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Ship of Gold on Display by Monaco Rare Coins at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO: 3:37

Ship of Gold on Display by Monaco Rare Coins at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO: 3:37

Adam Crum, Monaco Rare Coins Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…… Treasure from the SS Central America shipwreck was on display at the Long Beach Expo in California. The “Ship of Gold” exhibit contains artifacts, coins, and bars of gold from a ship that sunk in a hurricane in 1857. The ship contained so much gold its […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Lange’s Book on The National Coin Album Book Now Available

Lange’s Book on The National Coin Album Book Now Available

David W. Lange’s new book, Coin Collecting Albums – A Complete History & Catalog Volume One: The National Coin Album & Related Products of Beistle, Raymond & Meghrig, is now in stock and ready for purchase. This is the first book to study the landmark coin album series and other coin holders produced by these […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Gold, the Government Shutdown, and the Coming Crisis Over the Debt Ceiling

The Coin Analyst: Gold, the Government Shutdown, and the Coming Crisis Over the Debt Ceiling

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Gold spot prices have been very volatile lately. During the weeks preceding the current Federal government partial shutdown, prices had been up, reaching almost $1400 an ounce, and gold posted its only quarterly gain for the year, though it remains down about 17% for the year to date. Then […]

Sandblast ‘Matte Proof’ Gold Coins: Original 1912 Set auctioned during Autumn Long Beach Expo

Sandblast ‘Matte Proof’ Gold Coins: Original 1912 Set auctioned during Autumn Long Beach Expo

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #188 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds The emergence of an original gold Proof set from 1912 is a major event, as all “Matte Proof” gold issues are rare and a majority of the survivors […]

Shipwreck Treasure Silver Ingots recovered from torpedoed WWII freighter Gairsoppa now available from Monaco

Shipwreck Treasure Silver Ingots recovered from torpedoed WWII freighter Gairsoppa now available from Monaco

by Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins ……………. In the very early days of World War II, the high seas were no place for those faint of heart. Nazi Germany had a large and lethal force of submarines, sent out in so-called “Wolf-Packs,” to search for and destroy the numerous cargo ships bringing much-needed war […]

By October 1, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Strange CFTC Announcement About Silver Market Manipulation

Strange CFTC Announcement About Silver Market Manipulation

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Last Wednesday, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a news release titled “CFTC Closes  Investigation Concerning the Silver Market.” The last sentence of the first paragraph states, “Based upon the law and evidence as they exist at this time, there is not […]

What Should I Collect?  Tips for Building a Meaningful Set of U.S. Coins.  Part One.

What Should I Collect? Tips for Building a Meaningful Set of U.S. Coins. Part One.

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. I am often asked what I collect.  I have collected things since my earliest days.  I often tell people that ‘you either have the collecting bug-or you don’t’.  I certainly have the bug.  As a child I collected baseball cards, stamps, comic books, […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Long Beach Coin Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Long Beach Coin Show Market Report

By Legend Numismatics A FRUSTRATING SHOW We went to the show with low expectations. Good thing-our show ended up not so good. Having the finally defunct Philadelphia Show one week before that siphoned off the majority of East Coast dealers definitely took a toll. Plus, no matter how many Lakers Girls or ex athletic stars […]

Finding Ruth: Thoughts on a Family Coin collection

Finding Ruth: Thoughts on a Family Coin collection

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. The drive there was like any other. It was raining, and the kids had been screaming their heads off for over two hours. Meanwhile, my wife and I were already tired from being on the road for longer than that, traveling to High Point, North Carolina […]

By September 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst – Modern World Coins: Will Lunar Horse Coins Perform More Like Dragons or Snakes?

The Coin Analyst – Modern World Coins: Will Lunar Horse Coins Perform More Like Dragons or Snakes?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Since the summer when the first Lunar Year of the Horse 2014 coin was issued by the small nation of Tokelau, which is near New Zealand, horse-themed coins have largely dominated modern world coin collecting. The Lunar series coins are issued by more countries than any other coin, and […]

By September 26, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Goldbergs Coin Auction Offered Wide Variety of Coins Before Autumn Long Beach Expo

Goldbergs Coin Auction Offered Wide Variety of Coins Before Autumn Long Beach Expo

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #187 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Every September or October, the third Long Beach Expo of the year is held at the Long Beach Convention Center in the county of Los Angeles. This event will be […]

By September 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Federal Reserve Is Trapped with  Inflation of the Money Supply

The Federal Reserve Is Trapped with Inflation of the Money Supply

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Let me present two examples that may help you better understand what inflation of the money supply (now called quantitative easing by the US government) does to the economy. First, picture in your mind an economy that has a particular quantity of goods and […]

By September 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
From the Vaults: Four Essential Back Issues of The Numismatist

From the Vaults: Four Essential Back Issues of The Numismatist

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. While almost everybody handles coins on a daily basis, and a great many people collect them to some degree (who doesn’t stash away one or two unusual specimens in a dresser drawer or jewelry box?), some of us quickly discover a desire to learn more. And […]

By September 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
What Killed the New Orleans Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Market?

What Killed the New Orleans Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you had asked me a decade ago which series of New Orleans gold coin had the most upside potential I would have replied, “quarter eagles.” This was a series which has everything going for it. It is short-lived (a total of 14 issues were struck […]

By September 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Familiar items are often underappreciated, and Jefferson nickels tend to receive the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from collectors. The coin has been such a constant part of daily life that its 75th anniversary this year has been an under the radar event. Why collect 5-cent pieces when older or flashier series are some of […]

By September 19, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Why Did September 18 FOMC Announcement “Surprise” Investors And Markets?

Why Did September 18 FOMC Announcement “Surprise” Investors And Markets?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. After the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting ended September 18 with an announcement that the Federal Reserve would continue inflating the US money supply (masked by calling it “quantitative easing”) by $85 billion per month, initial media reports carried astonishing statements. For instance, […]

By September 19, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 2: Dipped Coins

Understanding Classic U.S. Coins and Building Excellent Coin Collections, Part 2: Dipped Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #186 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is the second in a series. It is not necessary to click to read the first part to follow the theme in this second part. This discussion is about […]

By September 18, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
And The Winner For Most Popular Coin Is….

And The Winner For Most Popular Coin Is….

I bought a ton of coins at the recent ANA. They ranged in price from under $1,000 to close to $100,000 and nearly all have been sold on my website in the two+ weeks since the end of the show. One coin garnered more attention than any other. It was ordered no less than eleven […]

By September 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
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 →
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