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SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

SILVER 101: Stacking and Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Whether they admit it or not, silver investors can get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to a few 100-ounce bars at a time. While “stacking” is enjoyable, it’s possible to get two forms of entertainment from the process. Thousands of different one-ounce silver rounds and […]

By September 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
World Coins: The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

World Coins: The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention Costa Rica, and images of natural beauty, rain forests and a popular retirement destination for Americans comes to mind. Like most small nations, Costa Rica has a very low profile in the numismatic community. That means an interesting history of coinage is largely overlooked, and the collector who wants to take the […]

By September 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 1: General Concepts

Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 1: General Concepts

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #185 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Although this series relates to costly, classic U.S. coins, many of the points put forth herein apply to collecting inexpensive coins as well, and there are many exciting, classic U.S. […]

By September 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Stop Physical Coin Sales ?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Stop Physical Coin Sales ?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Longtime Numismatic News editor David Harper likes to write provocative columns and online posts. I do too, as they can help get debate going. In a “The Buzz” blog post  dated September 10th, he noted that the U.S. Mint plans to close its coin sales kiosk (really just a […]

By September 11, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – It’s Coin Time

Legend Numismatics Market Report – It’s Coin Time

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……….. With all the little ones back at something else other then wanting your immediate attention every 5 minutes and the bigger kids off to college to slack, its back to your time. Its coin time! Sure the summer was exceptionally active, but now you can sit at home […]

Begin Collecting Early American Coins with the Draped Bust-Heraldic EagleType

Begin Collecting Early American Coins with the Draped Bust-Heraldic EagleType

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com …….. As the number of collectors who are buying up early American coins grows, these coins are becoming scarcer, forcing their prices higher over the long-term.  This has been a problem that has caused many collectors to change their areas of collecting interest. For example, a few problem-free early American […]

By September 6, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The 1854-S Double Eagle US Gold Coin: A Study

The 1854-S Double Eagle US Gold Coin: A Study

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The 1854-S double eagle is one of the most interesting Liberty Head double eagles. It is widely acclaimed by collectors due to its status as the first double eagle from this mint, and the rarity of the quarter eagle and half eagle from this year makes […]

By September 6, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Free Competition in Currency Act: Member Of Congress Does Not Understand Economics And US Monetary History

The Free Competition in Currency Act: Member Of Congress Does Not Understand Economics And US Monetary History

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Last week, a customer of mine forwarded to me the text of a letter he received from the US House of Representatives member for his district.  The August 28 letter was in response to our customer’s request that this Representative support H.R. 77, the […]

Rare & Historically Important English Gold Sovereigns of King Henry VII

Rare & Historically Important English Gold Sovereigns of King Henry VII

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, column #184………. A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. The Gold Sovereigns of King Henry VII are legendary rarities and are of great historical importance. Henry VII ruled England from 1485 to 1509. He was the father […]

By September 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Leo Freese wrote recently  about the 2013-W Buffalo reverse proof gold coins, specifically those sold and graded at the recent ANA World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois and asked if he should buy those coins. He suggested that because no more than 1500 of the total mintage […]

By September 3, 2013 23 Comments Read More →
Laura Sperber’s HOT TOPICS: THE ANA GANG

Laura Sperber’s HOT TOPICS: THE ANA GANG

Comments by ANA Board of Govenors Laura Sperber on her Websites HOT TOPICS Blog ……… NOT HORRIFIC So far I have not seen a complete train wreck, just a slight derailment. BUT I have now seen enough to know NOT to expect any great changes, things move SLOOOOW, and there definately are board memebers with […]

By September 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Stack’s-Bowers 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Famous 1878-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar

The Stack’s-Bowers 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Famous 1878-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, column #183………. The Rarities Night event of Aug. 15th was one of many sessions in the official ANA convention coin and paper money auction by Stack’s-Bowers, which totaled more than $46 […]

It’s Not “Too Late” To Buy Gold And Silver!

It’s Not “Too Late” To Buy Gold And Silver!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. On August 7 I wrote my company’s latest monthly newsletter (titled Liberty’s Outlook).  The headline read “The Wait Is Almost Over”.  As I write this early Tuesday morning, the price of gold is up more than 10% and silver over 25% in the past […]

The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Probably no modern U.S. coin series divides collectors as much as the gold First Spouse coins issued by the U.S. Mint since 2007. The debate over these coins focuses on two main issues: whether the coins should have been issued in the first place and their long-term outlook. Some […]

Greg Reynolds Wins Numismatic Literary Guild Best All-Around Portfolio Award. VIDEO: 2:45

Greg Reynolds Wins Numismatic Literary Guild Best All-Around Portfolio Award. VIDEO: 2:45

Maurice Rosen, NLG Presenter and Director…….. Membership in the Numismatic Literary Guild is open to authors of numismatic books; publishers and editors of recognized numismatic periodicals or club publications in the numismatic field; staff writers or columnists of such periodicals; writers whose work has been published in such periodicals or club journals; published research numismatists; […]

By August 26, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek FAQ’s – August 2013

CoinWeek FAQ’s – August 2013

  Greetings! Welcome to the August edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. Each month, we take some of the more interesting questions from the reader mailbag and answer them in our unique, analytical way. If you have a question for us, email us at charles@coinweek.com Q. I’ve acquired over 600 proof […]

By August 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You know how I feel about Coin show reports. They tend to be self-serving, inaccurate, biased as hell, and generally not very interesting. Which is why I stopped writing them a few years ago. But most readers of this blog want to know about my experiences […]

By August 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: ANA Convention Highlights Include Buffalo Gold Coins and Future Plans of the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: ANA Convention Highlights Include Buffalo Gold Coins and Future Plans of the U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At the recently-concluded American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, the most important coin show of the year, a major highlight was the fact that the US Mint was selling the 2013-W American Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin in person to show attendees. From the start […]

The 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 2: Results for Gold Coins

The 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 2: Results for Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, column #182 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Thursday, Aug. 15, at a convention center near Chicago, Stack’s-Bowers conducted a Rarities Night session as part of the official auction of the summer ANA convention. The Rarities […]

American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, 2013 Coin Show Report

American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, 2013 Coin Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. I thought I’d take a proactive approach this time and write my show report while the event is still fresh in my mind. As you read this, and my opinions flip flop between positive and negative, I’m doing this not to attack anyone, but to point out areas that could stand to […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs such […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The 2013 ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The 2013 ANA Coin Show

by Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……… Even though collector traffic was a bit light, we did manage to have a blockbuster show! Its close too being our all time best. We quit counting our sales when we broke $2,000,000.00! Even buying wasn’t bad. We knew from the pre show it was not going to […]

By August 18, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst:  Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

The Coin Analyst: Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

 By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As expected, the most anticipated U.S. gold coin of the year, the 2013-W $50 Reverse Proof Buffalo, is selling at very brisk pace On Thursday, August 8, the day the coin was launched,  CoinNews.net reported that 2,641 orders for 12,630 coins were received during the first half hour of […]

1804 Silver Dollar Sells for $3.88 Million in pre-ANA Auction near Chicago

1804 Silver Dollar Sells for $3.88 Million in pre-ANA Auction near Chicago

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding U.S. coins, coin markets, and  coin auctions #181 ….. During the evening of Friday, August 9, Heritage conducted a ‘Platinum Night’ session as part of this firm’s pre-ANA auction at a hotel near Chicago. The ANA Convention is currently […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report:  The Pre 2013 ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Pre 2013 ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. The ANA Coin Show it self has not even started and we are ready to go home! Yeah we are exhausted! Between the show it self and the Heritage Auction, we’ve been going non stop for four days already. The action has been more than positive! HERITAGE AUCTION […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Shipments Delayed by Packaging, According to U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Shipments Delayed by Packaging, According to U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… West Point set delays A large number of purchasers of the 2013-W West Point silver eagle sets have been frustrated by ongoing delays in the shipment of their orders. Although they found out as soon as their orders were placed that the sets would not ship right away, many […]

The 2013 ANA Rarities Night Coin Auction, Part 1: Preview of Copper & Silver Coins

The 2013 ANA Rarities Night Coin Auction, Part 1: Preview of Copper & Silver Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding US coins, coin markets, and  coin auctions #180 ….. On Thursday, Aug. 15th Stack’s-Bowers will conduct a Rarities Night session as part of the official coin auction of the summer ANA convention. The purpose here is not to list […]

Pre-Publication Offer on National Coin Album Book

Pre-Publication Offer on National Coin Album Book

Numismatic researcher and author David W. Lange has written a new book that is being published by his own imprint, PennyBoard Press™. Titled Coin Collecting Albums – A Complete History & Catalog Volume One: The National Coin Album & Related Products of Beistle, Raymond & Meghrig, this is the first book to study the landmark […]

Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……… While dealing in coins for more than forty years, I’ve observed that the most experienced and sophisticated collector/investors are drawn to collecting early American coins – the very first coins produced by our country.  These are the coins minted between 1793, the first year of regular issue United States […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Releases from Great Britain, San Marino, Australia, and Canada

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Releases from Great Britain, San Marino, Australia, and Canada

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… Modern world coin collectors have to be selective because so many different releases are issued regularly all over the world. Even if you only collect the coins of one country, most people find it necessary to zero in on the coins and series that have the most appeal to […]

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