Dot’s Coins

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, While some might accuse me of being somewhat of a ‘coin snob’, it has taken a lot of years and millions of dollars in rare coin purchases to get to that point!  You see, when I was a kid I was fascinated by money-any kind of money.  Old coins especially held […]

By November 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 6:  Auction Results for silver U.S. Coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 6: Auction Results for silver U.S. Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #195 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds The vast majority of the U.S. silver coins that were in the Eric P. Newman Collection, plus some other coins from the same collection, were auctioned by Heritage on […]

By November 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine a vast nation with a long and fascinating history of numismatic issues. Does that sound like an introduction for an overview of U.S. coinage? Guess again. The coins of Russia have a large collector following both internally and internationally. Eye appeal always plays a major role in popularity, and the Cyrillic lettering […]

By November 18, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Eric Newman Collection Sale

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Eric Newman Collection Sale

OF COURSE WE TOLD YOU SO! We’re not trying to be everyones warm and fuzzy friend, tell you how many cokes we drank at the auction, or the trip from hell we had to get there. The recent Eric Newman Collection auction was one of the most important auctions of past decade and we are […]

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains 12.66 ounces of silver, and it can be pursued by everyone from those with meager funds to numismatists who […]

By November 15, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the group has […]

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. A member of Russia’s national legislature, Mikhail Degtyarev has introduced a bill in that nation’s parliament to outlaw the use or possession of US Dollar currency. Degtyarev, a member of the Liberal Democrat Party and a losing candidate for mayor of Moscow in the […]

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #194 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds …………….. This is the fifth in a series on the Eric Newman Coin Collection, the most famous coin collection to be auctioned since the Eliasberg and Pittman sales […]

By November 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
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